We often get enquiries at Yapp HQ for vintage bottles of wine to celebrate anniversaries and birthdays and the such like, and today we had a question about 'what was actually good in 1973'? Well, other than it being the year that Bowie killed off Ziggy Stardust, the UK entering the EU and The Exorcist scaring a whole generation, we thought we would check the cellars at Yapp HQ.


vintage wine bottles


Yapp Brothers had been in business for a mere (get it?) 4 years back then, so even raiding our archives there wasn't much there we could shout about. We did find a few bottles of Sancerre 1972, but frankly I'd not recommend it given that our current Sancerre: Domaine André Vatan 'Les Perriers' Blanc 2015 is 'best drunk within 2 years of vintage'. So, 1973 – bad in the Rhône, rather just not good with heavy rains in September, but the year wasn't too bad in the Loire although there's not much of it left - anywhere!


Hamish with 1973 Fender Telecaster


As anniversaries go, I've got what polite people refer to as a 'big birthday' this year, so given the short supply of vintage wines I decided to involve one of my other passions in life and have made a few reconnaissance trips to the simplify wonderful Vintage and Rare Guitars in Bath (, where given the short supply and high demand of good vintages of anything I've got my birthday present a few months early (to my wife's normal despair when another guitar turns up at home). My USA Fender Telecaster 1973 now holds pride of place in my cave – I won’t mention the price but safe to say it's not far off what a bottle of 1973 Dom Perignon P3 Plenitude Brut would set you back – just don't tell the wife!


1973 Fender Telecaster


Meanwhile, if you want to have a look at a few of our vintage wines – why not have a look here: