Pier pressure | 1923 Bouchard Ainé & Fils Richebourg from a Southend cellar

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It was warm in England in 2022… And in 1923.

In London there was a spectacular thunderstorm overnight on 9th-10th July 1923 after temperatures had risen to 29C in southeast England.

In Southend-on-Sea– 35 miles east of London – there were rumours of a drought.

Actually, the local authorities cut off the water supply temporarily to prevent a shortage of water while the town was overwhelmed by day-trippers visiting Southend Pier, the world’s longest pleasure pier, which was opened in 1889 and extends over 7,000 feet into the Thames Estuary.

Following Arden Fine Wines’ trip to Southend, there might now be a shortage of 1923 vintage wines…

From the 18-acre Richebourg vineyard in Vosne-Romanée, this Bouchard Ainé & Fils bottling is a rare survivor from the 1923 vintage that came to us from an Essex cellar, in or near Southend.

The weather in Burgundy in 1923 was not as warm as in Southend but the wines of this vintage were distinguished.

An ideal bottle for a 100th birthday celebration.

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