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Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
200789DrinkDue to the challenging growing season few houses declared this vintage; top producers offer fresh, accessible versions
200694Drink or holdWell-structured wines of intensity, but the best offer finesse and integration even in youth; great potential ageability
200590Drink or holdOpen-knit and approachable versions capable of short-term cellaring; Chardonnay fared best
200492Drink or holdAn abundant harvest; sleek and vibrant in style, particularly for Chardonnay
200388Drink or holdFew houses declared this torrid vintage, with little Chardonnay due to April frosts; the best can be sumptuous, but some inconsistency
200294Drink or holdThe best year since 1996, with complexity and richness backed by firm, lively structures; the finest will repay cellaring
200089Drink or holdThe top examples are balanced, with vibrant structures and finesse; medium- to full-bodied
199989Drink or holdRipe, healthy grapes made generous wines; round and fresh despite low acidity
199891Drink or holdRich, elegant wines, with good balance and intensity
199787DrinkLean and firm; the best are balanced, but some are tart
199696Drink or holdRipe and intense; firmly structured and potentially long-lived
199594Drink or holdRich, generous and balanced; particularly successful for Chardonnay
199482Past peakLean, angular wines; not a vintage year for most
199387DrinkBright and lively, especially blanc de blancs
199284DrinkSoft and mature in style
199179Past peakFew vintage bottlings
199097Drink or holdBig, powerful and full-flavored
198990DrinkExtremely ripe and generous
198895DrinkOutstanding; beautifully balanced
198781Past peakFew vintage bottlings
198686Past peakVery good quality; lean in style
198596DrinkSuperb balance; great structure and flavor
198479Past peakLarge harvest
198383Past peakGood, pleasant Champagnes
198294DrinkRich, complex, with abundant flavor
197991DrinkClassy and elegant; aging well
197688DrinkA ripe, opulent year
197592DrinkBold but balanced wines
Notable older vintages: 1973, 1971, 1964, 1961, 1959, 1953, 1949

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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