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Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201697HoldAn 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
201599HoldThe 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
201489Drink or holdAn 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
201391Drink or holdDry, 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
201292Drink or holdSimilar 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
201192Drink or holdEarly, 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
201098HoldCool, 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
200996Drink or holdWarm, 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
200886DrinkCool, 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
200791Drink or holdErratic 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
200692Drink or holdRipe, fresh reds with open-knit structure, fine balance; whites are classics, combining best of '04 and '05
200594Drink or holdAnother drought-influenced vintage, though cool nights helped to maintain freshness. Reds have classic structure for long-term cellaring; whites also dense and concentrated
200490Drink or holdControlling yields was key for reds, with some variable results; best are fresh and balanced, others are crisp and green. Whites, particularly Condrieu, are superb
200394Drink or holdTorrid heat wave produced a small crop with wide-ranging quality, from exotically ripe to acid-deficient. Whites show lots of tropical fruit, oily textures
200282Past peakRain 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
200189DrinkGreat racy, rich whites in Condrieu and Hermitage; elegant reds
200088DrinkClean and pure with good structure, but without the depth of top years
199996DrinkVoluptuous, silky vintage with stunning quality for Côte-Rôtie
199890DrinkVery structured reds with good fruit, balance and concentration; now approaching their peak
199788DrinkReds framed by burly tannins; starting to soften. Best in Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage
199690DrinkBig crop with high acidity; best are refined and elegant
199591DrinkUnheralded year but red wines offer concentration and length; whites are also very good to outstanding
199488DrinkSome concentrated, chewy reds, despite pockets of rain
199378Past peakExtremely rainy September led to hard, green reds. Some successful whites
199279Past peakMore rainy harvest time weather led to soft, light-bodied wines
199189DrinkElegant, with fine tannins and silky fruit; best in Côte-Rôtie
199097DrinkMassive and rich, with loads of tannin and fruit
198992Drink or holdRound and opulent, with great texture and backbone
198890Drink or holdSolid 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.


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