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Vintage Chart

Vintage Chart

Vintage charts are broad-brush generalisations, based on weather conditions leading up to, and during the harvest. They should be considered in context. Gifted growers often make excellent wine in lesser vintages, just as, in outstanding years, mediocrity can prove a stronger force even than Mother Nature. Impressive longevity is all very well, but we also need something to drink in the shorter term, while we await the sleeping giants. In the enjoyment of wine, there is a place for everything, and a chart such as the one below is merely a start to putting everything in its place.

This chart is only relevant for wines of a quality that will improve with age.

  
Red Wine
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Burgundy (Red)
5Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 9Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 9Lay Down  
Rhone (North)
7Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Lay Down 10Lay Down 10Lay Down 8Lay Down 8Lay Down  
Rhone (South)
8Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 5Drink/Keep 8Lay Down 10Lay Down 6Lay Down 9Lay Down  
Tuscany
9Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down  
Rioja
9Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 8Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down    
Medoc/Graves
7Drink/Keep 10Lay Down 7Lay Down 6Drink/Keep 6Lay Down 9Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down  
St Emilion/Pomerol
7Drink/Keep 10Lay Down 7Lay Down 6Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 9Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down  
White Wine
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Burgundy (Cote d'Or)
8Drink Now 9Drink Now 7Drink Now 8Lay Down 9Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 9Lay Down  
Chablis
7Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 8Lay Down  
Alsace
7Drink Now 9Drink Now 4Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep  
Sauternes
6Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 8Lay Down 5Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 9Lay Down 6Drink/Keep  
Germany
6Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 9Lay Down 8Drink/Keep  
Fortified Wine
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Port
      9Lay Down       10Lay Down    

Key To Symbols


Drink now = Drink now
Wines to lay down = Wines to lay down
May be drunk now, the best will keep = May be drunk now, the best will keep
Wines that are past their best = Wines that are past their best
1 = Very Poor
2 = Poor
3 = Unexciting
4 = Sound
5 = Average
6 = Good, with variability
7 = Mostly good
8 = Good all round
9 = Very good
10 = Outstanding
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