Vintage Guides

From Rioja to the Rhone, our vintage guide tells you which year to drink and why more.

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1961 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

Weather Conditions A mild and damp winter was followed by a warm spring. Due to variable weather in June, flowering was prolonged over the course of three weeks (rather than…

1961 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

1961 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Despite a frosty spring, vegetation was advanced, but as the months progressed cold conditions reduced the flowering and rain washed away the pollen, reducing the potential crop. At…

1961 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

1961 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions The weather played a major part in the production of what is generally accepted to be a great vintage for Bordeaux’s red wines. Despite a frosty spring, vegetation…

1961 vintage guide for Red Rhone

1961 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions Best Appellations A very great year throughout the Rhône. Côte Rotie was also superb, but many are now tiring. Rich powerful wines emerged from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and the best…

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1961 vintage guide for White Burgundy

Weather Conditions A mild and damp winter was followed by a warm spring. Due to variable weather in June, flowering was prolonged over the course of three weeks (rather than…

1961 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

1961 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The weather played a major part in the production of what is generally accepted to be a great vintage for Bordeaux’s red wines. Despite a frosty spring, vegetation…