Vintage Charts

Vintage Cabernet FrancChenin BlancSauvignon Blanc Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Cabernet Franc
90
Chenin Blanc
92
Sauvignon Blanc
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A solid follow-up to the 2015 and 2016 duo, with lower yields due to a severe spring frost. The ensuing growing season was relatively dry and warm, running one to two weeks early through harvest, and scattered rains in the second half of July helped to freshen the vines. Whites are pure and precise, reds are fresh and charming
Description
A solid follow-up to the 2015 and 2016 duo, with lower yields due to a severe spring frost. The ensuing growing season was relatively dry and warm, running one to two weeks early through harvest, and scattered rains in the second half of July helped to freshen the vines. Whites are pure and precise, reds are fresh and charming
Vintage
2016
Cabernet Franc
92
Chenin Blanc
94
Sauvignon Blanc
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A step ahead of 2015 and different in style. A severe spring frost cut the crop by as much as 50 percent. May through July was rainy, but then draught conditions arrived and persisted through the harvest. Luckily temperatures were not too hot, especially through harvest. Wines have fresher acidity than 2015. Very solid vintage, with some exceptional sweet wines
Description
A step ahead of 2015 and different in style. A severe spring frost cut the crop by as much as 50 percent. May through July was rainy, but then draught conditions arrived and persisted through the harvest. Luckily temperatures were not too hot, especially through harvest. Wines have fresher acidity than 2015. Very solid vintage, with some exceptional sweet wines
Vintage
2015
Cabernet Franc
90
Chenin Blanc
92
Sauvignon Blanc
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Finally, a solid vintage, easily the best since 2010. Some early spring rains hampered flowering in Sancerre, but growing season was hot and dry. Late-season rains caused thin-skinned varieties such as Gamay to face disease pressures; acidities slightly lower than usual. Cabernet Franc ripened well; Chenin Blanc excelled with both dry and sweet versions
Description
Finally, a solid vintage, easily the best since 2010. Some early spring rains hampered flowering in Sancerre, but growing season was hot and dry. Late-season rains caused thin-skinned varieties such as Gamay to face disease pressures; acidities slightly lower than usual. Cabernet Franc ripened well; Chenin Blanc excelled with both dry and sweet versions
Vintage
2014
Cabernet Franc
87
Chenin Blanc
86
Sauvignon Blanc
86
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Generally gray and rainy midsummer season led to uneven ripening throughout the valley, putting a premium on viticulture; hail hit Vouvray, cutting yields. September was ideal, saving the vintage. Mélon, Cabernet Franc were better-performing grapes; dry Chenin succeeded somewhat, sweet wines much less so
Description
Generally gray and rainy midsummer season led to uneven ripening throughout the valley, putting a premium on viticulture; hail hit Vouvray, cutting yields. September was ideal, saving the vintage. Mélon, Cabernet Franc were better-performing grapes; dry Chenin succeeded somewhat, sweet wines much less so
Vintage
2013
Cabernet Franc
83
Chenin Blanc
86
Sauvignon Blanc
83
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Storms early and late hampered flowering and harvest. Hail ravaged Vouvray midseason, though it affected yields more than quality. Overall, another difficult year, putting a premium on viticulture and selection in the winery. Expect scattered success at best
Description
Storms early and late hampered flowering and harvest. Hail ravaged Vouvray midseason, though it affected yields more than quality. Overall, another difficult year, putting a premium on viticulture and selection in the winery. Expect scattered success at best
Vintage
2012
Cabernet Franc
84
Chenin Blanc
85
Sauvignon Blanc
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A difficult year. April frosts and a cold, rainy weather pattern through July led to lower yields and uneven ripening; an October storm in the western and central part of the valley caused more problems. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé relatively spared
Description
A difficult year. April frosts and a cold, rainy weather pattern through July led to lower yields and uneven ripening; an October storm in the western and central part of the valley caused more problems. Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé relatively spared
Vintage
2011
Cabernet Franc
88
Chenin Blanc
88
Sauvignon Blanc
84
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Extreme and variable conditions led to a heterogenous harvest as spring was very warm, but the summer very cool and wet. Cabernet Franc able to shrug off some rains, while lighter white varieties more mixed; little botrytis development for sweet wines. Lower yields due to uneven ripening and selection
Description
Extreme and variable conditions led to a heterogenous harvest as spring was very warm, but the summer very cool and wet. Cabernet Franc able to shrug off some rains, while lighter white varieties more mixed; little botrytis development for sweet wines. Lower yields due to uneven ripening and selection
Vintage
2010
Cabernet Franc
90
Chenin Blanc
94
Sauvignon Blanc
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Warm, dry growing season at both ends of the valley, though with pockets of rain around Tours. Wines should be fresher in style than the concentrated 2009s, with brighter acidity; late-harvest Chenins best since 1997
Description
Warm, dry growing season at both ends of the valley, though with pockets of rain around Tours. Wines should be fresher in style than the concentrated 2009s, with brighter acidity; late-harvest Chenins best since 1997
Vintage
2009
Cabernet Franc
91
Chenin Blanc
93
Sauvignon Blanc
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Warm, consistent growing season that benefited all grapes and appellations. Quality tempered by dry conditions that caused some young vines to suffer
Description
Warm, consistent growing season that benefited all grapes and appellations. Quality tempered by dry conditions that caused some young vines to suffer
Vintage
2008
Cabernet Franc
87
Chenin Blanc
88
Sauvignon Blanc
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Humid, gray growing season resulted in grapes struggling to ripen throughout the valley. Harvest stretched late in October, saved by an Indian summer; good botrytis development for Chenin Blanc
Description
Humid, gray growing season resulted in grapes struggling to ripen throughout the valley. Harvest stretched late in October, saved by an Indian summer; good botrytis development for Chenin Blanc
Vintage
2007
Cabernet Franc
83
Chenin Blanc
90
Sauvignon Blanc
84
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Inconsistent growing season marked by a cool summer that led to uneven ripening for Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. A warm, dry September helped save the vintage for Chenin Blanc; late-harvest dessert wines outstanding
Description
Inconsistent growing season marked by a cool summer that led to uneven ripening for Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. A warm, dry September helped save the vintage for Chenin Blanc; late-harvest dessert wines outstanding
Vintage
2006
Cabernet Franc
84
Chenin Blanc
84
Sauvignon Blanc
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Rainy season caused some rot problems, though Sauvignon Blancs from eastern end were mostly spared. Many producers reduced yields because of unripe grapes; little or no botrytis for sweet-wine production
Description
Rainy season caused some rot problems, though Sauvignon Blancs from eastern end were mostly spared. Many producers reduced yields because of unripe grapes; little or no botrytis for sweet-wine production
Vintage
2005
Cabernet Franc
92
Chenin Blanc
93
Sauvignon Blanc
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Warm, dry season and ideal weather at harvest; low yields led to concentrated, balanced wines. Reds should age nicely; dessert wines superb
Description
Warm, dry season and ideal weather at harvest; low yields led to concentrated, balanced wines. Reds should age nicely; dessert wines superb
Vintage
2004
Cabernet Franc
88
Chenin Blanc
89
Sauvignon Blanc
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cold start followed by a warm summer; some rains at harvesttime. Whites are clean and fresh; reds are light and crisp
Description
Cold start followed by a warm summer; some rains at harvesttime. Whites are clean and fresh; reds are light and crisp
Vintage
2003
Cabernet Franc
91
Chenin Blanc
88
Sauvignon Blanc
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Wild heat wave during growing season produced some ripe, dense reds, but some off-kilter whites; little botrytis in the sweet wines
Description
Wild heat wave during growing season produced some ripe, dense reds, but some off-kilter whites; little botrytis in the sweet wines
Vintage
2002
Cabernet Franc
91
Chenin Blanc
93
Sauvignon Blanc
93
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Heat during flowering led to a small crop, while ideal September weather produced a superb vintage, with pure, balanced whites and reds
Description
Heat during flowering led to a small crop, while ideal September weather produced a superb vintage, with pure, balanced whites and reds
Vintage
2001
Cabernet Franc
88
Chenin Blanc
88
Sauvignon Blanc
87
Drink Window
Drink
Description
A cool growing season with a very warm harvest; wines are plumper than in '00, but still balanced
Description
A cool growing season with a very warm harvest; wines are plumper than in '00, but still balanced
Vintage
2000
Cabernet Franc
85
Chenin Blanc
86
Sauvignon Blanc
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cool start saved by an Indian summer; wines are fresh and clean, though lighter in body
Description
Cool start saved by an Indian summer; wines are fresh and clean, though lighter in body

Cabernet Franc = Chinon, Bourgueil, Anjou, Saumur
Chenin Blanc = Vouvray, Coteaux du Layon, Savennières
Sauvignon Blanc = Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé, Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly

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