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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Extreme weather, with a hot summer, followed by lower temperatures; tricky for Merlot, but excellent Cabernet Franc
Description
Extreme weather, with a hot summer, followed by lower temperatures; tricky for Merlot, but excellent Cabernet Franc
Vintage
2015
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe and opulent, with plenty of fruit and flesh covering the solid structure; best show fine balance for aging
Description
Ripe and opulent, with plenty of fruit and flesh covering the solid structure; best show fine balance for aging
Vintage
2014
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Cool, wet summer led to a lighter style of wines, with vibrant structure. Top wines offer ripeness and complexity
Description
Cool, wet summer led to a lighter style of wines, with vibrant structure. Top wines offer ripeness and complexity
Vintage
2013
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A cool vintage, with fresh, aromatic, elegant wines of refinement
Description
A cool vintage, with fresh, aromatic, elegant wines of refinement
Vintage
2012
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Hot, dry year, with smaller-than-average yields; wines are dense and compact, yet fresh
Description
Hot, dry year, with smaller-than-average yields; wines are dense and compact, yet fresh
Vintage
2011
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe, fruity wines, with a mix of power, density and flesh
Description
Ripe, fruity wines, with a mix of power, density and flesh
Vintage
2010
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Cool year, with a late harvest; elegant wines, with refined tannins at best, but inconsistent
Description
Cool year, with a late harvest; elegant wines, with refined tannins at best, but inconsistent
Vintage
2009
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe, fruity wines, with a mix of elegance and muscle
Description
Ripe, fruity wines, with a mix of elegance and muscle
Vintage
2008
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Round, fruity and well-structured, with fine aromas and vibrant profiles; some wines slightly hollow
Description
Round, fruity and well-structured, with fine aromas and vibrant profiles; some wines slightly hollow
Vintage
2007
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Fresh, fruity and racy; firmer and more tannic than 2006
Description
Fresh, fruity and racy; firmer and more tannic than 2006
Vintage
2006
Score
96
Drink Window
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Description
Perfumed and rich, yet balanced and refined. A vintage with wonderful harmony
Description
Perfumed and rich, yet balanced and refined. A vintage with wonderful harmony
Vintage
2005
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe and balanced, with plenty of fruit and tannins
Description
Ripe and balanced, with plenty of fruit and tannins
Vintage
2004
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Harmonious and elegant, with racy tannins and fresh fruit
Description
Harmonious and elegant, with racy tannins and fresh fruit
Vintage
2003
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Jammy; some unbalanced; a few great wines
Description
Jammy; some unbalanced; a few great wines
Vintage
2002
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Despite rain, some good fruit and tannins
Description
Despite rain, some good fruit and tannins
Vintage
2001
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rich and powerful, yet fresh and balanced
Description
Rich and powerful, yet fresh and balanced
Vintage
2000
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Maritime influence helped make balanced reds
Description
Maritime influence helped make balanced reds
Vintage
1999
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Sleek and racy reds; excellent Cabernets
Description
Sleek and racy reds; excellent Cabernets
Vintage
1998
Score
98
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Opulent, exotic reds from an earlier harvest
Description
Opulent, exotic reds from an earlier harvest
Vintage
1997
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Fantastic growing season; rich, structured reds
Description
Fantastic growing season; rich, structured reds
Vintage
1996
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Balanced and fruity reds; cool style
Description
Balanced and fruity reds; cool style
Vintage
1995
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Some rain, but ripe and fruity reds
Description
Some rain, but ripe and fruity reds


Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

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

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