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Vintage Cabernet FrancChenin BlancSauvignon Blanc Drink Rec Description
2017909291Drink or holdA 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
2016929492Drink or holdA 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
2015909290Drink or holdFinally, 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
2014878686Drink or holdGenerally 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
2013838683DrinkStorms 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
2012848586DrinkA 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
2011888884Drink or holdExtreme 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
2010909491Drink or holdWarm, 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
2009919392Drink or holdWarm, consistent growing season that benefited all grapes and appellations. Quality tempered by dry conditions that caused some young vines to suffer
2008878887DrinkHumid, 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
2007839084DrinkInconsistent 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
2006848485DrinkRainy 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
2005929392Drink or holdWarm, dry season and ideal weather at harvest; low yields led to concentrated, balanced wines. Reds should age nicely; dessert wines superb
2004888989DrinkCold start followed by a warm summer; some rains at harvesttime. Whites are clean and fresh; reds are light and crisp
2003918885DrinkWild heat wave during growing season produced some ripe, dense reds, but some off-kilter whites; little botrytis in the sweet wines
2002919393DrinkHeat during flowering led to a small crop, while ideal September weather produced a superb vintage, with pure, balanced whites and reds
2001888887DrinkA cool growing season with a very warm harvest; wines are plumper than in '00, but still balanced
2000858686DrinkCool 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.


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