Vintage guides

Region: Medoc and Graves

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1962 starstarstarstarstar drink now An elegant, fast-maturing vintage more...
1963 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very poor vintage with no wines of note more...
1964 starstarstarstarstar drink now A mixed vintage of inconsistent quality more...
1965 starstarstarstarstar drink now A rainy summer produced wines of indifferent quality more...
1966 starstarstarstarstar drink now An inconsistent vintage with some good Saint-Julien and Pauillac more...
1967 starstarstarstarstar drink now A large but unexciting vintage of fast-maturing wines more...
1968 starstarstarstarstar drink now A poor vintage throughout Bordeaux after a persistently rainy summer more...
1969 starstarstarstarstar drink now Bordeaux did not match the quality achieved in other parts of France more...
1970 starstarstarstarstar drink now A great year for rich and complex claret more...
1971 starstarstarstarstar drink now A small but stylish vintage more...
1972 starstarstarstarstar drink now Overall, a poor vintage throughout Bordeaux more...
1973 starstarstarstarstar drink now A large harvest of generally light wines more...
1974 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good year in Graves. Elsewhere, the wines lacked ripeness more...
1975 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very uneven vintage but Pomerol, Saint-Julien and Pauillac performed well more...
1976 starstarstarstarstar drink now The second of two reasonably successful years, with fine wines in abundance more...
1977 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very small harvest of variable quality more...
1978 starstarstarstarstar drink now An excellent year for both red and white wines more...
1979 starstarstarstarstar drink now A large harvest of good quality wine more...
1980 starstarstarstarstar drink now A difficult vintage, producing light but attractive wines more...
1981 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very good vintage inspite of rain more...
1982 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A long hot summer produced the greatest Bordeaux vintage since 1961 more...
1983 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Another outstandingly good vintage more...
1984 starstarstarstarstar drink now A generally disappointing vintage more...
1985 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A wonderfully consistent and seductive vintage more...
1986 starstarstarstarstar keep A particularly good vintage in the Medoc, with a number of fine wines more...
1987 starstarstarstarstar drink now An average year, producing light, early-maturing wines more...
1988 starstarstarstarstar drink soon First of a run of three classic vintages in Bordeaux more...
1989 starstarstarstarstar drink now A vintage which produced fruity, opulent claret more...
1990 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very hot, dry year produced some truly magnificent wines more...
1991 starstarstarstarstar drink now A small and difficult vintage more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very difficult year with light, occasionally dilute wines more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar drink now A vintage spoiled by too much rain across Bordeaux more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar drink now Another rainy vintage, producing rather thin and dilute wines more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar drink now A good vintage across Bordeaux, with a number of well-structured wines more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar drink now A first-rate vintage with many wines of distinction more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar drink now A varied year for red Bordeaux generally more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar drink now Difficult vintage for the Medoc; better in Graves more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Rain complicated matters but some very good wines look set to emerge more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar drink now Possibly the finest vintage since 1990 more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar drink now Mixed vintage for reds, but dry whites are wonderfully aromatic with lively acidity. more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar drink now Crisp fruity whites and well-structured, stylish reds with aging potential more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A good year for reds from the Northern Medoc. Expect wines of finesse and structure with some aging potential more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Whites of good fruit concentration and refreshing acidity; classic reds with some aging potential more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar keep All indicators point to an exceptional vintage. more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar keep Potentially hard and tough but good for people who like their wines tannic. Doesn't have the flesh or ripeness of 2005 or 2003 but is better than 1999. May turn out to be a more classic vintage like 1996 - but with less ripeness more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Mixed rather than great. The best wines (from top châteaux) are soft, fruit-forward and charming, but with limited ageing potential. Lowish yield. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar keep Classic, ripe Bordeaux, though lacking ultimate wow factor and quality does vary. Dry whites more uniformly successful. Very low yielding and earlier maturing than usual. more...