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France

France Burgundy/Older Vintage Reds

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Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
1994
Score
81
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Drink
Description
Uneven quality; tough and rustic
Description
Uneven quality; tough and rustic
Vintage
1993
Score
91
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Drink or hold
Description
Top domaines made exuberant, racy, balanced wines
Description
Top domaines made exuberant, racy, balanced wines
Vintage
1992
Score
79
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Past peak
Description
Diluted and light
Description
Diluted and light
Vintage
1991
Score
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Uneven quality
Description
Uneven quality
Vintage
1990
Score
98
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Drink
Description
Classic balance, formidable fruit and ripe tannins
Description
Classic balance, formidable fruit and ripe tannins
Vintage
1989
Score
93
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Drink
Description
Seductive and harmonious; softer in structure
Description
Seductive and harmonious; softer in structure
Vintage
1988
Score
90
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Drink
Description
Muscular and firm, with high acidity; some improving, others losing fruit
Description
Muscular and firm, with high acidity; some improving, others losing fruit
Vintage
1987
Score
85
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Lovely and supple
Description
Lovely and supple
Vintage
1986
Score
79
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Lean and drying
Description
Lean and drying
Vintage
1985
Score
95
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Drink
Description
Ripe, supple and soft; many peaking now
Description
Ripe, supple and soft; many peaking now
Vintage
1984
Score
74
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Past peak
Description
Thin, watery wines
Description
Thin, watery wines
Vintage
1983
Score
79
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Past peak
Description
A few gems escaped widespread rot
Description
A few gems escaped widespread rot
Vintage
1982
Score
78
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Past peak
Description
Huge crop; some good, but many disappointing
Description
Huge crop; some good, but many disappointing
Vintage
1981
Score
74
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Light and thin
Description
Light and thin
Vintage
1980
Score
79
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Past peak
Description
Modest
Description
Modest
Vintage
1978
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Best wines have richness and finesse; mature
Description
Best wines have richness and finesse; mature
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