1991 Bordeaux Wine Vintage Summary with harvest information, vintage characteristics, buying tips and links.
1991 Bordeaux wine is atrocious. The vintage, the product of the second coldest vintage in recorded history was a complete disaster in Pomerol and St. Emilion and not much better in the Left Bank or Pessac Leognan. Numerous estates declassified their 1991 Bordeaux wine. How did this happen? Below freezing temperatures struck the vineyards April 21. Temperatures were 15 degrees below zero. This destroyed many of the young buds. After an above average summer, massive amounts of rain drenched the vineyards of Bordeaux starting September 25. The Bordeaux harvest officially began September 30, for a deservedly, depressed group of vintners.
1991 Bordeaux wine is not worth buying. If you need a birth year or anniversary wine, Cote Rotie wines are stunning! Hermitage is also strong. It is also a great, if not potentially historic year for California Cabernet Sauvignon.
To read about other Bordeaux vintages from 1945 to today: Bordeaux Year to Year Detailed Vintage Reports & Guide 1945 to Today