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Vintage Charts

Bordeaux/Left Bank Reds (Médoc, Pessac-Léognan)
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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201491-94NYRA good spring was followed by a gray, humid summer, but dry weather and a long harvest period saved the vintage. Best in the upper Médoc with Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc relishing the late harvest; less dynamic in Margaux and Pessac
201384DrinkCool start and wet finish; saved by warm, dry July and August. But disease pressure was very high and harvest on the early side. Reds are light and sometimes angular; Margaux least successful of Left Bank AOCs
201288Drink or holdCool, wet start led to uneven crop set and disease pressure, and dry, hot August resulted in some blocked ripening; harvest window was short before October rains. Some Cabernets show taut tannins; Pessac and Margaux stronger than upper Médoc
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
200099Drink 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.


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