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comet vintages

comet wine (GB)

Designation for qualitatively special wines in connection with celestial phenomena. There were always outstanding vintages related to the appearance of a large comet. In ancient times, due to widespread superstition as the cause just assumed the appearance of these celestial bodies and referred to these wines as "comet wines". The best known example is probably the one often mentioned in Germany 1811er, This year, a comet discovered by Honoré Flaugergues (1755-1830) appeared, one of the three largest so far with a tail length well over 100 million kilometers. Above it exists a picture where the comet over the castle Ratz at the municipality St. Goar you can see. A second example is the outstanding vintage of 1858, in which the comet, named after its discoverer Giovanni Donati, appeared.

great comet from 1811 (Flaugergues - C / 1811 F1) / via St. Goar and Burg Ratz

The third example was the very bright comet Tebbutt, visible to the naked eye and discovered by an Australian amateur astronomer in 1861 - the earth flew undamaged through the comet's tail. However, the year is rated differently in the relevant wine literature. The fourth and final example is the year 1911, also known as the Comet Year, although Halley's Comet (who regularly returns on average every 76 years) had already appeared in the sky a year earlier. The Halley years of publication 1834 (before) and 1986 (for the last time) but were good vintages, but by far none Wines of the century, A possible comet impact is the area of Esoteric assigned. See also below special wines,

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