Decanter has published its ratings and tasting notes for the 'exceptional' Bordeaux vintage. In an vintage that has seen unprecedented alcohol levels, questions of over-ripeness and debate over consistency across the communes, we detail the best wines from a vintage Steven Spurrier described as "the best of his lifetime. Welcome to decanter.
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With due apologies for my part in it, you are probably surrounded by an avalanche of notes for the recently bottled Bordeaux wines right now from merchants, journalists, bloggers and producers. With this in mind, I thought it might be useful to compare — in style but also in market enthusiasm — with the other top quality recent vintages that are competing for your attention and spend. These other vintages are, I think we can agree, and
Back to French Vintage Chart. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from 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 vintage. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to
Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.
Frost is the major headline for Bordeaux inresulting in the lowest yield in over 25 years across the region. What was left of the crop had very mixed fortunes. Even though some very good wines were made, and quantities were limited, this is a vintage that failed to sell well en primeur.
After two weeks in Bordeaux tasting more than 1, wines from the vintage, visiting 67 chateaux and talking to hundreds of vintners and winemakers, I can tell you that is an exceptional year for Bordeaux wines. It is a unique vintage for Bordeaux not only because of its hellish grape growing season but because it created wonderful wines with a beautiful depth of ripe fruit and polished, strong tannins. These wines have an impressive underlying freshness despite one of the warmest and driest late summers and harvests on record.
Wine Chronicles. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles. Once in bottle, I can be more certain of what the wine is as a final product, hence the stress on approximate hyphenated scores. For those estates that I grade lower, take heart that we all make mistakes.
But if you were only allowed to choose five, then the vintages on this list would be part of the conversation. When it comes to Bordeaux, buying the vintage is often seen as a significant consideration. Bordeaux has a temperate oceanic climate, with cool winters thanks to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the cooling effect of the westerly winds.
I tasted the newest vintage in bottle from Bordeaux with JamesSuckling. We were impressed with the freshness and structure of the reds and whites produced in as well as their purity and transparency. And they seem much less manipulated than some Bordeaux from the first decade of this century when some producers were making more marketing-driven wines.