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    Rhône Valley Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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.

    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Northern Rhône Vintage Chart

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar First, the good news: the Northern Rhône escaped the depradations of spring frost that caused such trouble elsewhere in France. The bad news, though, was that flowering was erratic, and a very early, very dry season led to reduced yields in any case, with small clusters and berries making for a harvest of concentrated, intense and often high-alcohol wines. Flowering for Viognier in Condrieu was particularly difficult, with crop reductions of up to 50%. After a harvest that was often three weeks earlier than normal, though, producers were in general very happy with quality, particularly for the red wines: rich, relatively low-acid reds. The whites are fat and succulent.
    2016 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar A mild winter and warm early spring gave way to cool and wet weather as spring progressed (March was as cold as January this year); hail struck Hermitage in April, cutting yields by two-thirds in some lieux-dits (such as Roucoules).  The cool, wet weather persisted into summer, meaning that flowering was three weeks behind schedule and mildew threatened.  In July, though, the tenor of the season changed with the onset of hot, dry weather; there was no further rain until midway through what proved to be an unusually hot and sunny September.  October was fine, too, meaning a leisurely harvest of well-balanced, fresh and pristine red and white wines. 
    2015 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar Both winter and spring were wet, but by June the clouds had gone and there was no more rain until mid-August. It was a splendid summer, with the Northern Rhône actually hotter than the Southern Rhône for most of July; August brought cooler nights. There was welcome rain on August 15th and in early September, followed by more fine, warm weather. Marcel Guigal declared 2015 the best vintage in 55 years and as good as 1929, 1947 and 1961. The reds are outstanding in all appellations, and whites very good save in the very warmest sites (such as Condrieu) where some chunkiness is evident.
    2014 Red:

    White:
    Drink Spring was warm and precocious and flowering went well, setting a large crop. After that, though, summer turned cool and wet; there were episodes of hail in July and September in Cornas, Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage, meaning that some growers in those regions had to pick prematurely. Hillside vineyards, in general, fared better than flat-land vineyards in this wet year. Whites can be good, but reds are often light and grassy.
    2013 Red:

    White:
    Drink After a lingering winter, spring was gloomy and cool, with record rainfall in May. This was a dismal start to the season resulting in crop losses of up to 40%. June and July remained cool, and July was wet. August and September, by contrast, were beautiful months, hot and sunny, and since the crop was small much of the lost ripening time could be recovered. Harvest took place during the first half of October before further rain arrived. These conditions produced fine white wines: concentrated, fresh and aromatic. The reds are pure and shapely, but with high acid levels.
    2012 Red:

    White:
    Drink Very wet spring compromised flowering, reduced crop. Warm and sunny summer. Good harvest conditions. Sound, mature grapes. Red wines are supple, possess ripe fruit, soft tannin & complementary acidities. Not a vintage for the long term. Very attractive whites.
    2011 Red:

    White:
    Drink Ideal spring, healthy flowering boosted crop size. Cold and wet in late June & July, dry August, mixed September. Healthy fruit, generally sound mature grapes. Medium-weight reds with youthful charm, accessibility. Many excellent examples, best for mid-term aging. Fruit-filled, expressive whites ready now.
    2010 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar Flowering spoiled by rain, coulure reduced crop substantially. Dry & cool summer, slow maturation. Harvest extended into October. Highly concentrated, firmly structured reds with acidity & tannin, yet impeccable equilibrium. A vintage to cellar: patience will be rewarded. Whites offer intensity, substance & unusual tension.
    2009 Red:

    White:
    Drink Healthy flowering in good conditions. Sunny, windy & hot weather ran from July into August and advanced ripening. Reds with overt fruit, density & warmth; dry tannins need time to resolve. Superb Hermitage, Saint-Joseph. Diverse whites, some excellent, fruity & rich; best have balancing acidity.
    2008 Red:

    White:
    Drink Difficult, warm, wet spring led to widespread mildew, reducing crop. Rain prevalent throughout summer, with unusually frequent hailstorms. Delayed maturation & extended small harvest. Lighter reds with higher acidity. Condrieu stands out.
    2007 Red:

    White:
    Drink Unusually warm, dry winter & early budburst. Well above average rainfall April to June. Precocious flowering & véraison (up to 3 weeks early). Reduced crop. Optimal conditions (sunshine, cool nights) from late August produced balanced, ripe reds & whites.
    2006 Red:

    White:
    Drink Abnormally cold, snowy winter. Cool, dry spring, very low temperatures for flowering caused coulure, millerandage. June heat wave continued into July, with hailstorms. Healthy harvest of mature reds, some with lower acidities, more forward than ’05. Notable Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.
    2005 Red:

    White:
    Drink Balanced season without extremes. Concentrated wines with dense fruit, well-calibrated acidity, firm & ripe tannin. Top reds have considerable reserve, demand long cellaring. Delicious, elegant whites; exceptional Condrieu.
    2004 Red:

    White:
    Drink A regular season with normal temperatures after two aberrant years. Generally high yields. Sound mature grapes of moderate substance delivering elegant reds. Cornas stands out. Harvest volumes rebounded from low ’03 levels are particularly generous at Condrieu, Côte-Rôtie.
    2003 Red:

    White:
    Drink A year of high temperatures & low rainfall. Early, rapid flowering. Localized storms and hail in late July cut crop. Heat shriveled berries in August on most exposed slopes further reducing yields. Early small harvest of healthy grapes with thick skins. Deeply colored, concentrated, potent top reds with “baked” aspect, imposing tannins. Resemble ’83 or ’78 at best; some are over ripe. As with ’03 Bordeaux, divided opinions.
    2002 Red:

    White:
    Past peak Cold, dry spring, then hot late May. Stormy summer into September. Rot a serious challenge in some zones (e.g., Côte-Rôtie). Rain in late September, but North avoided the disastrous storms in the South. Reds lacking maturity and substance; whites better.
    2001 Red:

    White:
    Drink Healthy flowering, green harvest common. Largely dry summer with cooler periods. Warm, not hot September extended ripening. Best reds showed intensity, reserve & tannic structure for long cellaring.
    2000 Red:

    White:
    Drink Generous fruit set led to crop thinning and saignée to concentrate top wines. Reds of moderate concentration & longevity weaker than both ‘99s & ‘01s. Excellent whites.

     

    Southern Rhône Vintage Chart

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar As in the Northern Rhône, the Southern Rhône escaped major frost damage in late April, though some small parcels with poor air drainage were hit. The early season, though, meant that heavy rain in May caused extensive coulure for the ever-sensitive Grenache, with losses for that variety of between 30% and 60%. Syrah was less badly affected, and Mourvèdre unaffected. The rains finished by early June – and there was almost no further precipitation all season. Conditions at the end of June were very hot (a peak of 41˚C), and meant that véraison was underway by July 7th in Châteauneuf; thereafter the heat of summer eased back to normal levels. Growers report perfect ripening conditions with freshness as well as richness and little drought stress. Quality looks very promising for both white and red wines.
    2016 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar In contrast to conditions in the Northern Rhône, the Southern Rhône enjoyed a trouble-free start to the 2016 growing season, with an early vegetative cycle and warm weather punctuated by useful but not excessive spring showers.  Coulure in the Grenache was less marked than in 2015.  “It was the hottest summer during daytime but the coolest summer during nighttime,” reported one grower of the 2016 vintage, and this steady, even heat mitigated by brisk nights produced an outstanding harvest of generous yet fresh, perfumed and emphatically structured wines.  These conditions suited whites as well as they did reds, and the wines have outstanding cellar potential.
    2015 Red:

    White:
    Drink A wet winter and early spring gave way, in March and April, to warm, dry weather, though some coulure (shatter) affected the Grenache at flowering. June, July and August were all hot and dry which caused some instances of blocked maturity, especially for younger vines. Storms came at the end of August and in September just as the heat moderated, but the weather was still fine enough for growers to be able to wait for perfect levels of ripeness. The reds are pure, ripe and rounded; whites combine freshness with richness and aromatic charm.
    2014 Red:

    White:
    Drink Very warm early spring conditions led to early bud break and, eventually, a generous and precocious fruit set, especially for Grenache as it struggled to reassert itself after its troubled 2013 season. At the end of June, though, summer turned cooler, and the weather remained mixed throughout July, August and September, as brighter periods were followed by clouds and rain. Fastidious vineyard work, including crop-thinning for the Grenache, was necessary to make good wines, and this was complicated by the presence of Drosophila suzukii flies with their attendant risk of acid rot. After the early start to the season, harvest was relatively late, and this long hang-time made for some attractive, supple red and white wines for relatively early consumption.
    2013 Red:

    White:
    Drink After a long, cold winter with freezing February conditions, spring was unseasonably cool and wet (twice the average rainfall) with catastrophically poor flowering weather for the Grenache. This resulted in losses of up to 70% of this key Southern Rhône variety. During June, the weather finally turned warmer, and July was hot and sunny with mixed but generally good weather thereafter. Nonetheless, harvest for most was in October. There are some good though atypical red wines due to an emphasis on Syrah and Mourvèdre and lighter-than-usual alcohol levels. The whites, by contrast, were good: pure, fresh and bright.
    2012 Red:

    White:
    Drink Erratic spring, irregular flowering, late harvest. Extremely dry April to July, similar to 2010. Rain at end of August controlled water stress. Variable levels of maturity often required several tries to pick ripe fruit. Mourvèdre struggled to ripen. Sorting also key to outcomes. Moderately concentrated reds with forward fruit & freshness, likely to develop in near term. Whites reveal ample fruit, definition & show well early.
    2011 Red:

    White:
    Drink Favorable spring, hot June with very early flowering. Cooler July, beneficial rainfall. August into autumn was particularly hot & dry. Compared to 2010, more sunshine hours, more summer days of high heat, greater precipitation. Excellent weather extended harvest into early October. Extroverted reds of moderate concentration and attractive fruit. Most accessible & drinkable early; top cuvées will keep for mid-term.
    2010 Red:

    White:
    Drink/Cellar Significant reductions in Grenache crop due to poor flowering. Fully mature reds, alcohols equal to more flamboyant ‘07s, yet wines appear fresh, well-defined & balanced. Many reds will gain with cellaring; most concentrated ones are reticent now. Whites possess noteworthy concentration & uncharacteristic backbone. Both colors will have longer lives than is typical for Southern Rhône.
    2009 Red:

    White:
    Drink Rapid progression of growing season, hot & dry July, harvest commencing as early as mid-August. Water stress disturbed maturation of some sites; deep-rooted old vines handled conditions best. Full-bodied, powerful reds, elevated alcohol; Grenache with flavor of kirsch liqueur, some have a “roasted” aspect. Ripe, perfumed, fleshy whites to enjoy early as a rule.
    2008 Red:

    White:
    Drink Challenging growing season (delayed ripening & problems with mildew) demanded skill & careful husbandry in vineyard. Best reds are moderately concentrated, restrained & elegant: a “cooler” style than typical. Gigondas, Rasteau are attractive.
    2007 Red:

    White:
    Drink Very early start to season; summer without rain. Ideal final stretch for maturation, without extremes. Reds with bountiful & rich fruit, fine tannins, lower acidity. Soft, round whites for early drinking.
    2006 Red:

    White:
    Drink Colder August than usual, cool nights. Some locales affected by storms. Syrah particularly successful. Balanced wines offering depth, freshness & finesse. Many Châteauneuf will develop further.
    2005 Red:

    White:
    Drink Extremely low winter precipitation balanced by April rains. Optimal season producing concentrated, structured wines with ripe tannins for long cellaring. Memorable Gigondas, red & white Châteauneuf.
    2004 Red:

    White:
    Drink Some locales experienced heat & water stress, reducing yields. Châteauneuf & Gigondas are stars of vintage. They are more complete than leading Northern reds in ’04.
    2003 Red:

    White:
    Drink red/White past peak Intensely hot from June through end of summer. Lower rainfall. Record temperature of 109° F at Orange. Harvest of white grapes 2 weeks early, reds picked as of late August. Very high sugars, especially inGrenache. Syrah, Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvèdre performed better as did older vines. Very generous reds, higher alcohols, marked tannin. Some are past peak, now taste “cooked.” Gigondas from cooler sites has aged better. Some impressive Châteauneuf, but not to keep further. Fat, rich whites enjoyable early.
    2002 Red:

    White:
    Past peak Normal summer & ripening arrested by torrential rain on 8 September, equivalent of annual precipitation in some areas; flooding in Gard & Vaucluse. Cooler, windy late September. Strict selection needed. Minimum alcohol level dropped for many red AOCs.
    2001 Red:

    White:
    Drink Grenache experienced uneven flowering. Very hot end of August with intense Mistral wind. High sugars, sound pH & acidity; a few wines short of complete phenolic maturity. Lower volumes.
    2000 Red:

    White:
    Drink Grenache experienced uneven flowering. Very hot end of August with intense Mistral wind. High sugars, sound pH & acidity; a few wines short of complete phenolic maturity. Lower volumes.

     

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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); Hugel family (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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    Bourgogne Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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.

    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Chablis

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar After a very cold January followed by a warm February and March, everyone was on frost alert, standing by ready with frost candles. Sure enough, the frost struck in April – and carried on for up to 15 nights, exhausting defensive supplies. Both banks and vineyards at every quality level were hit, though the overall losses were less severe than in 2016 (except in the northerly Châtillonais, which lost 90%). After that, summer was propitious, and the cycle was early, with harvest beginning three weeks earlier than in 2016, in the first days of September, giving growers a chance to harvest fruit in perfect condition. Quantities are lower than the long-term average, but this is a vintage of brightness, freshness and classicism.
    2016 Drink/Cellar After a mild winter and a very wet spring, disaster struck Chablis with severe frosts on April 26th-27th, followed by two hail episodes on May 13th and May 27th.  Conditions were cool and cloudy until the third week in June, after which summer was dry and warm until mid-September, when further cool and cloudy weather began to provoke rot; a speedy harvest took place in late September. The harvest losses vary from 55 per cent for Chablis and Petit Chablis to 35 per cent for Premier Cru wines and 15 per cent for Grand Cru wines, making this the most difficult vintage for Chablis in terms of quantity since the 1950s.  Quality, however, was good, and the style of the wines is light, fresh and classical, with ample ‘mineral’ notes.
    2015 Drink/Cellar A mild winter was followed by a clement spring without frost problems.  Flowering, in early June, was unproblematic, and summer was generally warm and dry.  Unfortunately, a hail storm on September 1st destroyed 300 ha in some of the best sites (Les Clos, Blanchots and Montée de Tonnerre).  The region’s remaining 5,100 ha were picked in good conditions over the following two weeks.  The wines have ample fruit, with fresh though not steely acidity. Delicious mid-term Chablis, with the best wines ageing well.
    2014 Drink/Cellar Spring was warm, with some April frost damage to less propitious vineyards.  July and August were both cool months, with double the annual rainfall and less sunshine than usual; at that point, the vintage looked bleak.  Then, came the hottest September in 130 years with some useful, freshening rain mid-month. Most fruit was harvested in the latter part of September and early October as growers waited for acid levels to fall.  The resulting wines are classically taut, tight and lean, with pungent, nuanced, mouth-watering ripeness: the kind of balance which allows full expression to Chablis’ stony, ‘mineral’ character.
    2013 Drink After a cool, wet spring, flowering came late (at the end of June) and under difficult conditions. The consequent coulure (shatter) and millerandage (shot berries) set a small crop.  July and August were warm and generally dry but the cycle remained a very late one, with harvest beginning at the end of September.  Heavy rain on October 4th, and the rapid onset of botrytis afterwards, posed further problems.  Early pickers produced attractive Chablis in a fruity, rounded style; late pickers produced softer wines.   
    2012 Drink 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 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 Full, ripe wines with generous flavors rather than a textbook Chablis profile. Some forward & soft; drink early.
    2008 Drink Extended flowering, millerandage. Good summer, average sun hours & temperatures. Expressive, aromatic wines; a classic Chablis vintage combining substance & vivacity.
    2007 Drink Several hailstorms affecting Chichée and various 1ers crus. Uneven maturity. Disparate quality ranging from thin and green to fresh and delicate.
    2006 Drink Successful, well-balanced wines, sometimes heavy. Clearly defined tiers of quality according to rank.
    2005 Drink 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 Mature, healthy grapes delivered generous wines with ripe acidity. Best grands crus will have long life.
    2001 Past peak Unequal ripening favored best sites, old vines. Marked acidity. Particularly large quality gap between petit/ regional Chablis and grands crus.
    2000 Past peak Well- balanced, mature and fairly generous wines with sound acidity harvested in good weather.

     

    Côte de Beaune Whites

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar Following the frost catastrophe of 2016, white burgundy growers were alert to the frost danger posed by a cold period in late April after a warm February and March. A long, 10-day campaign of bale burning before dawn paid off when, in contrast to many other parts of France, major frost damage was averted. A hot late May and June led to successful flowering. July was a month of mixed but manageable weather, and August was warm, particularly later in month, bringing what had always been an early season to a successful close. Harvesting began in August in the Côte de Beaune with a rain break on the 30th; the rest of the whites were picked in cooler conditions in early September. This was a generous harvest (21% up on 2016 for Burgundy’s white wines as a whole) of attractive, accessible wines.
    2016 Drink/Cellar After the warmest December to February quarter in over a century, spring turned cool, wet and gloomy. A humid, wet evening on April 26th was followed by a very cold, clear night which brought severe frost damage on the morning of April 27th; unusually, this affected the Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards (notably Montrachet and Chevalier-Montrachet) more than ‘village’ vineyards.  Damp and dreary conditions continued throughout most of June, and flowering was late, with intense disease pressure.  The picture eased with a warm, sunny July, a hot August and a fine beginning to September, with a little refreshing rain.  Harvest was generally underway by mid-September, producing a very small crop of charming, fresh-flavoured whites.
    2015 Drink/Cellar After a mild winter, spring began early and remained frost-free.  A warm April followed by a dry May led to flowering at the end of the month in what rapidly transitioned into very warm weather. The crop was not as large as hoped due to continuing vine stress from 2014.  Rain fell just after flowering and helped the Côte d’Or through a hot, dry summer; there were further light showers in early August.  Harvest began early, at the end of August, in fine weather.  The resulting wines are ripe and generous, vividly fruity, without excess, and should age well.
    2014 Drink/Cellar

    Spring was clement and frost-free, and flowering at the end of May went well, setting a good crop.  Severe hailstorms on June 28th, though, caused comprehensive damage, especially in Beaune and Meursault, with losses of up to 50% in some sites; Puligny was partly hit, but Chassagne largely escaped.  July and early August were mixed, but the weather rapidly improved in late August and the harvest was picked in perfect conditions throughout September.  Volume may have been impacted, but quality was excellent: fresh, lively wines with vibrant acidity and excellent ageing potential.

    2013 Drink Winter was cold. March, April and May were all wet, with flooding in some lower-lying vineyards.  Both bud break and flowering were late, the latter in cool, wet conditions towards the end of June, setting a small crop.  July was warm, but a hailstorm on the 23rd caused extensive losses, principally in Beaune and Meursault.  A normal August and a cool September followed, with a late harvest at the end of September followed by considerable fruit sorting and chaptalisation.  Assiduous growers, however, have made fresh, classic white wines with plenty of site expression.
    2012 Drink 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 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 Small harvest. Concentrated whites with dimension, intensity & structure. Most wines, village & above, will benefit from cellaring.
    2009 Drink 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 Focused, elegant, incisive whites. Standouts are backward and have concentration & structure to permit long cellaring. Superior to the ’08 reds.
    2007 Drink Challenging season, wet & cold summer. Expressive lighter wines possessing marked acidities. Some are thin, sharp & will not keep well.
    2006 Drink Some variability at all levels of AOC ranks. Ripe, full whites, though lacking acidity in certain cases.
    2005 Drink 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 Smaller vintage of regular quality with sound maturity & acidity. Complex, complete whites with substance & equilibrium.
    2001 Past peak Wet, cool season. Whites not as good as reds, which were picked later. Irregular maturities, lower sugars. Best in Meursault.
    2000 Drink/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
    2017 Drink/Cellar A cold January was followed by warm weather in February, March and early April. Frost threatened, by contrast, throughout much of late April, but was averted by growers’ actions in burning straw bales prior to dawn on cold, cloudless nights. Flowering at the end of May and during a warm early June set the scene for a bumper crop of red wines. July was a relatively cool but uncatastrophic month for all save Morey-St Denis growers (who were hit by hail on July 10th); August was generally warm and sunny. There was a day’s heavy rain at the end of August, and further rain in September, alternating with dryer weather, and growers made the decision to begin the red wine harvest at various times between September 2nd and September 20th. It was the most generous red-wine harvest in Burgundy since 2009, with general red-wine volumes up 41% on 2016, and 26% up on the previous five-year average. The wines are supple and accessible in general, with the most fastidious viticulturalists controlling yield in order to maximise quality; the bumper crop and late-season rain, by contrast, may have diluted the harvest for the less proactive.
    2016 Drink/Cellar Very mild, humid winter conditions gave way to a cold March and then a warmer month of April.  On the night of the 26th to 27th April, catastrophic frost conditions struck not the customary bottom-slope village vineyards but many of the mid-slope Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. These frosts were inconsistent: the village of Marsannay lost 90% of its fruit, and Vougeot, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, Musigny and Chambolle les Amoureuses were badly hit, while the other vineyards of Vosne, and most of Gevrey and Nuits in general escaped unscathed.  Damage to Pommard and Volnay was mixed, too; Corton was hit on the Pernand side, but not the Aloxe side.  After the frosts came intense disease pressure during a dismal May and June.  By the end of June, though, conditions improved, and July and August were ideal; harvest made it clear that the overall Bugundy crop was 25 to 30 per cent below normal.  Attentive growers who were spared the worst of the frost rigours have made deep-coloured, lively, fleshy wines with ample fruit and soft tannins.
    2015 Drink/Cellar A mild January and a cold February was followed by a very warm spring, early and mid-summer weather; flowering was speedy and successful, though yields were lower than hoped, with a lot of millerandage (shot berries).  The drought conditions of July were eased by August storms, and an early harvest unfolded in perfect weather at the end of August and beginning of September with little sorting required; the berries were small and thick-skinned.  Ripe, vivacious, structured and deeply fruited wines with fine ageing potential were made up and down both Côtes.
    2014 Drink/Cellar

    A mild winter was followed by a generally hot and sunny spring that delivered much less rain than usual; flowering was successful and uneventful at the end of May and beginning of June.  A catastrophic hail storm struck on June 28th, principally affecting Beaune, Pommard and Volnay, with minor damage on the hill of Corton.  The Côte de Nuits escaped – but was hit to a lesser extent around Chambolle on July 25th.  July and August were cloudy and cool, but the harvest was saved by a sunny, warm September, with the red harvest beginning in mid-September.  Comprehensive sorting (up to 20% of the harvest) was required, not only because of hail, but also because summer’s still, humid conditions provoked attack from Drosophila suzukii which can cause acid rot in the berries.  The best wines are fresh, vital and energetic, with more length than amplitude.

    2013 Drink/Cellar Winter was cold; spring was wet and cool.  The vegetative cycle was late, and flowering took place in cool, damp conditions towards the end of June, provoking some crop loss due to coulure (shatter) and millerandage (shot berries).  July, by contrast, was hot and sunny, helping the vines to catch up somewhat.  Catastrophic hail on July 23rd caused comprehensive losses (up to 90% of the crop) around Beaune, and especially in Pommard and Volnay; the Côtes de Nuits, though, was unscathed.   August was normal but September was cool and wet; the reds were speedily harvested in early October.  Quality was better than expected, especially once the malic acid was eliminated: pure, crisp, fresh reds with good site definition for the medium term.
    2012 Drink/Cellar 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 Drink 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 Drink/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 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 Fresh, aromatic, medium-weight reds. Less successful wines are lean with marked acidity.
    2007 Drink 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 Very hot July, wet & cool August, favorable September. Fleshy reds with fruit & ripe tannins. Considerable variation in quality in Côte de Beaune.
    2005 Drink Consistent, well-endowed reds, full-bodied & well-structured. Grands crus destined for long aging.
    2004 Drink 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 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/Past peak 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/Past peak

    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
    2017 Drink/Cellar In common with other Burgundy regions, the Mâconnais faced a challenging late April after two-and-a-half months of unseasonally warm weather; like Chablis growers, they were hit by the frosts at that point, meaning a harvest drop of around 10% on the 2016 crop (which was, however, higher here than elsewhere). After that, though, the summer weather was generally unproblematic, with satisfactory flowering and warm weather in May, June and August. The harvest began towards the end of August, and the quality of the wines is juicy, fresh and attractive.
    2016 Drink/Cellar In contrast to the Côte d’Or and Chablis, the Mâconnais escaped the late April frosts – but growers there were no cheerier, as a comprehensive hail storm on the afternoon of April 13th had destroyed around 2,500 ha in the best, southern part of region (especially Pouilly-Fuissé, -Loché and –Vinzelles, and St Véran), meaning overall losses of 30 per cent for this sector.  After that, a difficult early summer was followed by a much more successful July and August, and quality was good, with fleshy yet fresh white wines making ideal mid-term drinking.
    2015 Drink/Cellar The growing season was warm, regular and precocious with excessive heat in July being the main challenge (new heat records were set in Mâcon on July 4th and August 7th: 39.2°C and 39.1°C respectively). Temperatures were eased by some intermittent rain later in August. A healthy crop was harvested in late August and September with excellent results overall: lush, generous, broad-beamed though sometimes heady wines.
    2014 Drink

    A largely trouble-free growing season with successful flowering led to an early, leisurely harvest under benign skies in early September.  Quality is outstanding: poised, balanced wines with a perfect balance between acidity-derived tension and round but not exaggerated fruit richness.

    2013 Drink A rainy spring, poor flowering, a cool summer and a rainy harvest period provided multiple challenges.  Those in the south of the region with well-exposed vineyards who harvested before the heavy rains that fell over the first weekend of October made good wines despite the challenges; elsewhere, the wines were underripe and dilute.
    2012 Drink 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 Smaller harvest of concentrated, balanced wines with noteworthy definition.
    2009 Drink 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 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 Ripe, full, balanced whites with generous fruit. Very consistent quality. Assess current maturity before further cellaring.
    2004 Past peak 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); Hugel family (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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    Loire Valley Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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.

    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Loire dry whites & reds

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar After a difficult season in 2016, most Loire growers were happy with the quality of this remarkably early vintage, though quantities remain below average. As in so many French regions, some parts of the Loire were badly hit by April frosts: Muscadet was 35-40% below normal; Savennières was catastrophically affected; Saumur-Champigny saw a reduction of 30% after frost over four nights (26-29 April); while Cheverny, Menetou-Salon, Coteaux du Giennois and some parts of Pouilly-Fumé were badly hit among the Sauvignon-producing zones. After the frost traumas, though, the summer was near faultless, and the harvest took place from the end of August around two weeks in advance of the normal date. The wines are intense, pungent and vivacious, and the best are expected to age well; the sweet wines are as successful as the dry wines this year. Chinon and Bourgueil have produced noteworthy reds.
    2016 Drink/Cellar The 2016 vintage was a difficult one in many parts of the Loire valley.  The culprits were frosts on the nights of April 26th and 27th, followed by heavy rains in May and June which led to catastrophic outbreaks of mildew; drought and high temperatures in July and August also had a negative effect.  Muscadet was very badly hit, with a third of the zone unpicked and the smallest crop since 1949; other areas affected include Montlouis, Chinon, Bourgeuil and St Nicolas de Bourgeuil, Saumur-Champigny, Menetou-Salon, Pouilly-Fumé (but not Sancerre), Quincy and Reuilly.  Fine September weather towards the end of the season, though, helped create fresh and vibrant wines with ample classicism from those grapes which survived the early season depradations and the summer heat.
    2015 Drink/Cellar After the warmest winter in a century, late February and March were cool, so flowering came normally in early April, with more cool weather at the end of April and early May.  After that, summer was sunny and warm with a very hot, early July.  The growers were happy to see some mid-August rain, and fine, warm weather then returned for a leisurely September harvest.  This is a great vintage across the board in the Loire, for dry wines, for red wines (which are riper than in 2014), and for sweet wines too (with vivid, fresh acidity as well as generous sugars).  The best wines will make superb cellar prospects.
    2014 Drink After a warm end to winter and a very dry March, bud break came early at the beginning of April.  There was good weather for successful flowering, too, but apart from that, summer was cool and, between mid-July and mid-August, very wet.  The weather finally changed at the end of August, and September was record-breakingly dry, sunny and windy, meaning that with maturity came concentration.  Harvesting began in mid-September and gave an excellent crop of dry white and red wines with outstanding Muscadet and Sancerre and very good Anjou-Villages and Chinon.  There was rain in early October which cut the crop of sweet wines, but those who waited for fine weather at the end of October made small quantities of moelleux and liquoreux, the latter with over 20˚ of potential alcohol.
    2013 Drink Late winter and spring saw prolonged cold, meaning that bud break came two weeks late, into mid-April (with Saumur-Champigny suffering a late April frost). Late spring was barely better, with delayed flowering, sometimes as late as early July, accompanied by coulure (shatter) and millerandage (shot berries).  Vouvray was hit by a severe hail storm on June 17th which destroyed two-thirds of its crop.  July and August, by contrast, were hot and sunny, while September was generally benign, although more humid.  The October harvest (late September in Muscadet) was the latest in two decades.  Fair to good results were achieved by those white-wine producers who worked hard in the vineyards and sorted their crop, but it was a less exciting year for reds, and there were few late-harvest wines.
    2012 Drink Troubled spring across region, cool & rainy, reducing yields severely, (1.9 million hl, well below 5-year average & 34% less than ’09). Good September weather rescued early-ripening varieties, sites.  Rain & cold returned in October. Excellent Muscadet albeit drastically reduced crop: intensity, acid backbone; best will keep. Anjou-Saumur, Touraine Chenins picked in good conditions. Cabernets are supple, fruity & forward if rather light.
    2011 Drink Promising start to season, less favorable later. Very early start to season, then cooler in mid-summer. Good Muscadet, successful Anjou Chenins secs.  Early harvest in Centre, mostly picked by mid-September. Ripe Sauvignons often with lower acidities for early drinking. At best, mature Cabernets harvested as early as beginning of September in Chinon, Bourgueil; less maturity in poor locales.
    2010 Drink Regular conditions. Season with contrasting hot & cool periods, irregular flowering & ripening by parcel. Muscadet with above average concentration & structure. Cabernet Franc of sound ripeness if picked late. Many Sauvignons have intensity, aromatic complexity. A year combining quality & above average quantity.
    2009 Drink Dry from June through warm September. Very successful Muscadet, ripe Chenins in Anjou, Touraine.  Hailstorms cut crop in Menetou-Salon, Sancerre. Sauvignons attained high sugars, sound acidity from cool September nights in Centre; last to be picked lack acidity. Fully mature Cabernet Franc, generous Chinon & other Touraine reds with flattering fruit qualities. Prolific vintage of 2.9 million hl.
    2008 Drink Cold summer, favorable September & October. Best wines harvested later & benefitted from long maturation. Concentrated whites will keep well. Fruity, fresh reds; weaker examples are not ripe.  Reduced overall volume, decimated crop in Nantais (1/2 of 2009) due to frost.
    2007 Drink Difficult flowering, wet & cold summer, notably stormy August with low temperatures. Mildew a problem. Best whites are expressive, possess pointed acidity; some lack maturity. Best in Muscadet, Anjou. Many under-ripe, herbaceous reds; successes were harvested later.
    2006 Drink Good summer weather, rain in mid/late September complicated picking across region.best are ripe, full-bodied. Results hinged on skill & timing of vigneron, particularly picking dates.Muscadet suffered. Most Sauvignon in Centre brought in before storms;best are ripe, full-bodied. Results hinged on skill & timing of vigneron, particularly picking dates.
    2005 Drink Early harvest in benign conditions, consistently ripe & balanced wines. Concentrated whites with backbone, often very full-bodied. Reds even better, for many best of decade: fully mature, atypically dense, age-worthy.
    2004 Past peak Favorable September, generous yields. Typical light- to medium-weight wines, sound maturities; most to drink early. Some examples were weak, green. Centre saw late harvesting extending into October producing etched Sauvignons with herbaceous notes.
    2003 Drink/Past peak Earliest harvest since 1893 (e.g., starting 19 August in Nantais & Centre). Variable season, extremely hot August, grapes “burnt” by sun. Old vines fare better. Very high levels of maturity likened to 1959 or 1947. Reduced volumes. Rich Muscadet & Chenins. Full, ripe Sauvignon with unusually high alcohol lacked typicity. Many excellent reds: fruity, supple, fine tannins. Nearly all to drink young.
    2002 Drink Below normal harvest volume, uniform quality. Rainy August, warm & dry September/October. Muscadet endowed with rich fruit. Successful Chenins secs in Anjou-Saumur, Touraine. Appealing Chinon, Saumur-Champigny; some reds insufficiently ripe. Sauvignons in Centre possessed generous, ripe fruit.
    2001 Past peak Excellent flowering, high temperatures in summer. Muscadet performed well. In Anjou-Saumur, rich Chenins. High rainfall in Touraine, earlier harvest; wines reflect maturity  similar to 2000. Solid reds. Mixed results for Sauvignons in Centre where rain & rot disrupted maturation.
    2000 Past peak Cool, wet July, hot June & August. Grapes picked before mid-October rains made successful wines. Rich, full-bodied Muscadet. Light Chenins in Anjou-Saumur & Touraine; Savennières above average. Ripe, balanced Sauvignons in Centre benefitted from favorable September. Soft, forward reds.

     Loire Sweet whites (moelleux) 

    *2013 onwards, sweet wines are integrated to the main comment

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2012 Pending Limited botrytis, minuscule yields of Bonnezeaux, Chaume, Quarts de Chaume.
    2011 Drink/Cellar top wines A year favoring Chenin with attractive moelleux in Coteaux du Layon.
    2010 Drink/Cellar top wines Anjou was able to produce good sweet wines in the Layon appellations. Touraine was less successful.
    2009 Drink/Cellar top wines Many remarkable wines in both Anjou & Touraine, among them Coteaux du Layon &  Vouvray. A vintage to challenge 2005 as the best of the decade for moelleux.
    2008 Drink/Cellar top wines Very limited output of sweet wines. Some finely calibrated, rather light, elegant successes.
    2007 Drink/Cellar top wines Extremely small production of moelleux with some fine results among the Anjou Chenins.
    2006 Drink Below average wines with a handful of lighter, elegant, moderately sweet successes.
    2005 Drink/Cellar top wines A year in which the grapes experienced noble rot or desiccation through passerillage. Uniform quality. Wines with exquisite equilibrium in a diversity of styles. A great vintage, arguably best of the decade.
    2004 Drink/Past peak Light wines, absence of sweetness… with few exceptions.
    2003 Drink/Cellar top wines Opulence, density & sweetness. A minority miss sufficient backbone to offset richness. Cellar selectively after evaluating individually.
    2002 Drink/Cellar top wines Sweet wines resulted from desiccation of grapes on vine (passerillage). Wines possess real density with high sugar levels complemented by well-matched acidity.
    2001 Drink top wines Anjou Chenins were attractively sweet and stand above Touraine where Vouvray & Montlouis lack substance.
    2000 Drink top wines Simple, straightforward & delicately sweet wines without the concentration & dimension of finest years.

     

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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); Hugel family (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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    Provence Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Provence Vintage Chart

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar reds Provence, like the Rhône valley, generally escaped the frost problems which affected so much of France -- though a small area in the Var suffered, mostly planted with IGP fruit. It was, however, the third year of summer drought in Provence, and this meant small berries, small bunches and reduced yields; the harvest was 18% down on 2016.  The early season and bright, hot summer also meant an extraordinarily early vintage, beginning in Pierrefeu on August 11th, and everywhere at least two weeks ahead of the previous average for warm or hot years. Tempier in Bandol began on August 22nd and finished on September 12th. Gowers were very pleased with the quality, suggesting that the Mistral had been critical in ensuring freshness in the fruit, and that 2016-2017 winter rains had also kept the vines healthy during the long, hot summer.
    2016 Drink/cellar reds The wet spring which characterised many French wine regions in 2016 eluded Provence as it did Languedoc, and apart from a minor frost on April 29th the main growing-season challenge was drought: less than 200 mm of rain throughout the entire season in Bandol, for example, and an almost completely rainless summer in Bellet.  The result was a shortfall of 10 to 30 per cent depending on  zone, and very small berries which were not always ideal for rosé production where ‘juiciness’ is a desideratum.  The quality of both white and (especially) red wines, though, was high since the summer heat was tempered by cool nights and the grapes retained fresh acidity, while the lowered yields provided impressive concentration of flavour.
    2015 Drink/cellar reds After a very wet winter for the second year running, spring was warm and dry and bud break took place earlier than usual.  Flowering went well, and summer was generally warm but without excessive heat; rain around June 15th was helpful.  The conditions of steady, tempered heat continued throughout August, and the rosé harvest began at the end of that month under clear skies, with grapes for white and red wines generally picked in the first half of September.  Quantities are slightly lower than in 2015 but quality is exceptional; Bandol reds are outstanding.
    2014 Drink Winter was wetter than average, especially in January and February, and there were further episodes of rain in March and May.  Summer was cooler than usual with occasional further storms and hail episodes around Mont Sainte-Victoire and in Coteaux Varois.  The weather cleared at the end of August, and September was the warmest month of the summer, though from mid-September the Mistral gave way to an easterly wind which saw the return of humid conditions.  September 19th brought violent storms and hail in Bandol, though many growers had picked by then.  Quality was better than growers had feared, with fresh, lively whites and rosés and poised, mid-weight reds.
    2013 Drink After a long, cool and slow spring, the entire growing season (bud break, flowering, véraison and harvest) was about two weeks later than usual.  There were hail storms in the Var in June, but the disease pressure of early summer gradually abated thanks to the Mistral as September approached.  It was a good vintage for those who long for delicacy and freshness in white and rosé wines, but the reds are light to mid-weight and, generally  speaking, not for long storage.
    2012 Drink Rainy spring, hail in central Provence in late May. Hot, dry summer, drought in Bouches-du-Rhône. Rainstorms from mid-August into September. Fresh, elegant rosés. Concentrated whites with marked acidity, best will keep. Restrained, balanced reds, Coteaux Varois Syrah stands out. Moderate alcohol levels. Overall volume down by 20%.
    2011 Drink Mixed growing season. Dry, sunny spring, flowering in good conditions. Uneven summer: cool, wet July; hot, dry mid-August to mid-September. Beneficial moisture in early September followed by drying Mistral wind. Cool nights during harvest. Heterogeneous maturation. Elegant, aromatic rosés, well-defined reds, especially Coteaux Varois & d’Aix.  Bandol particularly successful & structured; best will need cellaring.
    2010 Drink Widely varying weather by département. More rainfall in some sectors than recent years. June floods in central Var.  Harvest pushed back by 1 to 3 weeks depending on locale; some red varieties not picked until end of October. Most reds moderately concentrated, whites & rosés with high acidities, generally lower alcohol: a year of finesse. Alternating sun/rain resulted in late, extended harvest in Bandol: spicy, defined reds, moderate alcohol.
    2009 Drink Beneficial winter rains, good weather. Dry summer. Early vintage, balanced sugar & acidity enhanced by diurnal temperature variation. Ripe wines of all colors, very successful reds. In some cases, elevated alcohol, low acidities. Hot, dry summer in Bandol, even Mourvèdre ripened early. Reds reveal fruit, notable acidity, fine tannins.
    2008 Drink/Past peak Difficult year. High levels of mildew & colder, wetter end to growing season demanded careful vineyard maintenance. Smaller crop of fresh rosés & whites, fruit-filled & defined reds. Generally lower alcohol, higher acidity. Varied September weather in Bandol yielded reds with tension & definition. With a“cooler,” more classic expression than 2007.
    2007 Drink/Past peak Warm August leading up to harvest. Cool nights. Storms in Var, Coteaux d’Aix. Elsewhere, water & wind stress in summer. Early healthy harvest but rather low volume. Atypically ripe, fleshy, sometimes heady whites & rosés. Reds with concentrated fruit. Bandol shines very expressive with generous fruit; best demand further aging. Some compare 2007 to 1998, an exceptional year.
    2006 Drink/Past peak Mild spring, some rain April through July. Hot windy August. Elevated amount of sunshine throughout season, lower precipitation. Drought in central Provence salvaged by late rains. Agreeable rosés, elegant whites. Structured reds suitable for mid-term cellaring, most are now ready. Extremely early harvest of healthy, ripe fruit in Bandol:  reds are fresh, elegant.
    2005 Drink/Past peak In general, a dry season with absence of heat extremes, small harvest. Expressive, typical whites & rosés; firm reds with intense fruit. In Bandol, cool August nights, September punctuated by rain, no mistral; low yields, concentrated, well-defined reds for keeping. In general, less salutary results in Provence than other regions in ’05.
    2004 Drink/Past peak Low yielding year (35-40 hl/ha) across all types, particularly small for Mourvèdre. Above average acidity. Balanced reds with moderately concentrated, fine tannins. Hot summer days, cool nights freshened by Mistral produced attractive Bandol with moderate alcohol, spice & fresh acidity.
    2003 Past peak Summer heat wave, coastal vineyards enjoyed moderating winds. Notably low yields in driest areas. Grenache suffered, Cinsault & Mourvèdre tolerated extremes better. Many wines with low acidity, high alcohol. Dry tannins in some reds; best are concentrated & required cellaring. Bandol reds have softened & surprised after time in bottle.
    2002 Past peak Rosés were good, many other wines often weak, green, unripe. Tiny yields in Bandol: reds are fruity with moderate alcohol.
    2001 Past peak Reds were a success, notably Bandol: powerful, aromatic with better phenolic maturity than 2000. Rosés to drink on release, heavy whites now well past their best.
    2000 Past peak High temperatures, low yields in Bandol resulted in dense wines with high alcohol. Reds tended to have unripe, dry tannins. Weak, fragile whites.

     


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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); Hugel family (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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    Alsace Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Alsace

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar After a very cold winter period (with 56 sub-zero days in December 2016 and January 2017), the early spring weather turned warm, with early budburst. As in so many other French regions, frosts struck in late April (20th and 21st in Alsace), affecting 4,500 ha, with 1,500 ha of vineyards losing 80% or more of their crop. The overall harvest (907,000 hl) was 20 per cent down on 2016. The frosts struck flatland or bottom-slope vineyards particularly hard: above all Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc destined for Crémant. After that, conditions were almost perfect for the rest of the season, with a sunny summer interspersed with rain showers, cool nights, and perfect botrytis-forming conditions towards the end of the season.  Summer was also relatively hot here (the fifth hottest in the last 40 years).  It was one of the earliest harvests ever, beginning on August 21st, and although quantity is down, quality is high for all varieties, as well as for red wines and late-harvest wines. The wines are perfumed, complex and concentrated.
    2016 Drink/Cellar After an alarmingly warm January, spring was cool and fretful, and budburst came normally in April.  June was intensely wet, but the weather improved for flowering at the end of the month, and summer was thereafter warm and dry, with no more rain until September 18th.  Harvest began at the end of September and continued through a generally fine October with good ripening conditions, but little or no botrytis (so there will be few Vendange Tardive and SGN wines this year).  The overall harvest size is normal, and 2016 has produced classically poised, fresh Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer wines. 
    2015 Drink/Cellar A perfect weather script for Alsace: a warm, dry spring and early summer was followed by a July heatwave, to the extent that the vines were suffering by early August.  Rain storms on August 9th and 10th were hugely helpful, and after that, the vines ripened perfectly for a leisurely harvest throughout September, VT and SGN included.  All varieties excelled, including Pinot Noir.  2015 is considered the greatest Alsace vintage since 1990 and 1971, though quantities were not large.
    2014 Drink/Cellar A warm spring and early summer led to an exceptionally successful flowering and fruit set.  July, though, had double its average rainfall, creating disease pressures. August was cooler than usual, leading to Drosophila suzukii attacks on Alsace’s dark-skinned grapes (Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer).  Picking in mid- to late-September produced a smaller-than-hoped-for harvest of beautifully balanced wines which, like 2013, favoured dry styles over sweet.  Riesling and Pinot Gris were particularly successful.
    2013 Drink A cool, slow spring meant that flowering was delayed until the second half of June.  Mid-July to mid-August was warm and dry (though with hail in some sectors), meaning that early September rain was welcome.  The rest of September was dry and sunny prior to an early October harvest.  2013 is a fine, low-yielding year for dry wines, especially Riesling but also Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer: fresh, elegant and vital.  There are few VT and SGN wines.
    2012 Drink 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 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 Full, ripe wines with generous flavors rather than a textbook Chablis profile. Some forward & soft; drink early.
    2008 Drink Extended flowering, millerandage. Good summer, average sun hours & temperatures. Expressive, aromatic wines; a classic Chablis vintage combining substance & vivacity.
    2007 Drink Several hailstorms affecting Chichée and various 1ers crus. Uneven maturity. Disparate quality ranging from thin and green to fresh and delicate.
    2006 Drink/Past peak Successful, well-balanced wines, sometimes heavy. Clearly defined tiers of quality according to rank.
    2005 Drink Ripe, generous, full wines, occasionally high in alcohol. Best grands crus suitable for long cellaring.
    2004 Drink/Past peak 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 Mature, healthy grapes delivered generous wines with ripe acidity. Best grands crus will have long life.
    2001 Drink Favour the Grands Crus only now.
    2000 Drink Well- balanced, mature and fairly generous wines with sound acidity harvested in good weather.

     

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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); Hugel family (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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    Champagne Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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.

    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Champagne

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar Champagne’s 2017 season was a chaotic series of extreme events: the perfect illustration of climate scientists’ global warming predictions. A cold winter was followed by a very warm early spring, leading to dangerously early budburst. Severe frosts in the third week of April then eliminated between 20% and 70% of the potential crop, depending on sub-region (the Côte des Bars was worst affected). After that, the weather was exceptionally hot and sunny up to the end of July, breaking many of the region’s heat records. Storms and hail then caused further losses at the beginning of August, and harvest eventually got underway in late August, though the official date was September 4th (which many, with hindsight, considered too late). It was interrupted by heavy rain, and botrytis outbreaks meant that the grapes had to be carefully sorted. The quality of some Chardonnays was fair to good, but 2017 produced poor quality Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, and the paucity of grapes means that Champagne houses risk running down their reserves at a time of record sales.
    2016 Drink/Cellar A difficult year for Champagne got underway with a mild winter followed by a cool early spring.  Snow, then frost struck the region on April 27th-28th, followed by two very wet months which caused unprecendented mildew-related losses.  Late July and August, by contrast, were hot enough to cause some problems of sun-burn, with very uneven Chardonnay results in particular.  Overall quantities are down by around 33 per cent, and quality is variable, too, with some softness evident in the balance of Chardonnay-dominated wines.
    2015 Drink/Cellar After a cold, wet winter and very mixed weather in April, it became sunny, warm and dry in May and stayed that way through a largely hot July and mid-August.  The end of August was cooler and wetter, but skies cleared in September and most of the harvest was picked in perfect conditions in the first part of the month. A little rain fell during the picking of the last parcels.  Despite relatively low acid levels (2015 is the lowest acid year since 2003), most feel that the wines of this preponderantly warm, dry year are finely balanced, structured, fresh, concentrated and meant for long ageing.  A vintage year for all -- with some growers claiming that 2015 is the best vintage since 1947.
    2014 Drink/Cellar Spring was mild and warm, leading to a generous fruit set (after two short vintages in 2012 and 2013).  July, by contrast, was cool and wet and this indifferent weather lingered into August finally clearing by the end of the month for a fine, harvest-saving September.  There was an ample crop of irregular wines with very good results for Chardonnay and Montagne de Reims Pinot, but sometimes dilute results in the Marne Valley (which had twice its normal growing-season rainfall).
    2013 Drink/Cellar A long winter and cool spring meant that the Chardonnay didn’t flower until mid-June and the two Pinots in mid-July: a very late date, and potentially disastrous.  There was hail damage in the Marne at the end of July.  Overall, though, July and August were record-breakingly hot and sunny, saving the vintage and meaning that the early September rain was welcome.  Good conditions then resumed for an October harvest of tense and acidic but good quality fruit, ideal for ageing.  A vintage year for most.
    2012 Drink/Cellar Widespread frosts in April touched 131 villages (of 319). Very cold, sunless weather for flowering. Long rainless period from mid-July to September. Total yield: 9,208 kg/ha, lowest volume since 2003, ~40% below 10-year average. Highest average sugars across all varieties. Overall maturity equals 2009. A vintage year is anticipated.
    2011 Drink Hot, dry spring. Exceptionally large harvest, 13,261 kg/ha. Average sugar ripeness & acidities.
    2010 Drink/Cellar Rains mid-August provoked widespread rot reducing crop substantially. High sugars for Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, highest acidities for Pinots in decade of 2000s. Limited vintage declarations.
    2009 Drink Warmest conditions since 2003, optimal maturity, healthy fruit. Balanced wines with average sugars, lower acidities. High overall maturity. Vintage year for some, principally récoltants-manipulants (individual growers). In ’09, new EU rules reduced dosage for Brut to 12 g/l.
    2008 Drink/Cellar Moderate yields; wines of moderate concentration & acidity. Overall sugar-acid ratio dropped to level of 1990s from higher maturities of 2000s. Declared vintage by many  récoltants-manipulants (individual growers).
    2007 Drink Chardonnay performed best. Summer hail. Lowest fruit maturity of the 2000s. Non-vintage year for many négociants-manipulants (houses), typically declared by récoltants-manipulants (individual growers).
    2006 Drink Cold winter, hot & dry summer. Abundant year, heterogeneous ripening. Above average pH & sugars, average acidity. High overall maturity, in line with ’09 & ’12. Numerous vintage declarations by many producers.
    2005 Drink More difficult season than many French regions in ’05. Successful Chardonnay, weak Pinot Meunier. Good sugar levels, below average acidities.  Vintage declaration by many négociants-manipulants (houses) & récoltants-manipulants (growers).
    2004 Drink Harvest delivered record volume & sound quality. Chardonnay, Meunier were best. Balanced, well-structured Champagnes some compare to ’98.
    2003 Drink/Past peak Atypically hot summer. Earliest harvest since 1822, abnormally low yields of 8,254 kg/ha. Richness & elevated alcohol levels. Numerous vintage declarations. Some examples are missing sufficient backbone.
    2002 Drink/Cellar Both Chardonnay & Pinot Noir ripened well. Balanced Champagnes, a declared vintage by producers of all types. Superb prestige Champagnes, many will benefit from further cellaring.
    2001 Past peak Cold, wet September. Lacked maturity: low sugars & elevated acidity. Not a vintage year except for some récoltants-manipulants (individual growers).
    2000 Drink Difficult summer marked by rain, widespread hail. Favorable September weather for harvest. Widely declared “millennium” vintage… some fine examples, 0thers are soft, lack intensity & should be drunk (now).

     

     

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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); Hugel family (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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    Languedoc-Roussillon Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Languedoc-Roussillon Vintage Chart 

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar A cold winter was followed by unusually warm weather in February, March and early April; then, most unusually for Languedoc, frost struck the vineyards (though Roussillon was spared, and in the end had a larger-than-usual harvest). Aude, Hérault and Gard were all badly hit, with crop levels down by 20-30% (around 1 million hl less than usual), and with IGP vineyards worse hit than AOP vineyards (which mainly lie on the hills, and therefore enjoy better air drainage). Summer was then bright and sunny, and the surviving crop provided an early harvest, with some Muscats being picked as early as the end of July. Quality was good, rising to excellent in the Roussillon (where more sea breezes and less tramontane wind than usual helped temper the heat and minimise grape dessication).
    2016 Drink/Cellar After a mild but dry winter which provoked early budburst, spring was cool enough to slow down the cycle.  A shortage of water, though, made itself felt from spring onwards: 2016 was the driest season in Languedoc since 1944.  A small crop of at least 10 per cent below normal was the result, while the Pic St Loup crop was hit further by a catastrophic hail storm in August.  In general, conditions were warm and dry with nights cool enough to retain freshness, and quality (for those growing the well-adapted varieties generally specified by AOC rules) is high.
    2015 Drink Winter and early spring were cold and very wet. But warm, dry weather took over after that, and from mid-May onwards, conditions were unusually hot, especially in July.  At that point, some of the vines were shutting down.  Violent storms ensued on August 13th which were generally of great benefit to the vines, though quantities varied between 24 in/600 mm in Terraces du Larzac to under 2 in/50 mm elsewhere.  Warm weather resumed on August 20th, and harvest got underway for the whites; reds were picked in early September. Torrential but localised rain on September 8th in eastern Languedoc spared most growers.  The end of September and October provided beautiful harvest conditions for later pickers, and in general, this ended as a good vintage for both Languedoc and Roussillon, producing fresh whites and fragrant, amply constituted and lushly fruity reds with fine ageing potential.
    2014 Drink Languedoc-Roussillon suffered its driest winter for 20 years, and a warm, dry spring then followed. Drought stress meant the vines set a lower yield than normal.  Hailstorms on July 6th caused crop losses in La Clape, Minervois and Corbières, and summer then turned humid and stormy.  The vine’s cycle was well advanced, though, so those unaffected by hail who were able to harvest early made good wines, including many in Roussillon.  However colossal rains and flooding hit Languedoc on September 17th and 18th, and then again between September 28th and 30th seriously compromising the harvest in later picking zones (like Pic St Loup) and for those Languedoc growers reliant on later-ripening Grenache and Mourvèdre.  It was, by contrast, a good year in Roussillon.
    2013 Drink Cold, wet spring continued through abnormally cold June. Flowering delayed by 3 weeks. Grenache suffered coulure, reducing its yields. Summer generally warm, not hot, with cool nights. Late-ripening red varieties yielded best results: Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre & Cabernet. Grenache Blanc, Picpoul, Roussanne & Chardonnay do well. Wines overall tend to have lower alcohol, higher acidities; best have structure for aging. Roussillon particularly successful. Total harvest volume close to recent norm across L-R.
    2012 Drink Weather extremes, variation across L-R. Very hot spring, very dry summer. Wide disparities in outcomes. Grenache, Syrah profited from conditions, excellent Corbières, Fitou, La Clape, Terrasses du Larzac. Weaker dry whites: Picpoul, Sauvignon Blanc. In Roussillon, Tramontane wind strips fruit from vines, a rare occurrence. Healthy reds from small berries, excellent Roussillon villages. Generally not for long cellaring. Banyuls, Maury, Rivesaltes stand out. Lowest recorded overall harvest, down 40% from average.
    2011 Drink Season commenced with good water reserves in Languedoc. Dry, warm to hot spring. Cool, humid summer, attacks of mildew, oidium. Improved conditions, windy, for harvest. Heterogeneous ripening, fruity & fresh wines to drink young, though the best reds have also aged very well. In Roussillon, hot, dry spring offset by May rain. Colder early summer, hot & humid August with hail on 5th damaging 1,000 ha in Les Aspres. Winds played positive drying role in September. Successful & healthy global results: aromatic wines with defining acidity. Promising VDNs. First vintage in many without shortfall in volume.
    2010 Drink Generally hot, dry year. Warm spring without rain, favorable conditions for flowering. Extremely hot July, cooler late August regulated maturation. In Roussillon, cooler summer nights until mid-August. Roussillon reds, from small berries, have good color, substance. Severely reduced harvest: 30% below average. Outstanding harvest of dense, structured wines.
    2009 Drink Relatively humid & wet for L-R. Rainy April in Languedoc. Typical summer sunshine, very hot August accelerates ripening. Roussillon saw warm spring & good conditions for flowering. Advanced ripening, similar to 2003, small crop with irregular quality. Full whites & reds, low acidities, high alcohol. Uneven phenolic maturities.
    2008 Drink In Languedoc, hot summer without rain, abundant sunshine; ripening slowed by cooler nights. More varied weather in Roussillon, beneficial May rain. Staggered harvest depending on variety, zone. Heterogeneous results: fresh, expressive reds & whites with sound acidity.
    2007 Drink Season began with dry conditions, rectified partially by spring rain. Little summer rain in Languedoc, Roussillon even less. Reduced harvest of generally healthy, concentrated wines, notably reds of Corbières, Pic Saint-Loup, whites of Limoux.
    2006 Past peak Very hot June, precocious flowering. Heat continued through summer, with no precipitation, nearing water stress. Rain in September restored balance in Languedoc, enabling healthy harvest of sound maturity. Corbières, Fitou performed well. Budding delayed in Roussillon, rainless May to September. Very hot July, cooler August. Challenging harvest, best wines resulted from careful selection of ripe fruit. Uneven ripening, phenolic maturity.
    2005 Past peak Beneficent growing season with balanced temperatures & rainfall in Languedoc. Many locales attained maturity by late August. Wines with attractive fruit, equilibrium; fine tannins in reds. Roussillon recovered from early oidium & harvested healthy grapes, especially fine Carignan. A rival to 2001’s quality, perhaps a notch lower in red.
    2004 Past peak Year of seasonal norms without extremes across L-R. Typical, hot summer carried on to Indian summer in October. Healthy fruit, optimal & sound ripening unless picked too early. Corbières shines. Roussillon dependable across all types, a step below 2003 in red.
    2003 Past peak Water-retaining soils, higher elevations coped better with heat wave. Hot summer days & nights stressed vulnerable vines. Long, extended, reduced harvest. Conditions favored Grenache: deep, rich fruit. Carignan, Mourvèdre also withstood heat; Bordeaux varieties struggled. Often dense reds, heavy whites with elevated alcohol, low acidities for early drinking. Roussillon benefitted from cooling of sea, mountains & winds to produce excellent dry reds, Banyuls, Maury.
    2002 Past peak Dry spring, cool July, uneven August hindered maturation & delayed harvest. Heavy rainstorm affecting Gard & Hérault on 9-10 September. Lack of substance, concentration. Roussillon generally more successful than Languedoc in dry wines & VDN.
    2001 Past peak Beneficent season across L-R. Ideal flowering. High sun hours, typical heat, no rain from mid-July to mid-September. A benchmark year for reds, deeply colored & tannic, suitable for cellaring. Roussillon villages, Banyuls, Collioure stand out. Many place this as one of the finest modern vintages in L-R.
    2000 Past peak Largely sun-filled, dry spring continued into summer. Brief cold snap in July in Languedoc. Fine hot weather in August/September, enhancing maturities. Harvesting in good weather, large crop overall. Very successful reds possessing fruit, 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); Hugel family (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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    Beaujolais Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Beaujolais

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Drink/Cellar In contrast to other parts of France, Beaujolais was not badly affected by the frosts of late April; by contrast, catastrophic hail storms in July slashed many growers’ production volumes for the second year running, both in the Beaujolais Villages zone and in the zone of the crus, on July 10th and then again on July 31st.  Some growers in both Morgon and Moulin-à-Vent lost 80% of their crop in both 2017 and 2016, and growers in other crus have fared almost as badly.  This was all the more tragic since the rest of the summer was largely problem-free with ample fine weather, providing a crop of exuberantly fruit-packed wines for those growers lucky enough to have escaped the hail.
    2016 Drink After mild winter weather and a mixed early spring, northern Beaujolais was hit by three separate hail attacks.  The first, on April 13th, affected Juliénas and parts of Beaujolais-Villages; the second came on May 27th, and hit 1500 ha principally in the crus, with 650 ha suffering losses of more than 75 per cent; while the third, on June 24th, was the worst of all, affecting 2,250 ha again principally in the crus, with 1,000 ha suffering losses of 80 per cent or more.  Overall, however, these losses in the north were compensated by an ample harvest in the south of the region.  Poor weather at the start to the year was balanced by a generous summer.  The result was a harvest of soft, amply fruity wines, though without the depth and density of the outstanding 2015 harvest. 
    2015 Drink A sunny, dry spring was followed by ideal flowering conditions. Summer veered between very warm and hot, with a series of heat spikes—all alleviated by periodic rains and cool nights. Harvest began early, August 24th. The wines are dark, generously fruity, sometimes heady and chewy; acids remained bright, thanks to the cool nights.
    2014 Drink A warm spring followed by successful, early flowering gave way to a cool summer. September, though, was hot and dry, and harvest unfolded under perfect conditions. The wines are sprightly with pristine fruit characters but great depth too; more ‘classic’ than 2015.
    2013 Drink A cool, moist spring and early summer resulted in bud break in late April and flowering in mid-June. July and August were warm and sunny, but not enough to speed the cycle. Harvest was late, the end of September and into October. Quality was variable, but the best wines were fresh, vivid and lively.
    2012 Drink Smallest harvest in 40 years (509,000 hl), 40% less than 2011, yields barely 30 hl/ha. Concentrated, fresh, vibrant reds.
    2011 Drink Third highly successful vintage in row, combining mature dark fruit without exaggeration & fresh acidity. Well-suited to cellaring at cru level.
    2010 Drink 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 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 Past peak 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 Past peak Lack of sunshine. Mildew problems. Crus show their superiority, fare far better than regionals.
    2006 Past peak Alternating extremes of climate, heterogeneous results. Better end of season. Southern Beaujolais more consistent than northern zone.
    2005 Drink 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 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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    Acknowledgements: E. Gabay MW (Provence); Hugel family (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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    Bordeaux Vintage Charts & Ratings

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    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. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to 2013.

    Last updated: April 25th 2019

    Bordeaux Médoc & Graves 

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    Drink/Cellar white wines; Cellar red wines

    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. 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. 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.  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). After the early start to the year, véraison (the grape’s colour change) was three weeks ahead of normal. 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. 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. The dry white wines of Pessac-Léognan, by contrast, are impressive.
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    Drink/Cellar white wines; Cellar red wines 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. April and May were chaotic, but the weather during flowering in early June turned propitious. 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. July’s heat was normal, and there were two small heatwaves in August, but in general nights were cool. The whites were picked from the beginning of September. 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. Merlots began to be picked in early October, and the Cabernets in mid-October. Little sorting was required. Some dry whites are drought-affected and sinewy, but the Cabernet-based reds are structured, fine and fresh.
    2015

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    Drink/Cellar 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.  March and early April saw a combination of warm days and cool nights, then the rest of April and May were very warm and dry, leading to a rapid and precocious flowering.  June and July were exceptionally hot and rainless, eventually causing some drought stress.  Fortunately, four separate storms in August brought the vines some relief, and an early white-wine harvest began on August 24th.  Heavy rains came prior to the red wine harvest, in mid-September, followed by sunshine with cool nights.  There was more heavy rain over the first weekend of October, but in general, both Merlots and Cabernets were picked in unhurried conditions.  It was an excellent harvest for dry whites, which are pure, concentrated and fresh.  The red wines have had a good though not quite great year, the mitigating factors being the drought of high summer and the intermittent rains of the harvest period.  Weather conditions favoured the southern Médoc and Pessac-Léognan.
    2014 Red:

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    Cellar After a warm and unusually wet winter, spring began with very mild March temperatures, and budburst was two weeks ahead of average.  The inevitable frost risk was generally averted by further warmth in April.  A cool and damp May led to an extended flowering period, but early June heat confirmed the advanced cycle.  After that, though, the weather cooled considerably, and there were violent storms in the Northern Médoc with hail on June 8th and heavy rain on the 22nd.  July was damp and dull, and August cool (2°C below normal), slowing the cycle again. Finally the weather changed once again at the end of August, and it remained fine thereafter until the end of October.  The overall summer pattern was perfect for dry white wines, which were picked early and which have great freshness and definition.  The record-breaking Indian summer meant that both Cabernets and Merlots could be picked at optimum ripeness.  The stop-go nature of the summer, though, left its mark in vibrant acidity for the red wines too, which are built in a fresh, ‘classical’ style.
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    Past peak Spring was miserable: cold and rainy.  Budburst was late and flowering was late and uneven; heavy storms hit Bordeaux in early June, and there was continual disease pressure.  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 26th, with trees uprooted in the Médoc; hail followed in early August.  Fine, warm weather ensued, though the cycle was so late that all the fruit was still on the vines when new storms came at the end of September.  A crop of mixed ripeness required extensive sorting.  Merlot suffered more extensively from disease pressure than Cabernet, but Cabernet struggled comprehensively to achieve ripeness, and was extensively chaptalised in the Médoc.  The red wine crop is at best light, charming and for early drinking, at worst thin.  The season favoured the dry white wines of Pessac-Léognan and the Graves, by contrast; these retain considerable freshness and poise, and the very best will last well.
    2012 Drink/Cellar Wet spring, with extended flowering in poor conditions; coulure in Merlot. Extremely dry from mid-July, then rain in Médoc 24-26 September, with more rain in October. Irregular and incomplete ripening in Médoc; Cabernets are heterogeneous and can be herbaceous. Pessac-Léognan is more reliable. White wines show some richness and are the stars of the vintage.
    2011 Drink Atypical season, near record for driest, hottest April/May, scorched berries in June, water stress. Some properties picked before full maturity; sorting essential to remove unripe berries. St.-Julien & St.-Estèphe are most successful. Irregular reds, at best elegant, lighter weight with lower alcohol for mid-term cellaring. Whites with concentration & backbone.
    2010 Drink/Cellar Ideal conditions without temperature extremes; lowest precipitation of decade from July-September. Higher sugars in Cabernets than 2009/2005. Deeply colored, fully mature, firmly structured reds requiring long cellaring: a modern classic.Concentrated whites with elevated acidity.
    2009 Drink/Cellar reds Hot, dry year, cooler nights with fewer heat spikes than 2003/2005. Higher sun hours than 1947, 1961, 1982 (slightly more precipitation). Ripe, healthy grapes with higher sugars than 2003 & 2005, optimal phenolic & seed maturities. Cabernet excels. Well-endowed, profound red wines displaying density, fruit & flesh: a powerful vintage.Generous, full & flavorful whites, sometimes lacking vivacity.
    2008 Drink Challenging late season, some irregular ripening. Reds show good color & structure, but are somewhat withdrawn. Many may merit excellent rating with further bottle aging.Sauvignon & Sémillon enjoyed ideal conditions. A year offering an exemplary price-value relationship for the Crus Classés.
    2007 Drink Reds, at best fresh, elegant, some lacking concentration. Cabernet & Médoc most successful. Weakest are angular & may dry out with age. Balanced & poised whites with expressive fruit qualities.
    2006 Drink Cabernet Sauvignon performed well. Classic reds with color and structure. Require further time in bottle to reveal themselves. Aromatic, concentrated whites.
    2005 Drink/Cellar reds Exceptionally dry year from winter to autumn. High sun hours & temperatures in spring & summer. Optimal maturation, all varieties were successful. Substantial reds with deep color, powerful tannins. Full, flavorful, balanced whites equal to reds: an uncommon result.
    2004 Drink Sorting essential to remove green grapes. Reds range from under ripe and weak to moderately concentrated, framed by acidity & tannin. Only those with sufficient substance will gain with cellaring. Whites possess attractive fruit & fresh acidity.
    2003 Drink Very dry, extremely hot summer days & nights (16 days > 95°F  vs. 2 in 2000, 6 in 2005, 4 in 2009). Need to eliminate the superscript here. I can’t figure out how to do it.) Deeply colored reds, low acidities & high tannin deviate from classic Left Bank profile. St.-Estèphe, Pauillac are most successful. Reds have largely reached their apogee. Remains a controversial vintage, with strongly divided views as to its intrinsic quality. Harvesting of white grapes started mid-August. Rich, fat whites, some acidified, not for long keeping.
    2002 Drink Lower yields. Cabernet Sauvignon more successful than Merlot. Northern Médoc communes stand out as successes on the Left Bank. Other reds were irregular in maturity.
    2001 Drink Colder September produces classic, firm reds with some variability in maturity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Very well-balanced, aromatic whites benefitted from cooler weather.
    2000 Drink/Cellar reds

    Hot, dry August & September, ideal ripening, creating small berries with thick skins. Rain-free harvest. Complete, fleshy reds, rich in color & phenolic content.


     

    Bordeaux St.-Emilion & Pomerol

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Cellar As throughout the region, treacherously mild February, March and early April temperatures preceded savage frosts in late April. 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. (Lalande de Pomerol lost between 50% and 80% of its crop.) 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). The Merlot crop was picked in generally good weather in mid-September, though with rot threatening some of the bunches. The wines are soft and attractive, fresh without greenness, and will make attractive short to mid-term drinking.
    2016 Cellar 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.  The very dry weather and tempered heat of summer suited Merlot, with July in particular leading to the formation of propitiously thick yet supple skins on the grapes.  Following the mid-September rains, the Merlot berries increased in weight but without any skin-splitting, and the fine weather of the latter half of September was perfect for final ripening.   Quality in general is outstanding, with dark, sumptuously rich yet freshly balanced wines; Merlot looks even better than Cabernet Franc.  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.
    2015

    Cellar The early growing cycle of Merlot combined with the very warm weather in March and early April put the right bank at considerable frost risk, but this danger was averted.  Early June heat caused some Merlot coulure (shatter) on the right bank, but the overall size of the fruit set mitigated losses.  Hot weather in June and July meant that some Pomerol and Merlot producers did less mid-season leaf-plucking than normal.  The right bank received the best of the August rains (5.5 inches/140 mm in some areas), and this set the scene for a very healthy Merlot and Cabernet Franc crop, with the harvest beginning in the third week in September for Merlot and early October for Cabernet Franc.  Sumptuous, softly textured wines have been made with quality in Pomerol approaching that of a great vintage for the top estates.
    2014 Cellar Both winter and spring were mild, with ample rainfall until March and a dry April.  May, by contrast, was cool and damp up to and including the flowering period. This poor weather negatively influenced the early Merlots.  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 19th).  July was a little cooler than usual, and August decidedly so.  The magnificent conditions in September and October, though, meant that the Merlots could be teased to perfect ripeness – which came precociously for Pomerol (where the harvest began before that of Pessac-Léognan this year). Harvest, however, came much later, well into October, for wines from the cooler soils and higher altitudes of St Emilion.  The conditions suited Cabernet Franc.  The wines have both richness and freshness, even if quality is slightly more mixed on the right bank than on the left.
    2013 Past peak A cold, late spring, with troublesome, extended, late flowering with comprehensive coulure (shatter) and millerandage (shot berries) affecting the Merlot.  A warm and dry July saved the season from catastrophe, but ended with more storms.  St Emilion was particularly badly hit by hail in early August. Late August and September were warm but very humid, causing further severe disease pressure.  Harvest took place at the end of September and early October, and required extensive sorting.  Pomerol is more successful than St Emilion, owing to its well-drained gravels and lower, warmer altitudes, but even there the wines are light and lack their customary fleshiness.  St Emilion is extremely heterogenous.
    2012 Drink/Cellar Challenging season: A wet April disrupted flowering; coulure and mildew reduced the Merlot crop. Late summer was hot and dry. Cabernets and high-sited vineyards struggled to reach maturity. St Emilion inconsistent although the best wines are very good; Pomerol is more consistent.
    2011 Drink/Cellar Difficult & unusual season, early summer, dry. Clay-rich soils fared better, sandy soils worse, due to water stress. Best are balanced, medium-weight & elegant.
    2010 Cellar Ideal, very dry season without heat extremes. Small berries, higher anthocyanin content than 2009/2005. Concentrated, structured wines for long cellaring.
    2009 Cellar Hot, sunny, dry year. Merlot achieves very high sugars exceeding recent exceptional vintages. Rich, velvety, powerful wines, high alcohol in some cases.
    2008 Drink Merlot achieved maturity in general. Supple wines, some highly extracted. Pomerol stands out. A vintage offering value for money among recent years.
    2007 Drink Merlot struggled to ripen, some harvested too early. Low sugar levels, generally less than 2002 & 2004. Clay soils performed best.
    2006 Drink Merlot performed best on clay & limestone soils. Aromatic, tannic wines for long cellaring.
    2005 Cellar Very dry from winter to harvest. Hot without the extremes of 2003 in spring & summer. Right Bank as successful as Left. Concentrated, generous, fleshy wines with ripe tannins.
    2004 Drink Good color, fruit & backbone, but generally lighter wines. Some reveal lack of maturity, over-extraction.
    2003 Drink Heat wave vintage: hot days & nights. Some sites suffered water stress. Powerful, full wines at best, though atypical & controversial. Most ready now & are unlikely to gain with additional bottle aging.
    2002 Drink Irregular flowering affected Merlot which struggled in late season. Lack of complete & uniform ripeness. Triage was needed to remove undesirable fruit.  Very low yields. Diluted wines.
    2001 Drink Gravel soils dealt best with higher rainfall. Good October weather insures ripening. At its best, concentrated, structured wines which have aged well, though initially in shadow of 2000. Vibrating sorting tables make appearance at top estates.
    2000 Drink/Cellar

    Rainless from mid-July to 19 September. Conditions favored colder, water-holding soils; sandy vineyards at disadvantage. Merlot reached very high sugars (well above 1982, 1989). Pomerol is particularly impressive. Healthy, ripe & rich wines with sensual textures.

    Sauternes

    Vintage Quality Drink Comments
    2017 Cellar 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. Others (like Ch Myrat, Ch Coutet and Ch La Tour Blanche) have produced very little, while a fortunate third group (such as Ch Sigalas-Rabaud and Ch Rayne-Vigneau) enjoyed a near-normal harvest. The mixed but generally warm, dry summer was ideal for white grapes maturation, and the rain which came at the end of August perfect for unleashing botrytis (though it also provoked some grey rot). There were three main harvest sweeps, one in September (perfumed and fresh), and two in October (much richer). Quantities were very small, but quality is outstanding: concentrated and dense, but lively and racy, too.
    2016 Cellar The long, dry, warm summer meant ample ripeness but no botrytis by the beginning of September.  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.  The wines aren’t quite as rich as in 2015, but have great finesse, purity and poise, with the balance to endure.
    2015

    Cellar Sauternes’ recent luck held in 2015.  Flowering went well, though the fruit set was modest rather than generous; the vines withstood the midsummer heat well.  The four episodes of autumn rain proved particularly beneficial for Sauternes as this initiated the development of botrytis much earlier than usual. From that point onwards, storms followed by sunny weather provided ideal conditions for slow, regular harvesting between early September and late October.  The wines are rich but poised, with magnificent levels of fruit sweetness and soft but sustained acidity.  They will age well.
    2014 Drink/Cellar The 2014 season was by no means trouble-free in Sauternes. 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.  Attack by Drosophila suzukii flies meant that growers had to ‘clean’ the vineyards in early September. Dry weather throughout the rest of the month held noble rot in check.  Rain on October 9th, though, finally unleashed botrytis, and the Indian summer meant a leisurely harvest of berries in perfect condition via an extensive series of tries.  Attractive wines of both power and freshness have been made.
    2013 Drink/Cellar 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.  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.  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.  The wines are generous and lush, if without quite the concentration of the very greatest vintages.
    2012 Drink Botrytis did not set in until 23 September, then spread slowly & irregularly. Rain ended harvest 1st week of November. Limited volume of successful wines from Barsac & limestone soils, with sugar level similar to 2008. Some leading estates (e.g., Yquem)  produce no grand vin.
    2011 Drink/Cellar Rapid burst of botrytis in September, only seen twice in 40 years (2011/2009).
    2010 Drink/Cellar September & October had alternating rains, mists & hot, dry periods. Varying degrees of noble rot. Finely calibrated, elegant wines offering candied fruit  and perfume without the opulence of 2009.
    2009 Drink/Cellar Ideal & complete onset of botrytis. Exceptionally high sugars: 23% - 25% potential alcohol. Multidimensional, complex wines with pronounced noble rot; enormous richness matched by harmonious structure. One of the greatest modern vintages.
    2008 Drink Slow spread of botrytis required multiple tries. Best display fine sugar-acid balance, others are light.
    2007 Drink/Cellar Alternating humidity & dry heat from mid-September to end of October favored development of noble rot. Aromatic complexity, balance & elegant acidity. Sweet (and dry) whites surpassed reds in 2007.
    2006 Drink Clay soils in Sauternes, limestone in Barsac yielded best wines.Well-defined, aromatic wines combine concentration & balanced acidity. Lower production of liquoreux than 2005.
    2005 Drink/Cellar Very high sugars &  clean, opulent wines with optimal noble rot. A particularly generous harvest of classic, exceptionally rich liquoreux.
    2004 Drink Rain disrupts & limits noble rot. Light, aromatic wines of moderate sweetness.
    2003 Drink High sugar grapes undergo rapid onset of botrytis initiated by early September rains. Accelerated picking with only 2-3 tries. Very full, sweet & rich wines.
    2002 Drink Irregular botrytis infection late in season. Well-balanced wines; the best have prominent noble rot.
    2001 Drink/Cellar Rapid onset of botrytis on ripe grapes, high in sugar. Ideal October: brief rainstorms, elevated temperatures, windy & sun-filled afternoons. Very sweet yet balanced wines with pronounced noble rot & noteworthy complexity. A memorable year & highly uniform success for all liquoreux.
    2000 Drink

    Hot September holds off botrytis; rain in late October spoils most of crop.  Extremely limited appearance of noble rot.

     

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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); Hugel family (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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    The Bordeaux vintage chart covers all the important Bordeaux appellations: Médoc, Graves, Pomerol, St. Emilion and Sauternes. It serves as a great source of information regarding Cabernet-based and Merlot-based reds and which are meant for early drinking vs. cellaring.

    And if you love Gamay and wonder about vintage Beaujolais, we identified vintages meant for early drinking and those best stashed in the cellar, like the Crus of Moulin à Vent & Morgon, to let them “pinote” or become Pinot Noir-like.
     

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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); Hugel family (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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