Vintage Guides

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


2013 vintage guide for white Burgundy

Weather Conditions The miserable flowering period and the savage hailstorms in July severely reduced the crop of Chardonnay. The vines continued their slow maturation during the summer months and then…


2013 vintage guide for red Burgundy

Weather Conditions Just as Burgundy growers were picking themselves up after the battering they received from Mother Nature in 2012, the nightmare started all over again. Sunlight scarcely made an…


2013 vintage guide for Vintage Champagne

Weather Conditions One of the latest harvests since 1988, caused by delayed flowering into July. A warm rainless September saved the day. The reverse of 2012, a Chardonnay year par…


2013 vintage guide for Bordeaux

Weather Conditions No respite for the growers after two difficult vintages. There were plenty of challenges right from the start in this vintage – uneven and late flowering following a…