Vintage Guides

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


2009 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions Spring was warm and flowering early and uneventful. Nor did the stormy conditions in mid-July do much serious damage, and the vines cruised on through August and early…


2009 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions It was hot during the spring, but flowering was early, from late May onwards. Stormy spells in mid-July threatened oidium and mildew, and some treatments were required. Fortunately…

Champagne 2009

2009 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions Dry winter led to a deficit in the water table. Fresh showers in spring put the vegetative cycle to rights. Flowering was fine but a chaotic stormy July…

St Emilon, Bordeaux

2009 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions Even right at the start of the growing season things were looking promising, with temperatures slightly above average and 220 hours of sunshine. This was tempered by a…


2009 vintage guide for Spain Rioja

Weather Conditions Rioja enjoyed a very hot summer after a wet and cold winter and spring, although the lack of rain in August and first half of September caused worries…