In 1928, at the height of the Jazz Age, the River Thames flooded central London; Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a successful transatlantic flight; Herbert Hoover became President of the USA; Mickey Mouse made his first sound film appearance in Steamboat Willie; and two notorious novels – Radclyffe Hall’s The Well of Loneliness and D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover – were published. (I read them as a curious teenager 😉).
In Bordeaux wine country, the sun shone and the grapes grew thick skins, so that the resulting wines had tannins as dense as plutonium.
The late great Michael Broadbent MW noted that some 1928 clarets were still exuberantly tannic 70 years later.
Like the wines of the 1870 and 1900 vintages, they seemed to have been built by the same firm that did Stonehenge (to paraphrase John Le Carré).
Those heroic tannins might sustain some 1928s for years to come.
The great vintage duo of 1928-1929 has its latter-day equivalent with 1989-1990, though Château Margaux can also claim 1982-1983 as a classic double.
The provenance is assured: “’Tis no counterfeit”, as my Warwickshire kinsman William Shakespeare put it.
It could well reach its century – if it’s not opened before 2028… 😋