This was one of the great vintages of the 20th century, surpassing, in the view of many experts, the equally celebrated 1961. There is an additional poignancy linked to the 1945 vintage, since it had to be produced so soon after the end of the Second World War, and many conscripted vineyard and winery workers would have died in battle. Nor would it have been possible to purchase new barrels and other equipment so soon after the cessation of hostilities. Nonetheless, all the first growths made superlative wines, and Pétrus, from the Right Bank, was their equal.
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