Vintage Charts

France

France Burgundy/Côtes de Beaune Reds

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Score
94
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Description
The best are better than 2015, but tiny yields where frost hit; elegant and expressive, vibrant and juicy
Description
The best are better than 2015, but tiny yields where frost hit; elegant and expressive, vibrant and juicy
Vintage
2015
Score
95
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Description
Ripe and fleshy, with some assertive tannins in the wines from areas where hail struck the previous three vintages
Description
Ripe and fleshy, with some assertive tannins in the wines from areas where hail struck the previous three vintages
Vintage
2014
Score
93
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Description
Third consecutive year of hail resulted in low yields, yet the best are complex, juicy and ageable
Description
Third consecutive year of hail resulted in low yields, yet the best are complex, juicy and ageable
Vintage
2013
Score
89
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Description
A more challenging harvest due to hail, with tiny yields in the affected areas and some wines with dry tannins
Description
A more challenging harvest due to hail, with tiny yields in the affected areas and some wines with dry tannins
Vintage
2012
Score
92
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Description
Less consistency than Côte de Nuits due to hail, resulting in less harmony and finesse overall, with some surprises
Description
Less consistency than Côte de Nuits due to hail, resulting in less harmony and finesse overall, with some surprises
Vintage
2011
Score
90
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Description
Open and charming wines, full of pure aromas and flavors of red fruits and spice
Description
Open and charming wines, full of pure aromas and flavors of red fruits and spice
Vintage
2010
Score
91
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Description
Fruity, ripe and vibrant; more rain than Côte de Nuits, so quality is less consistent
Description
Fruity, ripe and vibrant; more rain than Côte de Nuits, so quality is less consistent
Vintage
2009
Score
93
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Description
Charming and fluid, with ripe, pure fruit; some wines soft, overripe for early drinking
Description
Charming and fluid, with ripe, pure fruit; some wines soft, overripe for early drinking
Vintage
2008
Score
89
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Description
Late harvest and small crop due to dehydration, botrytis; pure, vibrant reds at best, but inconsistent
Description
Late harvest and small crop due to dehydration, botrytis; pure, vibrant reds at best, but inconsistent
Vintage
2007
Score
88
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Description
Good ripeness and structure, especially in Beaune, Pommard and Volnay; some lack balance and depth
Description
Good ripeness and structure, especially in Beaune, Pommard and Volnay; some lack balance and depth
Vintage
2006
Score
88
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Description
Less density and fleshy textures than the Côte de Nuits, but vibrant and elegant
Description
Less density and fleshy textures than the Côte de Nuits, but vibrant and elegant
Vintage
2005
Score
95
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Description
Beautifully balanced, with vibrant structures; rich in fruit and tannins. The top wines will age well
Description
Beautifully balanced, with vibrant structures; rich in fruit and tannins. The top wines will age well
Vintage
2004
Score
85
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Description
Hail and oidium were major problems, but meticulous sorting yielded some fine, structured wines
Description
Hail and oidium were major problems, but meticulous sorting yielded some fine, structured wines
Vintage
2003
Score
90
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Description
Exotic, ripe and rich; some wines very high in alcohol
Description
Exotic, ripe and rich; some wines very high in alcohol
Vintage
2002
Score
92
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Description
Balanced and fruity; slightly less ripe than Côte de Nuits in some cases
Description
Balanced and fruity; slightly less ripe than Côte de Nuits in some cases
Vintage
2001
Score
84
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Description
Good, but uneven due to rain and hail; stick to top producers
Description
Good, but uneven due to rain and hail; stick to top producers
Vintage
2000
Score
81
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Description
Uneven; rain resulted in light, soft reds
Description
Uneven; rain resulted in light, soft reds
Vintage
1999
Score
90
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Description
One of Côte de Beaune's best vintages; ripe, succulent reds
Description
One of Côte de Beaune's best vintages; ripe, succulent reds
Vintage
1998
Score
83
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Description
Uneven due to frost, hail and rot; stick to top domaines
Description
Uneven due to frost, hail and rot; stick to top domaines
Vintage
1997
Score
83
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Description
Soft, round wines for early consumption; low in natural acidity
Description
Soft, round wines for early consumption; low in natural acidity
Vintage
1996
Score
88
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Description
Ripe, fresh, harmonious reds with vibrant structures; large crop produced some diluted wines
Description
Ripe, fresh, harmonious reds with vibrant structures; large crop produced some diluted wines
Vintage
1995
Score
83
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Description
Many weak wines due to rain and rot; the best are solid, tannic
Description
Many weak wines due to rain and rot; the best are solid, tannic
Notable older vintages: 1971, 1966, 1964, 1959, 1953, 1949

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