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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
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Burgundy (Red)
5Past Best 4Past Best 6Past Best 8Past Best 4Past Best 8Past Best 6Past Best 6Past Best 9Drink/Keep 9Drink Now 9Drink Now 7Drink Now 5Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 6Past Best 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 7Drink Now 6Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 5Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 9Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 7Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 8Lay Down  
Rhone (North)
7Past Best 5Past Best 8Past Best 9Drink Now 6Past Best 9Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 4Past Best 8Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 8Drink Now 3Past Best 2Past Best 6Past Best 8Drink Now 6Past Best 7Drink Now 8Drink Now 9Drink Now 8Drink Now 9Drink Now 2Past Best 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 10Lay Down 10Lay Down 8Lay Down 8Lay Down 8Lay Down  
Rhone (South)
6Past Best 5Past Best 8Past Best 8Past Best 5Past Best 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 4Past Best 8Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 4Past Best 3Past Best 4Past Best 7Past Best 8Drink Now 6Past Best 7Drink Now 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 8Drink Now 9Drink Now 3Past Best 8Past Best 8Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 5Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 10Lay Down 6Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 6Lay Down  
Tuscany
                    10Drink Now 5Drink Now 3Past Best 7Drink Now 5Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Past Best 8Drink Now 6Past Best 9Drink Now 6Past Best 9Drink/Keep 4Past Best 6Past Best 9Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down  
Rioja
          8Drink Now 7Drink Now 9Drink Now 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Past Best 8Drink Now 6Past Best 4Past Best 9Drink Now 9Drink Now 8Drink Now 5Drink Now 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 8Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 5Drink Now 6Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 7Lay Down      
Medoc/Graves
5Past Best 7Past Best 10Drink/Keep 7Drink Now 5Past Best 9Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 5Past Best 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 9Drink Now 5Drink Now 1Past Best 5Past Best 5Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 9Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 10Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down 6Lay Down  
St Emilion/Pomerol
5Past Best 7Past Best 10Drink/Keep 7Drink Now 4Past Best 9Drink Now 6Drink Now 4Past Best 7Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 9Drink Now 3Past Best 1Past Best 4Past Best 6Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 5Drink/Keep 5Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 10Lay Down 7Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 9Lay Down 7Lay Down 7Lay Down 6Lay Down  
White Wine
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Burgundy (Cote d'Or)
3Past Best 5Past Best 7Past Best 8Past Best 5Past Best 9Past Best 7Past Best 6Past Best 7Drink Now 10Drink Now 10Drink Now 4Past Best 7Drink Now 6Drink Now 6Drink Now 9Drink Now 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 9Drink Now 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 9Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 7Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 8Lay Down  
Chablis
3Past Best 7Past Best 6Past Best 7Past Best 5Past Best 9Past Best 6Past Best 6Past Best 8Past Best 9Drink Now 10Drink Now 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 8Drink Now 6Past Best 8Drink Now 9Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Drink Now 8Drink Now 6Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 8Lay Down 7Lay Down  
Alsace
2Past Best 8Past Best 7Past Best 9Past Best 5Past Best 8Drink Now 6Drink Now 5Past Best 8Drink Now 9Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 3Drink Now 4Past Best 6Drink Now 5Past Best 8Drink Now 6Drink Now 6Drink Now 9Drink Now 6Drink Now 9Drink Now 8Drink Now 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 9Drink Now 4Drink Now 8Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 9Lay Down 7Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Lay Down  
Sauternes
8Drink Now 5Past Best 7Past Best 9Drink Now 5Past Best 7Drink Now 7Drink Now 5Past Best 10Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 10Drink/Keep 3Drink Now 2Drink Now 3Drink Now 4Past Best 7Drink Now 8Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 5Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 5Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 9Lay Down 6Drink/Keep 8Lay Down  
Germany
3Past Best 5Past Best 4Past Best 8Drink Now 5Past Best 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 5Past Best 8Drink Now 8Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 7Drink Now 8Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Drink Now 6Drink Now 6Past Best 6Past Best 7Past Best 6Drink Now 3Past Best 8Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 7Drink Now 6Drink Now 10Drink/Keep 6Drink Now 9Drink Now 7Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep 7Lay Down 9Drink/Keep 8Drink/Keep 6Lay Down  
Fortified Wine
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Port
7Drink Now   6Drink Now 7Drink/Keep   8Drink/Keep           8Lay Down 8Drink/Keep   9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep   9Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 7Drink/Keep 9Drink/Keep     9Lay Down       9Lay Down   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