Vintage Guides

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

SPAIN-WINE-LEISURE-TOURISM

2001 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions The total 2001 harvest in Spain is expected to be down 20% on 2001 at around 35 million hectolitres, although this is still about 10% higher than recent…

Champagne 2009

2001 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions After a very wet winter, bud burst began but was about 15 days later than usual. After this late start, ideal conditions ensured in May and June, which…

2001 vintage guide for California Merlot

2001 vintage guide for California Merlot

Weather Conditions After late frosts and an unseasonably hot spring, the weather moderated, leading to an early harvest for many grapes and long hang times for others. In the Napa…

MeursaultBurgundy

2001 vintage guide for White Burgundy

Weather Conditions Generally speaking 2001 was a wet, cool and cloudy year in Burgundy. The flowering was late and drawn out, leading eventually to uneven ripeness at the time of…

Mosel Valley

2001 vintage guide for Germany

Weather Conditions A cool and humid spring retarded budding but warm and sunny weather returned at the end of May and flowering was successful in June. August was exceptionally hot…

Piedmontvines

2001 vintage guide for Italy Piedmont

Weather Conditions ‘Throughout the 1990s we’ve had really good vintages,’ says Giovanni Sandri, a Monforte-based winemaker best known for his Barolos and Dolcettos, ‘but this will definitely be one of…

2001 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

2001 vintage guide for Washington State Merlot

Weather Conditions During both spring and early summer, the temperatures remained below average. In the Columbia Valley, June turned out to be exceptionally cool with an average temperature of 80oF.,…

2001 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

2001 vintage guide for Italy Tuscany

Weather Conditions An early spring brought the vines forward, but also exposed the new buds to a severe mid-April frost which caused considerable damage in the central hills. The summer…

2001 vintage guide for Vintage Port

2001 vintage guide for Vintage Port

Weather Conditions After one of the wettest winters since records began, mild, humid conditions led to an early bud-burst in March. From April onwards the weather cleared and only 110…

2001 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

2001 vintage guide for Oregon Pinot Noir

Weather Conditions The year started out fairly warm with budbreak in the Willamette Valley on April 10 & 11, right on time. There was no significant rainfall prior to or…

2001 vintage guide for Red Australia

2001 vintage guide for Red Australia

Weather Conditions After significant rain in the winter and spring, a scorching summer came with record temperatures. Then, in February and March, rains followed. Heat stress and delayed ripening from…

Bordeaux Graves vineyards

2001 vintage guide for Medoc and Graves

Weather Conditions The preceding winter was the wettest since 1982/83, and the season went on to be particularly mild. It meant that the vines responded early, though a short period…

MeursaultBurgundy

2001 vintage guide for Red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Generally speaking 2001 was a wet, cool and cloudy year in Burgundy. The flowering was late and drawn out, leading eventually to uneven ripeness at the time of…

Bordeaux Sauternes vineyards

2001 vintage guide for Sauternes and Barsac

Weather Conditions Enjoying the same ideal vintage conditions throughout August and September as Bordeaux’s dry whites, the three sweet white grapes were also favoured by October’s perfect Botrytis weather. Regular…

2001 vintage guide for Red Rhone

2001 vintage guide for Red Rhone

Weather Conditions The year is marked by its September, when the north wind and quite fine weather caused the crop to concentrate, notably in the northern Rhone. Acidity levels are…

2001 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

2001 vintage guide for Saint-Emilion and Pomerol

Weather Conditions After a mild, wet winter with an average temperature two degrees above normal, budding started early around 24 March. The excellent climatic conditions saw vintners begin their seasonal…

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2001 vintage guide for Red South Africa

Weather Conditions The fourth consecutive very hot vintage, one of the driest on record, and, at just 760 million litres, the smallest since 1987. Compact, ripe, healthy berries yielded vigorous…