Bourgogne Vintage Chart

Bourgogne Vintage Charts & Ratings

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Chablis

Vintage Quality Drink Comments
2012 Pending Spring frosts , extended flowering with isolated hail followed by very dry summer & water stress. Beneficial rains in September. Reduced harvest of mature grapes leading to structured wines with potentially long life. Some compare to 2010 or 2002.
2011 Drink Early start. Cool, wet summer marked by frequent storms. Very sunny end of August. Normal volume after short 2010. Sorting key to quality. Lighter, often delicate wines of lower alcohol & moderate acidity, many with early appeal. Considerable variability.
2010 Drink/Cellar top wines Challenged flowering, coulure & millerandage reduced crop. Low yields delivered concentrated wines with density & dimension: ripeness plus structure. A uniform success. Even regional Chablis will be worthy of mid-term bottle aging.
2009 Drink/Cellar top wines Full, ripe wines with generous flavors rather than a textbook Chablis profile. Some forward & soft; drink early.
2008 Drink/Cellar top wines Extended flowering, millerandage. Good summer, average sun hours & temperatures. Expressive, aromatic wines; a classic Chablis vintage combining substance & vivacity.
2007 Drink/Cellar top wines Several hailstorms affecting Chichée and various 1ers crus. Uneven maturity. Disparate quality ranging from thin and green to fresh and delicate.
2006 Drink/Cellar top wines Successful, well-balanced wines, sometimes heavy. Clearly defined tiers of quality according to rank.
2005 Drink/Cellar top wines Ripe, generous, full wines, occasionally high in alcohol. Best grands crus suitable for long cellaring.
2004 Drink Large crop. Best sites & those harvested later achieved adequate maturity. Many light, weak wines showing effects of high yields.
2003 Drink/Past peak Anormal year, highly precocious. Exceptionally hot, dry, sunny August. Some grapes “burnt” on the vine. Harvest commenced 25 August. Rich wines, high alcohols, low acidity. Compared to 1893.
2002 Drink/Cellar top wines Mature, healthy grapes delivered generous wines with ripe acidity. Best grands crus will have long life.
2001 Drink Unequal ripening favored best sites, old vines. Marked acidity. Particularly large quality gap between petit/ regional Chablis and grands crus.
2000 Drink Well- balanced, mature and fairly generous wines with sound acidity harvested in good weather.

 

Côte de Beaune Whites

Vintage

Quality

Drink Comments
2012 Pending Difficult year with multiple climatic challenges. Severe hail damage in Meursault, Puligny, Chassagne. Volume 39% less than 5-year average. Open, full wines with generous fruit; fat on occasion. Best have balancing acidity. Less consistent than their 2012 peers in red.
2011 Drink/Cellar top wines Early harvest. Well-defined, precise whites with fine backbones. Those with more concentration are appropriate for for mid-term aging.
2010 Cellar Small harvest. Concentrated whites with dimension, intensity & structure. Most wines, village & above, will benefit from cellaring.
2009 Drink/Cellar top wines Wines display expressive, very ripe fruit. Best are balanced, offer considerable early pleasure; others lack acidity & will age rapidly. Only the most structured should be cellared.
2008 Drink/Cellar top wines Focused, elegant, incisive whites. Standouts are backward and have concentration & structure to permit long cellaring. Superior to the ’08 reds.
2007 Drink/Cellar top wines Challenging season, wet & cold summer. Expressive lighter wines possessing marked acidities. Some are thin, sharp & will not keep well.
2006 Drink/Cellar top wines Some variability at all levels of AOC ranks. Ripe, full whites, though lacking acidity in certain cases.
2005 Drink/Cellar top wines Dry year without extremes. Rich, complete whites with sound acidities. Consistent quality across communes. Wines for further cellaring should be selected with care after assessing their current maturity.
2004 Drink Large harvest in white and better overall quality than ’04 reds. Aromatic wines, high acidity.
2003 Drink/Past peak Atypically hot, dry season. Cooler communes (e.g., St.-Romain, Pernand) dealt best with conditions.  Rich, heady whites, low natural acidity (no malic). Prone to oxidation.
2002 Drink/Cellar top wines Smaller vintage of regular quality with sound maturity & acidity. Complex, complete whites with substance & equilibrium.
2001 Drink top wines/Others past peak Wet, cool season. Whites not as good as reds, which were picked later. Irregular maturities, lower sugars. Best in Meursault.
2000 Drink top wines/Others past peak Healthy, ripe, often soft whites unaffected by September storm. Immediately appealing, most are past their prime.  Machine harvesters, already in wide use in Chablis & Mâconnais, became more prevalent in the Côte by this vintage.

 

Côte de Beaune & Côte de Nuits Reds

Vintage

Quality

Drink Comments
2012 Pending Highly irregular, challenging season. Extremely cold February injured old vines. Oidium & mildew. Rainy April & June, difficult flowering. Hail in Pommard and Volnay. Crop cut in half vs. 5-year norm. Hot, sunny, dry from mid-July through September. Low yields. Best reds are dense, perfumed, rich & sensual with fine-grained tannins. Irregular in hail-affected communes.
2011 Cellar Very warm April, early budburst. Mixed summer until mid-August, then warm, dry September. Reds of moderate ripeness: light colors, expressive aromas, elegant. Mid-term aging potential. Best in Côte de Nuits where results may be superior to ’07 & ’08.
2010 Cellar Winter freeze & extended flowering, coulure and millerandage reduced crop. Low yields, small berries with thick skins. Reds possess complexity, intensity & ideal balance of fruit, acidity & tannin. All levels of hierarchy including top Bourgognes  are cellar-worthy.
2009 Drink/Cellar Fully mature reds endowed with generous fruit & sensual texture. Superior ripeness yet with potential to age. High alcohol in certain cases. Many wines with early appeal. Memorable Corton, Côte de Nuits wines will reward mid- to long-term cellaring.
2008 Drink/Cellar top wines Fresh, aromatic, medium-weight reds. Less successful wines are lean with marked acidity.
2007 Drink/Cellar top wines Early flowering; cold, wet summer. Threat of mildew & rot. Early harvest. Severe sorting often reduced volume. Best in Côte de Nuits (Gevrey, Vosne, Nuits).
2006 Drink/Cellar top wines Very hot July, wet & cool August, favorable September. Fleshy reds with fruit & ripe tannins. Considerable variation in quality in Côte de Beaune.
2005 Drink/Cellar top wines Consistent, well-endowed reds, full-bodied & well-structured. Grands crus destined for long aging.
2004 Drink/Cellar top wines Fresh, well-defined wines of light to medium weight. Many lack flesh & are angular, unlikely to improve. Better in Côte de Nuits. Hail damage in Volnay, Pommard.
2003 Drink Extremely hot summer, smallest crop since 1981. Earliest harvest in centuries, starting 20-25 August in Côte d’Or. High sugars, incomplete phenolic maturities. Atypical profile: dense, rich, high in alcohol, low acidity (acidification common). Cold locales and clay soils yielded best wines. Most have reached their peak.
2002 Drink/Cellar top wines Small, ripe & mostly healthy berries. Harmonious, balanced wines of medium weight with attractive fruit. A few lack concentration. Some compare to excellent 1999 Côte d’Or reds.
2001 Drink Variable in Côte de Beaune due to hail, notably Volnay. Some excellent wines in Côte de Nuits, especially those picked later and sorted.
2000 Drink Generous vintage, considerable variation by commune, climat & grower. Green harvesting and sorting key to outcome. Hail & a heavy rainstorm in Côte de Beaune as picking started. Côte de Nuits more successful.

 

Mâconnais

Vintage Quality Drink Comments
2012 Pending Turbulent season, compromised flowering, reduced crop. Expressive whites displaying ripe fruit and good density at top levels. Some inconsistency in quality.
2011 Drink Round, fleshy wines with appealing fruit & delicacy. Top Pouilly-Fuissé suitable for mid-term cellaring.
2010 Drink/Cellar top wines Smaller harvest of concentrated, balanced wines with noteworthy definition.
2009 Drink/Cellar top wines Wines with marked ripeness, body & fruit.  Cool locales/sites very successful (e.g., Vergisson). Some are powerful, rich & low in acidity and are for current drinking. Cellar the best Pouilly-Fuissé.
2008 Drink Difficult season, varied maturities. Well-defined, lighter, fresh whites.
2007 Drink Challenging growing conditions, instances of inadequate maturity. Many good, balanced wines.
2006 Drink/Cellar top wines Best whites possess fruit, substance & acidity and reflect their terroir. St.-Véran stands out. Variability to a degree with high alcohol and low acidity in some cases.
2005 Drink/Cellar top wines Ripe, full, balanced whites with generous fruit. Very consistent quality. Assess current maturity before further cellaring.
2004 Drink Attractive, medium-weight wines. St.-Véran most successful; Pouilly-Fuissé falls short.
2003 Drink/Past peak Hot, extremely dry. Highly variable outcomes by locale and grower making it difficult to generalize. Many rich, flamboyant wines with low acidity evolved quickly.
2002 Drink/Past peak Difficult season. Generally attractive whites, best with richness & weight for early/mid-term consumption.
2001 Drink/Past peak Irregular growing season, poor September. Most successful wines hailed from patient growers who waited for the grapes to achieve maturity.
2000 Drink/Past peak High yields resulted largely in early-maturing, aromatic wines with lower acidities. Best wines had depth, intensity & balance.

 

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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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