Vintage Charts

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2016
Score
97
Drink Window
Hold
Description
An admirable follow-up to 2015. A wet spring led to a late-running season; Hermitage was hit by hail in April, reducing the crop, yet hot weather from July through September spurred ripening and an Indian summer persisted through October. Reds are ripe, focused and pure; whites are scintillating, with freshness and purity
Description
An admirable follow-up to 2015. A wet spring led to a late-running season; Hermitage was hit by hail in April, reducing the crop, yet hot weather from July through September spurred ripening and an Indian summer persisted through October. Reds are ripe, focused and pure; whites are scintillating, with freshness and purity
Vintage
2015
Score
99
Drink Window
Hold
Description
The north’s new benchmark; a vintage marked by heat and drought, but without the downside as nights were cool, maintaining acidity, and rains well-timed for ideal ripening. Reds are rich in both fruit and terroir, with ample but integrated structure; whites are vibrant and pure. Rivaled only by 2016, 2010, 1990 and 1961
Description
The north’s new benchmark; a vintage marked by heat and drought, but without the downside as nights were cool, maintaining acidity, and rains well-timed for ideal ripening. Reds are rich in both fruit and terroir, with ample but integrated structure; whites are vibrant and pure. Rivaled only by 2016, 2010, 1990 and 1961
Vintage
2014
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
An inconsistent year, with rain in June and July leading to disease pressure. Fine weather in August and September yielded excellent results for some growers, while others had more difficulty; reds more heterogenous than whites
Description
An inconsistent year, with rain in June and July leading to disease pressure. Fine weather in August and September yielded excellent results for some growers, while others had more difficulty; reds more heterogenous than whites
Vintage
2013
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Dry, cool growing season; vintners who picked quickly, ahead of late-season rains, were very successful. Reds are pure, ripe and focused; whites are gorgeously aromatic and lively
Description
Dry, cool growing season; vintners who picked quickly, ahead of late-season rains, were very successful. Reds are pure, ripe and focused; whites are gorgeously aromatic and lively
Vintage
2012
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Similar in profile to the south, with reds marked by solid, ripe fruit and refined, lengthy finishes; the best should age well. Whites also excellent, though not as vivacious as '11. A very consistent year
Description
Similar in profile to the south, with reds marked by solid, ripe fruit and refined, lengthy finishes; the best should age well. Whites also excellent, though not as vivacious as '11. A very consistent year
Vintage
2011
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Early, warm start to the growing season, but cool, wet second half. Syrah performed well through harvest, which extended late; more consistent than the south, with many excellent wines
Description
Early, warm start to the growing season, but cool, wet second half. Syrah performed well through harvest, which extended late; more consistent than the south, with many excellent wines
Vintage
2010
Score
98
Drink Window
Hold
Description
Cool, wet spring resulted in historically low yields, but excellent growing season backed by well-timed September rain and late Indian summer led to a late harvest of terrific quality. Reds are racy and loaded with minerality; even better defined than '09. Whites are bright, with gorgeous definition; better than '06
Description
Cool, wet spring resulted in historically low yields, but excellent growing season backed by well-timed September rain and late Indian summer led to a late harvest of terrific quality. Reds are racy and loaded with minerality; even better defined than '09. Whites are bright, with gorgeous definition; better than '06
Vintage
2009
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Warm, dry season led to early harvest, but mid-August rain and cool nights kept grapes fresh. Reds are rich and polished, whites ripe and rounded; excellent overall and very consistent, with normal yields
Description
Warm, dry season led to early harvest, but mid-August rain and cool nights kept grapes fresh. Reds are rich and polished, whites ripe and rounded; excellent overall and very consistent, with normal yields
Vintage
2008
Score
86
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cool, gray season made ripening reds difficult. Some successes, but many lean, herb-inflected wines; whites are excellent, with ripe tropical fruit flavors and tangy acidity. A tough year, but better than '02
Description
Cool, gray season made ripening reds difficult. Some successes, but many lean, herb-inflected wines; whites are excellent, with ripe tropical fruit flavors and tangy acidity. A tough year, but better than '02
Vintage
2007
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Erratic growing season followed by perfect September that saved the harvest. Reds and whites are fresh, aromatic and forward in style; similar to '01, more consistent than '04. Strongest in Côte-Rôtie and Cornas
Description
Erratic growing season followed by perfect September that saved the harvest. Reds and whites are fresh, aromatic and forward in style; similar to '01, more consistent than '04. Strongest in Côte-Rôtie and Cornas
Vintage
2006
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Ripe, fresh reds with open-knit structure, fine balance; whites are classics, combining best of '04 and '05
Description
Ripe, fresh reds with open-knit structure, fine balance; whites are classics, combining best of '04 and '05
Vintage
2005
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Another drought-influenced vintage, though cool nights helped to maintain freshness. Reds have classic structure for long-term cellaring; whites also dense and concentrated
Description
Another drought-influenced vintage, though cool nights helped to maintain freshness. Reds have classic structure for long-term cellaring; whites also dense and concentrated
Vintage
2004
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Controlling yields was key for reds, with some variable results; best are fresh and balanced, others are crisp and green. Whites, particularly Condrieu, are superb
Description
Controlling yields was key for reds, with some variable results; best are fresh and balanced, others are crisp and green. Whites, particularly Condrieu, are superb
Vintage
2003
Score
94
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Torrid heat wave produced a small crop with wide-ranging quality, from exotically ripe to acid-deficient. Whites show lots of tropical fruit, oily textures
Description
Torrid heat wave produced a small crop with wide-ranging quality, from exotically ripe to acid-deficient. Whites show lots of tropical fruit, oily textures
Vintage
2002
Score
82
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Rain made it hard to pick ripe and clean reds; many show herb and tobacco notes with tough tannins. Whites harvested in time though; some are outstanding
Description
Rain made it hard to pick ripe and clean reds; many show herb and tobacco notes with tough tannins. Whites harvested in time though; some are outstanding
Vintage
2001
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Great racy, rich whites in Condrieu and Hermitage; elegant reds
Description
Great racy, rich whites in Condrieu and Hermitage; elegant reds
Vintage
2000
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Clean and pure with good structure, but without the depth of top years
Description
Clean and pure with good structure, but without the depth of top years
Vintage
1999
Score
96
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Voluptuous, silky vintage with stunning quality for Côte-Rôtie
Description
Voluptuous, silky vintage with stunning quality for Côte-Rôtie
Vintage
1998
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Very structured reds with good fruit, balance and concentration; now approaching their peak
Description
Very structured reds with good fruit, balance and concentration; now approaching their peak
Vintage
1997
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Reds framed by burly tannins; starting to soften. Best in Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage
Description
Reds framed by burly tannins; starting to soften. Best in Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage
Vintage
1996
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Big crop with high acidity; best are refined and elegant
Description
Big crop with high acidity; best are refined and elegant
Vintage
1995
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Unheralded year but red wines offer concentration and length; whites are also very good to outstanding
Description
Unheralded year but red wines offer concentration and length; whites are also very good to outstanding
Vintage
1994
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Some concentrated, chewy reds, despite pockets of rain
Description
Some concentrated, chewy reds, despite pockets of rain
Vintage
1993
Score
78
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
Extremely rainy September led to hard, green reds. Some successful whites
Description
Extremely rainy September led to hard, green reds. Some successful whites
Vintage
1992
Score
79
Drink Window
Past peak
Description
More rainy harvest time weather led to soft, light-bodied wines
Description
More rainy harvest time weather led to soft, light-bodied wines
Vintage
1991
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Elegant, with fine tannins and silky fruit; best in Côte-Rôtie
Description
Elegant, with fine tannins and silky fruit; best in Côte-Rôtie
Vintage
1990
Score
97
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Massive and rich, with loads of tannin and fruit
Description
Massive and rich, with loads of tannin and fruit
Vintage
1989
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Round and opulent, with great texture and backbone
Description
Round and opulent, with great texture and backbone
Vintage
1988
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Solid and tough; excellent aging potential
Description
Solid and tough; excellent aging potential
Notable older vintages: 1985, 1982, 1979, 1978, 1976, 1969, 1966, 1964, 1961, 1959

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