Some wines make their reputation on one great vintage. Mouton-Rothschild made it on the 1945. Cheval-Blanc is known for its 1947, and Heitz Martha's Vineyard stakes its claim on the 1974. Like a band that makes its name with one song and never follows up, there may be other good tunes, but that big hit stays in your mind.
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