Beaujolais Vintage Chart

Beaujolais Vintage Charts & Ratings

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Vintage Quality Drink Comments
2012 Pending Smallest harvest in 40 years (509,000 hl), 40% less than 2011, yields barely 30 hl/ha. Concentrated, fresh, vibrant reds.
2011 Drink/Cellar top wines Third highly successful vintage in row, combining mature dark fruit without exaggeration & fresh acidity.  Well-suited to cellaring at cru level.
2010 Drink/Cellar top wines Poor flowering, small crop. Small berries, concentrated reds with typical red fruits. Higher acidities than ‘09 though less homogeneous overall. Many crus need bottle age to show their best.
2009 Drink/Cellar top wines Atypical in best sense. Consistently ripe reds display rich dark fruit, sometimes verging on jam, uncommon generosity. Delicious early, best crus will age well.
2008 Drink Rainy year, widespread hailstorms, rot & mildew. Success hinged on skill of vigneron. Nearly all to be consumed now except for a handful of top crus.
2007 Drink Lack of sunshine. Mildew problems. Crus show their superiority, fare far better than regionals.
2006 Drink Alternating extremes of climate, heterogeneous results. Better end of season. Southern Beaujolais more consistent than northern zone.
2005 Drink/Cellar top wines Hot, dry year with water stress. Fully mature, healthy grapes with excellent phenolic ripeness & overall equilibrium. A few may still improve.
2004 Past peak Light Beaujolais for early drinking. At its best in Moulin à Vent & Morgon.
2003 Past peak/Drink top wines Extremely dry season stresses vines. Heterogeneous wines, most successful are dense, full-bodied & tannic.
2002 Past peak Typical wines though uneven; many picked in rainy period. Best have appealing fruit & charm but are meant for early consumption.
2001 Past peak Large harvest. Healthy, ripe grapes crafting wines meant to be drunk young.
2000 Past peak Charming wines; drink early.

 

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Methodology: This report has been compiled utilizing multiple authoritative sources including regional trade associations, experts in each region, wine producers, academic studies, leading journalists, and the editor’s personal notes.
Acknowledgements: E. Gabay MW (Provence); E. Hugel (Alsace); D. Markham (Bordeaux); K. McAuliffe (Rhône); M. Stubbs MW (Languedoc-Roussillon).
Editor’s comment: This chart is intended to serve as a reliable guide for professionals, educators and collectors. Judgments as to the quality, longevity and current maturity of a given vintage are by definition simplified assessments describing the average profile of the year. There will always be individual wines which surpass, or fail to reach, the overall standard, or which may have a shorter or longer life than their peers. Last, these evaluations are not fixed and permanent; rather, they will be revised as needed to reflect the wines as they age in bottle.

 

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