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comet vintages

comet wine (GB)

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

large 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 - the earth flew undamaged through the tail of the comet. The year is rated differently in the relevant wine literature. The fourth and last example is the year 1911, also called the comet year, although Halley's comet (which regularly recurs on average every 76 years) had appeared in the sky a year earlier. The Halley years of publication 1834 (before) and 1986 (for the last time so far) were good years, but by far none Wines of the century, A possible comet influence is in the area of Esoteric assigned. See also under special wines,

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