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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201493-96NYRAfter a dry, cool growing season, initial harvests brought in fresh, racy fruit. Botrytis was spurred after a long Indian summer, allowing for successive pickings of more tropical-styled, botrytis-affected fruit; the combination should make for a special vintage
201390-93NYRBotrytis spread quickly, and grapes achieved concentration. Both Sauternes and Barsac excellent; a cross between the racy 2011 and flattering 2007, with a bit less zip
201286Drink or holdBotrytis formed, but grapes couldn't get concentration. Best Sauternes are friendly, but loosely knit and lack depth; some top châteaus did not make a grand vin. Barsac fared better
201197HoldBotrytis arrived early and spread quickly; a cool second half of season allowed grapes to retain acidity. Wines are racy, detailed, pure and driven
201093HoldBotrytis arrived late and quickly. Wines are clean, round and dense, though not as complex as '09 or '01
200996HoldTerrific companion vintage to the reds, with ripe, powerful botrytis character; easily the best since '01
200890Drink or holdMarked by tangy acidity; not broadly ripe, but some are showy enough
200792HoldLots of botrytis led to a rich, tropical fruit and raisined-style vintage with rounded, hedonistic wines
200691Drink or holdNot as dense as top years, but fresh, vibrant wines with lively acidity
200593HoldOpulent and structured, with underlying finesse
200489Drink or holdHarmonious, aromatic and spicy; for early drinking
200395Drink or holdExotic, ripe and spicy; good botrytis
200287DrinkSmall crop; clean and spicy, with good fruit
200197Drink or holdMagnificently rich and structured, yet balanced
200087Drink or holdMost of the crop was rained on; only small quantities of good wine
199990Drink or holdCreamy, rich and spicy
199888DrinkElegant, refined and delicious
199792Drink or holdBalanced, racy and structured; classy
199689Drink or holdSpicy, rich and round; generous style
199587Drink Sweet and balanced; uneven quality
199272DrinkLight, straightforward, diluted and medium sweet
199177DrinkModerately sweet, attractive apertif wines
199097DrinkHarmonious, rich and racy
198998DrinkLoads of botryitis; opulent and structured
198893DrinkElegant and refined
198779DrinkClean and appealing, with little botrytis
198690DrinkCharming, lively and fresh; spicy and sweet
198579DrinkLittle botrytis character; clean and sweet
198468DrinkA wet, difficult harvest; a few good wines
198395Drink Intense, complex and rich
198277Drink Mostly fat, alcoholic and sweet
198183DrinkMedium richness; finely balanced wines
198082DrinkGood year; balanced, lightly botrytized wines
197693DrinkExotic, thick and powerful
197594DrinkHarmonious, lively, spicy and sweet
197191DrinkSupple, refined and long
196797DrinkClassic; long-lived, everything is there
195998DrinkConcentrated, lots of botrytis

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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