1973 Bordeaux Wine Vintage Report and Buying Guide

1973  Bordeaux Wine Vintage Summary with harvest information, vintage characteristics, buying tips and links. If you are seeking more in-depth information on anything and everything related to the Bordeaux wine region please see the: All About Bordeaux Wine Guide

1973 Bordeaux is the product of a cold, wet summer, which was made worse by a rain filled August. 1973 Bordeaux wine are not worth purchasing today. At best, they were light, early drinking wines when released. Time is never kind to Bordeaux wine produced in that style. Nor should it be.

Perhaps 1973 Bordeaux wine could have been slightly better if the chateaux had the money and desire to make the best wine possible. But as the Bordeaux market collapsed the previous vintage, producers did not have money to do the work needed in the cellars and in the vineyards to make better wine. Add to that, knowing there was absolutely no market for Bordeaux wine at the time, most of the chateaux gave up on the 1973 Bordeaux vintage, hoping to get on to the next year as soon as possible. Who could blame them?

If you’re seeking a gift to celebrate a birthday or anniversary, it’s possible find a decent bottle of 1973 California Cabernet Sauvignon. Champagne was also reported to be good in 1973. If those choices do not work for you, grab a copy of “Houses of the Holy” from Led Zeppelin or “Dark Side of the Moon” from Pink Floyd and crank it up!

To read about other Bordeaux vintages from 1945 to today: Bordeaux Year to Year Detailed Vintage Reports & Guide 1945 to Today