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Vintage Charts

Bordeaux/Vintage Reds Pre-1995
All Regions
Vintage Grid Back to 1961
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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
199485DrinkMedium-bodied, with good fruit and firm tannins
199382Past peakGood color, perfumy, fruity and balanced
199272Past peakLight, simple and often diluted; early maturing
199172Past peakLean, tough and light; stick to top names
199097DrinkOpulent, well-structured and harmonious
198998DrinkBold, dramatic fruit character; tannic and long-aging
198893DrinkRacy, fruity wines, with firm tannins and typical structure; best in Pessac-Léognan, Pomerol and Pauillac
198776Past peakDelicate, ripe yet diluted
198695DrinkPowerful, intense and tannic; best in Médoc
198593DrinkBalanced, supple and fruity; defines finesse
198470Past peakUnripe, astringent and dry
198386DrinkRich and ripe in fruit and tannins; some overly tannic
198295DrinkIntense ripe fruit and generous in style; plenty of round tannins. St.-Julien and St.-Emilion stand out
198182Past peakElegant, balanced and charming
198078Past peakLight
197983DrinkSupple, fruity and delicate
197887DrinkStructured, fleshy and complex
197760Past peakPoor, unripe and acidic
197680Past peakFat, ripe and lacking structure
197585DrinkHard, tannic. Right Bank ripe, rich
197458Past peakUnripe and diluted
197368Past peakLight, diluted
197260Past peakAcidic, light wines; not very interesting
197183DrinkLarge crop; uneven quality. Right Bank very good
197091DrinkExcellent all-around vintage; structured, lots of fruit
196689DrinkTypical but hard wines
196480DrinkUneven quality; best in Pomerol and St.-Emilion
196288DrinkHarmonious wines
196199DrinkBest since 1945; great concentration and structure
195997DrinkExcellent overall; ripe and rich
195588DrinkSolid, firm and fruity; best still alive
195392DrinkSeductive, opulent and long
195289DrinkRight Bank exceptional, others slightly hard
195088DrinkOpulent Right Bank year; Left Bank past peak
194995DrinkHarmonious, elegant, rich and alive
194889DrinkTannic, structured and rustic
194794DrinkExtravagant, ripe and round, slightly inconsistent
194598DrinkMassive, powerful. Benchmark
192996DrinkBalanced, fruity and structured
192894DrinkHot, ripe and rich; best still alive
190097DrinkLegendary. Harmonious and fruity

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.


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