Vintage Charts

France

France Bordeaux/Right Bank Reds (Pomerol, St.-Emilion)

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Score
91–94
Drink Window
NYR
Description
Warm, dry growing season, with spring frost hitting low-lying areas of St.-Emilion and satellites particularly hard. Cloudy July kept wines on the fresh, pure side, with good acidity and modest tannins. St.-Emilion atop the limestone plateau is excellent, Pomerols are fleshy and forward
Description
Warm, dry growing season, with spring frost hitting low-lying areas of St.-Emilion and satellites particularly hard. Cloudy July kept wines on the fresh, pure side, with good acidity and modest tannins. St.-Emilion atop the limestone plateau is excellent, Pomerols are fleshy and forward
Vintage
2016
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Same pattern as Left Bank, with rainy start, dry finish. Clay-based soils weathered the dry period best, limestone also strong; young vines and Pomerol's sandy soils the only weak spot, but otherwise a very homogenous vintage
Description
Same pattern as Left Bank, with rainy start, dry finish. Clay-based soils weathered the dry period best, limestone also strong; young vines and Pomerol's sandy soils the only weak spot, but otherwise a very homogenous vintage
Vintage
2015
Score
97
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Extremely warm and dry growing season favored the Right Bank's clay and limestone soils. St.-Emilion the sweet spot; Pomerols are rich and layered. Values abound in Castillon and Fronsac
Description
Extremely warm and dry growing season favored the Right Bank's clay and limestone soils. St.-Emilion the sweet spot; Pomerols are rich and layered. Values abound in Castillon and Fronsac
Vintage
2014
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A good spring was followed by a grey, humid summer, with slightly more rainfall than on the Left Bank. Merlot solid, but wines with Cabernet Franc the sweet spot as well-drained gravel soils were favored over clay
Description
A good spring was followed by a grey, humid summer, with slightly more rainfall than on the Left Bank. Merlot solid, but wines with Cabernet Franc the sweet spot as well-drained gravel soils were favored over clay
Vintage
2013
Score
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Merlot generally soft and forward but prime spots on limestone and gravel handled late rains better. Cabernet Franc also performed well, bolstering Pomerol and St.-Emilion. Generally more consistent than on Left Bank but still for early consumption
Description
Merlot generally soft and forward but prime spots on limestone and gravel handled late rains better. Cabernet Franc also performed well, bolstering Pomerol and St.-Emilion. Generally more consistent than on Left Bank but still for early consumption
Vintage
2012
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Early-ripening Merlot favored in general over Left Bank Cabernet. Clay soils with good water retention kept vines going during August drought, while gravel easily drained off the later rains. Pomerol very solid; St.-Emilion more inconsistent with some wines prone to overextraction
Description
Early-ripening Merlot favored in general over Left Bank Cabernet. Clay soils with good water retention kept vines going during August drought, while gravel easily drained off the later rains. Pomerol very solid; St.-Emilion more inconsistent with some wines prone to overextraction
Vintage
2011
Score
91
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Pomerols generally fresh and ripe; St.-Emilion Cabernet Franc excelled, buttressing the Merlot. Solid vintage that should age nicely, like 2001 and 2004
Description
Pomerols generally fresh and ripe; St.-Emilion Cabernet Franc excelled, buttressing the Merlot. Solid vintage that should age nicely, like 2001 and 2004
Vintage
2010
Score
98
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Dry but not warm season led to powerful wines. Merlot sports slightly higher alcohols; Cabernet Franc excelled. Pomerol and St.-Emilion superb; terrific values through Castillon and Fronsac
Description
Dry but not warm season led to powerful wines. Merlot sports slightly higher alcohols; Cabernet Franc excelled. Pomerol and St.-Emilion superb; terrific values through Castillon and Fronsac
Vintage
2009
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Rich and powerful, yet round and friendly, with velvety texture and loads of fruit. Pomerol excelled with St.-Emilion more variable. Don't overlook Fronsac and Castillon
Description
Rich and powerful, yet round and friendly, with velvety texture and loads of fruit. Pomerol excelled with St.-Emilion more variable. Don't overlook Fronsac and Castillon
Vintage
2008
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
After a difficult growing season, late September weather allowed early-ripening Merlot to catch up. Right Bank wines fleshier than Left Bank
Description
After a difficult growing season, late September weather allowed early-ripening Merlot to catch up. Right Bank wines fleshier than Left Bank
Vintage
2007
Score
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Aromatic and lightly fruity, with fine tannins. Some wines overextracted
Description
Aromatic and lightly fruity, with fine tannins. Some wines overextracted
Vintage
2006
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Top vineyards made balanced reds; others slightly austere
Description
Top vineyards made balanced reds; others slightly austere
Vintage
2005
Score
97
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Opulent and powerful, with solid backbones of tannins and acidity. Amazing Pomerols
Description
Opulent and powerful, with solid backbones of tannins and acidity. Amazing Pomerols
Vintage
2004
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Mostly balanced, firm and delicate; some Cabernet Franc-based wines excellent
Description
Mostly balanced, firm and delicate; some Cabernet Franc-based wines excellent
Vintage
2003
Score
94
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Extremely ripe and rich; some wines too jammy
Description
Extremely ripe and rich; some wines too jammy
Vintage
2002
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Balanced and fruity, but lacking some tannin backbone
Description
Balanced and fruity, but lacking some tannin backbone
Vintage
2001
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Very good quality; ripe tannins, refined style
Description
Very good quality; ripe tannins, refined style
Vintage
2000
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Rich, powerful and structured, yet harmonious. Wines starting to open up now
Description
Rich, powerful and structured, yet harmonious. Wines starting to open up now
Vintage
1999
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Aromatic and delicate; for early drinking
Description
Aromatic and delicate; for early drinking
Vintage
1998
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Muscular and rich; much better than Left Bank
Description
Muscular and rich; much better than Left Bank
Vintage
1997
Score
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Soft and friendly wines; fresh style
Description
Soft and friendly wines; fresh style
Vintage
1996
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Medium-bodied wines; slightly diluted
Description
Medium-bodied wines; slightly diluted
Vintage
1995
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Harmonious yet structured; lovely fruit
Description
Harmonious yet structured; lovely fruit

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