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Bordeaux/Left Bank Reds (Médoc, Pessac-Léognan)
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201592-95NYRExtremely dry season saved by rain at veraison led to an even crop of ripe and lush reds. Later rains hampered some parts of the upper Médoc, but Margaux and Pessac superb
201491-94NYRA good spring was followed by a gray, humid summer, but dry weather and a long harvest period through September and October saved the vintage. Best in the upper Médoc with Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, along with Petit Verdot, relishing the late harvest; less dynamic in Margaux and Pessac
201384DrinkCool start and very wet finish saved by warm, dry July and August. Disease pressure was very high and harvest on the early side. Reds are light and easy; Margaux least successful of Left Bank AOCs
201288Drink or holdCool and wet early led to uneven crop set and disease pressure, while dry, hot August resulted in some blocked ripening; September rains helped, but harvest window was short before October rains arrived, leaving some Cabernets marked by taut tannins; Pessac and Margaux favored over upper Médoc; more inconsistent overall than Right Bank
201191HoldDry and hot early, then cool and wet late. Yields down due to small berries. Fresh fruit and bright acidity are prominent; tannins are strident but ripe, with lower alcohols
201099HoldRipe and powerful, with racy tannins and acidity for balance. More structure-driven than the opulent 2009, with better definition of fruit; should be very long-lived
200997Drink or holdLush, rich and beautifully polished reds. Top Médoc estates made glorious wines; Pessac also excelled
200887Drink or holdDamp, gray growing season led to disease pressure; Indian summer in September saved the vintage. Wines are fresh rather than dense, with sometimes crisp acidity
200785DrinkInconsistent; look to top names for delicacy and balance
200690Drink or holdBest are solid, tannic and racy; others slightly hollow
200598HoldFabulous aromas and great length; wines with depth, structure and finesse
200489Drink or holdOverlooked vintage with round, supple tannins and charming fruit
200395HoldExotic and powerful, with big, velvety tannins
200286DrinkCool-style clarets, with firm tannins; stick to top names
200190DrinkSleeper vintage; balanced, fruity and structured
200095Drink or holdRacy tannins and very delineated reds now hitting their stride
199987Drink or holdFruity and balanced; some wines slightly green
199888Drink or holdVery good quality despite rain at harvest
199785DrinkTropical August; light and pleasant wines
199691Drink or holdWet August, yet Cabernets still excellent; firm
199596Drink or holdHarmonious, rich and structured; long-lived

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, 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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR


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