Merlot reached very high sugars (well above 1982, 1989). Hot without the extremes of 2003 in spring & summer. Summary: ‘Payback’ time for Sauternes, and dry whites also shone, but it was clearly the most difficult red wine vintage for decades across Bordeaux. The mid-September rains initiated the process, but it wasn’t until the rains of September 30th and October 10th that noble rot could proliferate, and superb quality fruit was picked between October 17th and 25th, with further tries continuing into November. Some properties picked before full maturity; sorting essential to remove unripe berries. Supple wines, some highly extracted. Harvesting of white grapes started mid-August. The vintage reports are based on all my experience with the vintage in question, and not only the bottles mentioned in the tasting notes here on this site. 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However, a re-tasting of top châteaux in 2017 revealed many classic clarets on the Left Bank that were drinking well at the time. There were more rains in the first part of September, and good harvest weather afterwards, though with rain and rot threatening, the Cabernets were often brought in hastily. Ideal & complete onset of botrytis. Jane Anson. There is no systematic left bank/right bank differentiation in this vintage, though differences between individual properties can be marked. Over in St-Emilion, many wines were big and bold, partially reflecting winemaking trends of the time. December 29th, 2008 By Loren Sonkin ... Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of specific knowledge about a bottle or producer. Click on the vintage years below to see full reports, including more in-depth weather information, en primeur verdicts and quality assessments. The long, warm, dry summer which followed improved matters... almost to excess, since the lack of humidity in September meant that noble rot didn’t develop as it should have done, and growers had to sit back and wait. Very well-balanced, aromatic whites benefitted from cooler weather. Despite our database of 225,000+ wine reviews covering decades of vintages and regions around the … Just below is the classification of the best vintages of Saint-Émilion wines: the first classification is that of Robert Parker, then the second comes from two Wine Spectator. Powerful, deep-coloured wines with no shortage of (generally well-managed) tannins suggest this may be one of the region’s longer-lived vintages. Hot, dry year, cooler nights with fewer heat spikes than 2003/2005. Where do winemakers place 2014 on the vintage rankings? Lower production of liquoreux than 2005. Château Latour is one of these extraordinary wines. Cabernet Sauvignon more successful than Merlot. Clay soils in Sauternes, limestone in Barsac yielded best wines.Well-defined, aromatic wines combine concentration & balanced acidity. Summer was very dry, apart from a period of heavy rain at the end of June; July was cloudy and mild, and August cool to begin with, followed by hot and sunny weather later in the month (though properties in the Graves were hit by hail at the end of August). It was, in the end, a very late harvest for the sweet wines (though a very early one for the dry wines, with a full two months’ difference between the two in some cases). A New Vintage Chart for Red Bordeaux A New Vintage Chart for Red Bordeaux By Charles M. Bear Dalton. and a very hot, and dry, summer and autumn allowed vignerons to decide on their own harvest dates. There are some very good wines, but soils were key. By . Good October weather insures ripening. NR (not rated) appears when stock is available but the vintage … Merlot struggled to ripen, some harvested too early. Other reds were irregular in maturity. Extremely dry from mid-July, then rain in Médoc 24-26 September, with more rain in October. Ordering from the Vintages 2019 Bordeaux Futures Offer will be closed from Monday, November 16th to Tuesday, November 17th while we prepare our second offer of new and previously sold-out products. September & October had alternating rains, mists & hot, dry periods. Vintage Charts Making a wine is a labour of love - the cummulative result of a blend of uninfluencable nautural circumstances, select human intervention and unparralled patience and expertise. Acidities are sometimes low but the wines are lush, fruity and sensual, and should make an attractive mid-term ageing prospect. April and May were chaotic, but the weather during flowering in early June turned propitious. Merlot achieved maturity in general. After the early start to the year, véraison (the grape’s colour change) was three weeks ahead of normal. Vintage Chart Wine News Matter of Taste Editorial Calendar Glossary Terms Marketing Resources About Us About The Wine Advocate The Wine Advocate Reports & Wine Reviews RPWA Rating System Reviewer Team Support FAQ Contact Us Join Us Personal Subscription Commercial Subscription Gift Subscription Subscription Agreement Redeem Little sorting was required. Varying degrees of noble rot. The best dry white wines are rich with tropical fruit characters, but less successful examples are flabby and lack vitality. Château Pavie 2005 – 100/100 After the driest autumn for 115 years, a wet winter was needed but only partially supplied: November was wet; December dry; and January and February normal. Merlots began to be picked in early October, and the Cabernets in mid-October. Higher sugars in Cabernets than 2009/2005. Yields were drastically down in many cases and consultant Stephane Derenoncourt described producing the vintage from bud to barrel as a ‘war against nature’. Lack of complete & uniform ripeness. There are plenty of good options at Cru Bourgeois level in this vintage. Summary: Some excellent wines, particularly in that northern Médoc triumvirate of St-Julien, Pauillac and St-Estèphe. Irregular reds, at best elegant, lighter weight with lower alcohol for mid-term cellaring. Jane Anson. Southern France. Each vintage, from every region of the world, has a personality all it's own, and navigating these can be both a somewhat daunting and deeply illuminating process. Here is the 2017 list of the top rated great wines of the AOC Saint-Émilion: Ranking by Robert Parker- Best vintage of Saint-Émilion. Aromatic, tannic wines for long cellaring. While red Bordeaux wine is clearly the most popular and collectable of the world’s great wines, it is unarguable that whole of red Bordeaux cannot be looked at as a single unit. On the Right Bank, Pomerol was judged one of the most successful appellations at en primeur, while St-Emilion struggled with September rains. Those three appellations, that had the best of the glorious late Autumn weather and most crucially suffered less from rain in August and October. Luscious wines and ripe fruit, albeit there were some concerns about low acidity on the Left Bank. It was an early and generous harvest for Sauternes, beginning at the same time as the red harvest at the end of September and continuing throughout October, with several breaks for storms. ‘It would have needed a very poor winemaker to introduce vegetal notes and a stupid one to over-extract,’ said Steven Spurrier after tasting the wines en primeur. Attack by. Leading properties in St Estèphe, Pauillac and St Julien have made the best red wines of the Médoc: fresh, but balanced and structured, too, like a cross between 2014 and 2015. She said the wines were coming towards their drinking windows – 2010 is expected to be more long-lived at present. Summary: Bordeaux 2017 was marked by devastating frosts early in the growing season. Best are balanced, medium-weight & elegant. In terms of drinking, 2017 will be earlier to approach than the 2015s or 2016s, probably coming into play around the same time as the 2014s, so think six to eight years rather than 10 to 12. Lower yields. Balanced & poised whites with expressive fruit qualities. Quality in general is outstanding, with dark, sumptuously rich yet freshly balanced wines; Merlot looks even better than Cabernet Franc. July was, by contrast, very hot and dry, mitigating some of the disease pressure; but then the worst storm to hit Bordeaux since the 1999 hurricane caused extensive damage on July 26. At its best, concentrated, structured wines which have aged well, though initially in shadow of 2000. Aromatic, concentrated whites. Cabernet wines were noted for their excellent ripeness. The dry white wines of Pessac-Léognan, by contrast, are impressive. Extremely limited appearance of noble rot. A particularly generous harvest of classic, exceptionally rich liquoreux. The Merlot crop was picked in generally good weather in mid-September, though with rot threatening some of the bunches. Limited volume of successful wines from Barsac & limestone soils, with sugar level similar to 2008. Botrytis did not set in until 23 September, then spread slowly & irregularly. Welcome to Decanter’s Bordeaux vintage guide page. Jane Anson. After sampling 125 wines, Bloomberg’s wine columnist has everything you need to know about this exciting year. The only exception are those wines grown on sandy soils in St Emilion which sometimes suffered during the long dry months of July and August. Summary: Not an easy year but generally viewed as better than 2011; albeit there was talk of reappraisal for the 11s in 2018. Rain disrupts & limits noble rot. Vintage Chart of all major countries and regions and the ratings per vintage from 1 (lowest score) to 10 (highest score). Summary: The ripe middle vintage of what would become a holy trinity – 2005, 2009 and 2010. We work for our readers. Very low yields. The three summer months, by contrast, were hot and sunny; indeed Pomerol experienced its sunniest September on record while temperatures in St Emilion were a full 1.5°C above long-term averages throughout August, September and October. More detailed vintage charts, including details on the growing seasons, harvest conditions style and character of the wines are avaiable for Beaujolais, Rhône, Provence Languedoc-Roussillon, Bordeaux and Sauternes.. You can read about the growing season … Pomerol has achieved some of the most consistently successful results in Bordeaux 2018, while in St Emilion those properties with a high percentage of Cabernet Franc in their blends were often outstanding. Clay-rich soils fared better, sandy soils worse, due to water stress. Summary: An excellent red wine vintage on both banks, helped on by a dry and sunny August, September and October with cool nights; conditions that enabled estates to pick grapes at optimal ripeness. Irregular and incomplete ripening in Médoc; Cabernets are heterogeneous and can be herbaceous. The hot, dry weather in July turned the tide, and the warm, humid conditions in August and September benefitted sweet wines, with extensive noble rot developing and spreading swiftly in the latter month. The tricky flowering conditions in late May caused problems for Sémillon, and the disappointing July and August weather meant considerable disease pressure in the vineyards. A memorable year & highly uniform success for all liquoreux. Jane Anson awarded four 100-point scores after re-tasting 67 of the top estates. Best display fine sugar-acid balance, others are light. No doubt at all that the Pessac-Léognan and Margaux appellations produced some spectacular wines, but for consistency of achievement you have to go to St-Emilion and Pomerol. Flowering went well, though the fruit set was modest rather than generous; the vines withstood the midsummer heat well. Complete, fleshy reds, rich in color & phenolic content. The year began with the coldest January for 30 years, followed by a warm early spring, with February and March both 1.5˚C over the long-term average. Summary: This vintage met all the conditions for a great year and has gone down as a triumph for many, which means it is well worth considering smaller-scale estates alongside the top names. Light, aromatic wines of moderate sweetness. Deeply colored reds, low acidities & high tannin deviate from classic Left Bank profile. Click here to see the latest, updated edition of our wine vintage chart for 2020. Diluted wines. Flowering passed off well, though the depradations of downy mildew subsequently reduced the crop in some cases. Whites possess attractive fruit & fresh acidity. On the Right Bank, Pomerol is a particular highlight. Fatally warm: frost struck in the early hours of April 27th, with Margaux and Pessac-Léognan being particularly badly affected on the left bank, and with more modestly sited vineyards in general suffering greater losses than propitiously sited, well-known châteaux. Well-endowed, profound red wines displaying density, fruit & flesh: a powerful vintage.Generous, full & flavorful whites, sometimes lacking vivacity. By no means a bad vintage for whites, but most certainly better for reds. Priced highly when released en primeur. Wines generally forward and fruit-driven. Look out for Pomerol and St-Emilion estates with high levels of Cabernet Franc, which did comparatively well. Our wine vintage chart contains vintage ratings on the top wine producing regions around the world for red, white and fortified wines, including Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone, Rioja and Tuscany for red wines and also Alsace, Germany, Burgundy and Sauternes for white wines. Sound like a lot? A number of Bordeaux 2016 wines have improved in the bottle since en primeur season. Very sweet yet balanced wines with pronounced noble rot & noteworthy complexity. Merlot performed best on clay & limestone soils. Summary: The class of 2006 was unlucky in having to follow the outstanding crop of 2005 wines, and things were made worse by patchy weather throughout the growing season – including a July drought and a cool August. Low sugar levels, generally less than 2002 & 2004. Find ratings for recent vintages in France, summing up the quality and character in Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and the Rhône Valley. Vintage Chart. By mid-June, however, temperatures rose and the sun began to shine; a magnificent summer then ensued. The best vintages of Château Latour are among the longest-lived wines in the world. Atypical season, near record for driest, hottest April/May, scorched berries in June, water stress. Some sites suffered water stress. Wet spring, with extended flowering in poor conditions; coulure in Merlot. Finely calibrated, elegant wines offering candied fruit  and perfume without the opulence of 2009. A year of extremes with a very wet winter and spring, very damaging hail in some areas, severe down mildew threats in most. Some dry whites are drought-affected and sinewy, but the Cabernet-based reds are structured, fine and fresh. Hot September holds off botrytis; rain in late October spoils most of crop. Accelerated picking with only 2-3 tries. Budburst was late and flowering was late and uneven; heavy storms hit Bordeaux in early June, and there was continual disease pressure. Pomerol stands out. Very dry, extremely hot summer days & nights (16 days > 95°F  vs. 2 in 2000, 6 in 2005, 4 in 2009). Concentrated, generous, fleshy wines with ripe tannins. Sauternes, and especially the sub-region of Barsac, was as badly hit as other regions of Bordeaux by the April frosts, and some properties (like Ch Climens) have made no wine at all this year. As throughout the region, treacherously mild February, March and early April temperatures preceded savage frosts in late April. 2019 Bordeaux Vintage Review: Perfectly Balanced, Rich, and Energetic. The 2014 season was by no means trouble-free in Sauternes. Clay soils performed best. Remains a controversial vintage, with strongly divided views as to its intrinsic quality. Ideal conditions without temperature extremes; lowest precipitation of decade from July-September. Very dry from winter to harvest. Most ready now & are unlikely to gain with additional bottle aging. ‘At the 10-year mark, the best reds are still deeply coloured, with fresh yet complex fruit expression and high aromatics,’ said Jane Anson. Many may merit excellent rating with further bottle aging.Sauvignon & Sémillon enjoyed ideal conditions. Some Merlot-dominated St Emilion wines are high in alcohol (Tertre-Roteboeuf is 16.2% this year). The wines aren’t quite as rich as in 2015, but have great finesse, purity and poise, with the balance to endure. After considerable anxiety about disease pressure during the long and colossally wet spring, spirits lifted on the Right Bank during June as summer warmth arrived and the rain clouds cleared. Reds, at best fresh, elegant, some lacking concentration. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from 2000 to today. Full, flavorful, balanced whites equal to reds: an uncommon result. They will age well. The vintage chart’s numerical rating out of 10 serves as a summary of the conditions that will have influenced the overall style of the wines from that region in that year. In general, it’s a vintage to enjoy relatively young. Andrew Jefford, award-winning wine journalist for Decanter Magazine and author of twelve books on wine including The New France has compiled information and written the vintage charts starting with the 2013 vintage. Concentrated, structured wines for long cellaring. Deeply colored, fully mature, firmly structured reds requiring long cellaring: a modern classic.Concentrated whites with elevated acidity. New vintage information, and any revisions of previous vintage drinking suggestions, are made each autumn. Bordeaux Vintage Chart; Bordeaux Vintage Chart : Left Bank: Right Bank: Sauternes / Barsac: Drink or Hold: Brief Description: 2012: 88: 90 : 87 : Drink or hold : Same as 2011, a mixed vintage with significant quality difference. The best vintage yet of this red is bright and juicy, with good structure. The first six months of 2018 were extraordinarily wet in Bordeaux: December 2017, then January, March, April and June 2018 all had rainfall above the 30-year average. Merlot achieves very high sugars exceeding recent exceptional vintages. After flowering and some further rain, summer became hot and dry; were it not for the wet spring, the almost complete lack of rain in July and August would have caused drought damage. As with all vintage charts .. this represents the vintage on average – and the maturity of the individual wines will depend on both producer, the terroir and level + the vintage. This poor weather negatively influenced the early Merlots. Challenging season: A wet April disrupted flowering; coulure and mildew reduced the Merlot crop. Drink/Cellar white wines; Cellar red wines. Pomerol and Grave/Pessac-Leognan fared best. Higher sun hours than 1947, 1961, 1982 (slightly more precipitation). Overall, Bordeaux production was 40% down on 2016, and 33 per cent lower than the long-term average; these were the worst frosts in living memory, and worse than the frosts of 1945, 1977 and 1991. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from 2000 to today. After that, though, the weather cooled considerably, and there were violent storms in the Northern Médoc with hail on June 8, Spring was miserable: cold and rainy. The 2012 Bordeaux vintage is a mixed bag, but there are some great wines to be found, particularly in Pomerol, St-Émilion and Pessac-Léognan—and even some surprising values. Plus, recommendations for when to drink the wines at their best. May, by contrast, was cool and damp up to and including the flowering period. (Lalande de Pomerol lost between 50% and 80% of its crop.) There is plenty of classicism to be found among the St-Julien 2017 wines... 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Release prices led to criticism from merchants at the time. Top wines have lovely fruit structure, real definition and excellent balance, but the warning is for consistency. Whites with concentration & backbone. The wines are rich but poised, with generous levels of fruit sweetness and soft but sustained acidity. Rain ended harvest 1st week of November. The resulted in average yields in St Emilion of 21.7 hl/ha (compared to 46.2 hl/ha in 2016) and in Pomerol of 23.9 hl/ha (compared to 44.4 hl/ha in 2016); the worst-hit properties in both regions were the lowest and least propitiously sited. Château Le Pape Charming, spicy and silky textured, this is made by the Château Haut-Bailly team. View Scores High sun hours & temperatures in spring & summer. The best wines should age for many years and will require patience. White wines show some richness and are the stars of the vintage. Which wine choosing, serving and drinking ? Quantities were very small, but quality is outstanding: concentrated and dense, but lively and racy, too. Some reveal lack of maturity, over-extraction. Rapid onset of botrytis on ripe grapes, high in sugar. The best 2008s are luscious, ready now and will last for around another decade. Drought stress, however, was rare since there was so much water in the ground -- though this did mean that the threat of mildew persisted until well into August, with organically and biodynamically cultivated properties at particular risk (the biodynamic Ch Palmer’s yields were just 11 hl/ha this year, having lost three-quarters of its crop to mildew, while the biodynamic Ch Pontet-Canet lost two-thirds of its crop to mildew). Bordeaux 2010 is a powerful vintage with high tannin and acidity, although alcohols were considered controversially high in some cases. After a very warm May and June, and a very wet period over the last five days of June, July was dry and mild, and August variable, with the first half of the month cool and the end of the month very warm (and wet). At en primeur, a hot summer was deemed to have helped earlier-ripening Merlot, while late September rains hampered some Cabernet Sauvignon. After two weeks in Bordeaux tasting more than 1,100 wines from the 2018 vintage, visiting 67 chateaux and talking to hundreds of vintners and winemakers, I can tell you that 2018 is an exceptional year for Bordeaux wines. For a quick overview of the recent vintages in the Southern wine regions of France, please use the vintage chart below. A dry, warm autumn gave way, in January, to a prodigiously wet though mild winter (including the wettest month of January since 1920) and a cool March. Weakest are angular & may dry out with age. Rainless from mid-July to 19 September. Below, you’ll find a vintage ratings chart and summaries of recent Bordeaux red wine vintages, spanning the key appellations on Left and Right banks. Use the chart as a guide only; in every vintage there will be outperforming and underperforming wines. Overall, this vintage sits broadly between the greats of 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the lesser years of 2007 and 2006. Second Offer. James Lawther, 2015 (en primeur). June began with ample warmth and dry conditions, and the storms of this month were less severe on the right bank than in the Médoc (though there were hail episodes in St Emilion on the 19, A cold, late spring, with troublesome, extended, late flowering with comprehensive. 88I 2010: Austria (Riesling & Grüner Veltliner) Irregular, even among the best wines Cabernet Sauvignon performed well. After a wet winter, St Emilion and Pomerol endured copious rain during spring and early summer leading to intense fungal-disease pressure. The wines are soft and attractive, fresh without greenness, and will make attractive short to mid-term drinking. Andrew Jefford, award-winning wine journalist for Decanter Magazine and author of twelve books on wine including The New France has compiled information and written the vintage charts starting with the 2013 vintage. Substantial reds with deep color, powerful tannins. Reds have largely reached their apogee. Only those with sufficient substance will gain with cellaring. Heat wave vintage: hot days & nights. See Vintage Ratings and Profiles for major wine producing regions across the world from 1978 onwwards with Berry Bros. & Rudd's Vintage Charts Ideal October: brief rainstorms, elevated temperatures, windy & sun-filled afternoons. In mid-September, welcome heavy rains helped the parched vines to restart their drought-blocked maturation process, and the rest of the month was cool and fine before a little more rain on September 30 th. Reds range from under ripe and weak to moderately concentrated, framed by acidity & tannin. A cool and damp May led to an extended flowering period, but early June heat confirmed the advanced cycle. July, August and September temperatures were all well above the 30-year-average, and September was notably dry and sunny throughout the month. Looking for the perfect celebratory gift to mark a birthday or special occasion? Exceptionally dry year from winter to autumn. The better wines from a vintage will generally have longer lives and cellar better. Hot, dry August & September, ideal ripening, creating small berries with thick skins. Summary: A mixed year for weather, including April frosts that hit Merlot disproportionately hard and also disease pressure in the spring months. Reds show good color & structure, but are somewhat withdrawn. Multidimensional, complex wines with pronounced noble rot; enormous richness matched by harmonious structure. Sauternes suffered the same problems as the rest of Bordeaux through the first half of the growing season: unseasonably wet and cold weather with difficult flowering. Vintage summaries compiled by Chris Mercer. Irregular botrytis infection late in season. The best Médoc red wines since 2010 as a general rule, although several estates also produced excellent 2015s, especially in Margaux and southern parts of Médoc and Left Bank in general. Wines have power and ageing potential, but lack some of the seductive charm of the 2015s. Powerful, full wines at best, though atypical & controversial. St.-Julien & St.-Estèphe are most successful. Alternating humidity & dry heat from mid-September to end of October favored development of noble rot. Pomerol is particularly impressive. Look out for value among smaller estates and lesser known appellations. Irregular flowering affected Merlot which struggled in late season. But in our spare time, we’re just a group of passionate and slightly obsessed oenophiles--we love sharing a great glass of vintage Champagne, followed by a Burgundy, and then a Bordeaux, to get things started. Right Bank as successful as Left. bordeaux vintage chart Click on each vintage to see what we currently have in stock on our main website: 2019 - Another modern classic vintage in Bordeaux, 2019 was a warm vintage (again), but where 2018 was pressured by more early season extremes, there was … Some Right Bank Merlot struggled to ripen fully, following a cool and rainy summer. Gravel soils dealt best with higher rainfall. Welcome to Decanter’s Bordeaux vintage guide page. BORDEAUX VINTAGE VS. BORDEAUX TERROIR WITH DEWEY MARKHAM, JR. 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