Vintage Charts

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2009
Score
91-94
Drink Window
NYR
Description
A warm season yielded balanced, generous wines; approachable, with good overall quality
Description
A warm season yielded balanced, generous wines; approachable, with good overall quality
Vintage
2008
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Vivid, well-structured wines in a classic style, with fine textural finesse; potentially long-lived
Description
Vivid, well-structured wines in a classic style, with fine textural finesse; potentially long-lived
Vintage
2007
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Due to the challenging growing season few houses declared this vintage; top producers offer fresh, accessible versions
Description
Due to the challenging growing season few houses declared this vintage; top producers offer fresh, accessible versions
Vintage
2006
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Well-structured and generous; the best offer fine integration and expression
Description
Well-structured and generous; the best offer fine integration and expression
Vintage
2005
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Open-knit and approachable versions capable of short-term cellaring; Chardonnay fared best
Description
Open-knit and approachable versions capable of short-term cellaring; Chardonnay fared best
Vintage
2004
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
An abundant harvest; sleek and vibrant in style, particularly for Chardonnay
Description
An abundant harvest; sleek and vibrant in style, particularly for Chardonnay
Vintage
2003
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Few houses declared this torrid vintage, with little Chardonnay due to April frosts; the best can be sumptuous, but some inconsistency
Description
Few houses declared this torrid vintage, with little Chardonnay due to April frosts; the best can be sumptuous, but some inconsistency
Vintage
2002
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
The best year since 1996, with complexity and richness backed by firm, lively structures; the finest will repay cellaring
Description
The best year since 1996, with complexity and richness backed by firm, lively structures; the finest will repay cellaring
Vintage
2000
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
The top examples are balanced, with vibrant structures and finesse; medium- to full-bodied
Description
The top examples are balanced, with vibrant structures and finesse; medium- to full-bodied
Vintage
1999
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Ripe, healthy grapes made generous wines; round and fresh despite low acidity
Description
Ripe, healthy grapes made generous wines; round and fresh despite low acidity
Vintage
1998
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Rich, elegant wines, with good balance and intensity
Description
Rich, elegant wines, with good balance and intensity
Vintage
1997
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Lean and firm; the best are balanced, but some are tart
Description
Lean and firm; the best are balanced, but some are tart
Vintage
1996
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe and intense; firmly structured and potentially long-lived
Description
Ripe and intense; firmly structured and potentially long-lived
Vintage
1995
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Rich, generous and balanced; particularly successful for Chardonnay
Description
Rich, generous and balanced; particularly successful for Chardonnay
Vintage
1994
Score
82
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Past peak
Description
Lean, angular wines; not a vintage year for most
Description
Lean, angular wines; not a vintage year for most
Vintage
1993
Score
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Bright and lively, especially blanc de blancs
Description
Bright and lively, especially blanc de blancs
Vintage
1992
Score
84
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Soft and mature in style
Description
Soft and mature in style
Vintage
1991
Score
79
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Few vintage bottlings
Description
Few vintage bottlings
Vintage
1990
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Big, powerful and full-flavored
Description
Big, powerful and full-flavored
Vintage
1989
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Extremely ripe and generous
Description
Extremely ripe and generous
Vintage
1988
Score
95
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Outstanding; beautifully balanced
Description
Outstanding; beautifully balanced
Vintage
1987
Score
81
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Few vintage bottlings
Description
Few vintage bottlings
Vintage
1986
Score
86
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Very good quality; lean in style
Description
Very good quality; lean in style
Vintage
1985
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Superb balance; great structure and flavor
Description
Superb balance; great structure and flavor
Vintage
1984
Score
79
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Large harvest
Description
Large harvest
Vintage
1983
Score
83
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Good, pleasant Champagnes
Description
Good, pleasant Champagnes
Vintage
1982
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rich, complex, with abundant flavor
Description
Rich, complex, with abundant flavor
Vintage
1979
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Classy and elegant; aging well
Description
Classy and elegant; aging well
Vintage
1976
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A ripe, opulent year
Description
A ripe, opulent year
Vintage
1975
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Bold but balanced wines
Description
Bold but balanced wines
Notable older vintages: 1973, 1971, 1964, 1961, 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