The red wines are generous, vital and richly constituted, with ample tannins and fresh acidity, too; they will age very well. 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. The best wines should age for many years and will require patience. Clay soils in Sauternes, limestone in Barsac yielded best wines.Well-defined, aromatic wines combine concentration & balanced acidity. 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. That said, en primeur tastings showed there is a lot of pleasure in this vintage if you know where to look. Some properties picked before full maturity; sorting essential to remove unripe berries. The best vintages of Château Latour are among the longest-lived wines in the world. Quantities were very small, but quality is outstanding: concentrated and dense, but lively and racy, too. Aromatic, concentrated whites. Need to eliminate the superscript here. 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. An in-depth report on how the growing season affected the wines and gives her insight on the style of the new vintage. Bordeaux 2010 is a powerful vintage with high tannin and acidity, although alcohols were considered controversially high in some cases. Summary: The ripe middle vintage of what would become a holy trinity – 2005, 2009 and 2010. Aromatic complexity, balance & elegant acidity. The vintage was widely acclaimed at the time of release, especially in the United States, where Robert Parker wrote of ‘a phenomenal vintage that might turn out to be one of the greatest vintages that Bordeaux has ever produced’. 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. March and early April were cool, delaying budbreak and flowering, and there was hail in both late May and in July in the southern Médoc; flowering itself, though, took place in fine conditions in the first part of June. 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. Rapid onset of botrytis on ripe grapes, high in sugar. Pomerol stands out. 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. Which Wine goes well with food, dish, meal, recipe ? Irregular botrytis infection late in season. Click on the vintage years below to see full reports, including more in-depth weather information, en primeur verdicts and quality assessments. See also: Where do winemakers place 2014 on the vintage rankings? Jane Anson. The inevitable frost risk was generally averted by further warmth in April. After a wet winter, St Emilion and Pomerol endured copious rain during spring and early summer leading to intense fungal-disease pressure. Balanced & poised whites with expressive fruit qualities. On the Right Bank, Pomerol was judged one of the most successful appellations at en primeur, while St-Emilion struggled with September rains. Jane Anson’s en primeur ratings and a full vintage report will be available to Premium subscribers in April 2019. For a quick overview of the recent vintages in the Southern wine regions of France, please use the vintage chart below. Irregular reds, at best elegant, lighter weight with lower alcohol for mid-term cellaring. A cool and damp May led to an extended flowering period, but early June heat confirmed the advanced cycle. BORDEAUX VINTAGE VS. BORDEAUX TERROIR WITH DEWEY MARKHAM, JR. CRU BOURGEOIS BORDEAUX WITH TRACY ELLEN KAMENS, JEFFREY DAVIES ON BORDEAUX (PART2) - THE INSIDE SCOOP, JEFFREY DAVIES ON BORDEAUX (PART 1) - TECHNOLOGY VS TECHNIQUE, Wine Trends in 2020: Bordeaux by the Numbers, WSG Live: Andrew Jefford Hosts Christian Moueix, Meeting of the Minds - Trends in Bordeaux (Panel Discussion). Vibrating sorting tables make appearance at top estates. Find ratings for recent vintages in France, summing up the quality and character in Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and the Rhône Valley. It is important to note that individual producers may still make outstanding wines even from difficult vintages, as quality is also dependent on key decisions made in the vineyard and winery preceding and during vintage. Diluted wines. And to that end, our Bordeaux 2019 Primeurs (futures) content thus far includes an in-depth 6,000-word article “France, Bordeaux: 2019 En Primeur Report – The Miracle Vintage” by Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, our Bordeaux reviewer and editor-in-chief, published in the June 2020 Week 3 issue. We work for our readers. Pomerol is particularly impressive. Cabernet Sauvignon performed well. Full, flavorful, balanced whites equal to reds: an uncommon result. Look out for Pomerol and St-Emilion estates with high levels of Cabernet Franc, which did comparatively well. A vintage offering value for money among recent years. Clay soils performed best. Overall, this vintage sits broadly between the greats of 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the lesser years of 2007 and 2006. Classic reds with color and structure. Best display fine sugar-acid balance, others are light. 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. Lower yields. Hot September holds off botrytis; rain in late October spoils most of crop. 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. Varying degrees of noble rot. However, a re-tasting of top châteaux in 2017 revealed many classic clarets on the Left Bank that were drinking well at the time. May, by contrast, was cool and damp up to and including the flowering period. December 29th, 2008 By Loren Sonkin ... Vintage Charts should be used for a generalized guide in lieu of specific knowledge about a bottle or producer. Clay-rich soils fared better, sandy soils worse, due to water stress. Well-balanced wines; the best have prominent noble rot. No doubt at all that the Pessac-Léognan and Margaux appellations produced some spectacular wines, but for consistency of achievement you have to go to St-Emilion and Pomerol. Merlot struggled to ripen, some harvested too early. The wines are soft and attractive, fresh without greenness, and will make attractive short to mid-term drinking. Rich, fat whites, some acidified, not for long keeping. Higher sugars in Cabernets than 2009/2005. View Scores Where do winemakers place 2014 on the vintage rankings? Release prices led to criticism from merchants at the time. Atypical season, near record for driest, hottest April/May, scorched berries in June, water stress. Whites possess attractive fruit & fresh acidity. The wines are rich but poised, with generous levels of fruit sweetness and soft but sustained acidity. Each vintage, from every region of the world, has a personality all it's own, and navigating these can be both a somewhat daunting and deeply illuminating process. By . Merlot performed best on clay & limestone soils. Plus, recommendations for when to drink the wines at their best. James Lawther, 2015 (en primeur). There are classic, well-structured wines if you know where to look, but also significant variations between estates and much depended on soil type and positioning. Click here to see the latest, updated edition of our wine vintage chart for 2020. Exceptionally high sugars: 23% - 25% potential alcohol. Little sorting was required. Jane Anson awarded four 100-point scores after re-tasting 67 of the top estates. Inevitably, some critics were pleasantly surprised with the results and rigorous selection at top estates – presumably at significant extra cost – led to several successes, said primeur tasters Steven Spurrier, James Lawther MW and Jeannie Cho Lee MW. Drink/Cellar white wines; Cellar red wines. This poor weather negatively influenced the early Merlots. Back vintages of comparable quality at similar or lower prices, already physical and easily available, confused the scene and challenged the assumption that En Primeur is the best time to buy. The three summer months, by contrast, were hot and sunny; indeed Pomerol experienced its sunniest September on record while temperatures in St Emilion were a full 1.5°C above long-term averages throughout August, September and October. There is no systematic left bank/right bank differentiation in this vintage, though differences between individual properties can be marked. April and May were chaotic, but the weather during flowering in early June turned propitious. Very low yields. Lower production of liquoreux than 2005. The whites were picked from the beginning of September. There was a record start to flowering, after hot conditions early in the year, yet a cool, rainy summer, with better-but-patchy weather in the autumn, hindered ripening for both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Rainless from mid-July to 19 September. St Emilion inconsistent although the best wines are very good; Pomerol is more consistent. Merlots began to be picked in early October, and the Cabernets in mid-October. Healthy, ripe & rich wines with sensual textures. The long, dry, warm summer meant ample ripeness but no botrytis by the beginning of September. 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). Limestone in St Emilion helped to regulate water levels in the soil, while the same was true of clay and gravel in Pomerol. VINTAGES P opping open a bottle of wine shouldn’t be a shot in the dark. Summary: Bordeaux 2017 was marked by devastating frosts early in the growing season. Merlot achieved maturity in general. Vintage summaries compiled by Chris Mercer. Fortunately, four separate storms in August brought the vines some relief, and an early white-wine harvest began on August 24, After a warm and unusually wet winter, spring began with very mild March temperatures, and budburst was two weeks ahead of average. A year offering an exemplary price-value relationship for the Crus Classés. Late summer was hot and dry. Summary: An excellent red wine vintage on both banks, helped on by a dry and sunny August, September and October with cool nights; conditions that enabled estates to pick grapes at optimal ripeness. Wines generally forward and fruit-driven. Mildew pressure, however, was intense and unremitting due to saturated soils and high levels of humidity. Accelerated picking with only 2-3 tries. More detailed vintage charts, including details on the growing seasons, harvest conditions style and character of the wines are avaiable for Beaujolais, Rhône, Provence Languedoc-Roussillon, Bordeaux and Sauternes.. You can read about the growing season … Colder September produces classic, firm reds with some variability in maturity of Cabernet Sauvignon. As throughout the region, treacherously mild February, March and early April temperatures preceded savage frosts in late April. Rating: 2.5/5 Left Bank | 2.5/5 Right Bank. Difficult & unusual season, early summer, dry. A cool and wet summer meant that some estates struggled for ripeness. I can’t figure out how to do it.) These vintage notes have been prepared by Andrew Jefford, Academic Advisor to the Wine Scholar Guild. Attack by. Deeply colored, fully mature, firmly structured reds requiring long cellaring: a modern classic.Concentrated whites with elevated acidity. After sampling 125 wines, Bloomberg’s wine columnist has everything you need to know about this exciting year. Light, aromatic wines of moderate sweetness. Hot, sunny, dry year. The best Médoc red wines since 2010 as a general rule, although several estates also produced excellent 2015s, especially in Margaux and southern parts of Médoc and Left Bank in general. The maritime climate on the 45th parallel provides for temperate winters and long, warm summers, perfect conditions for growing grapes suited to the production of classically-constructed, long-lasting wines. High sun hours & temperatures in spring & summer. There is plenty of classicism to be found among the St-Julien 2017 wines... Châteaux closer to the river had a natural advantage, says Jane Anson... 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