Vintage guides

Region: Sauternes and Barsac

Year Rating Drinkability Style More
1962 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Elegant, harmonious wines still drinking well more...
1963 starstarstarstarstar drink now A very poor vintage with no wines of note more...
1964 starstarstarstarstar drink now A few acceptable wines but most properties were plagued by rain at vintage time more...
1965 starstarstarstarstar drink now A disastrous year more...
1966 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Lean wines with high acidity more...
1967 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Late-picked properties produced rich, full-bodied wines more...
1968 starstarstarstarstar drink now No decent wines produced this year more...
1969 starstarstarstarstar drink now One-dimensional wines with excessive acidity more...
1970 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Ripe, luscious wines but lacking complexity more...
1971 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Elegant, well-balanced wines which have aged well more...
1972 starstarstarstarstar drink now Few wines of any distinction more...
1973 starstarstarstarstar drink now Variable vintage of mostly light wines - Barsac fared best more...
1974 starstarstarstarstar drink now A poor vintage producing a few, lean wines more...
1975 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Late-picked wines were rich yet balanced and have aged very well more...
1976 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A mixed vintage. The finest wines were rich and unctuous more...
1977 starstarstarstarstar drink now The worst vintage of the decade more...
1978 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Many wines lacked concentration but the finest were rich and well-structured more...
1979 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Relatively light but elegant and charming wines more...
1980 starstarstarstarstar drink now An under-rated vintage which produced a number of succulent wines more...
1981 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Inelegant wines of moderate quality more...
1982 starstarstarstarstar drink soon This vintage was spoiled by rain. Early-picking properties made a few rich wines more...
1983 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A very late vintage produced some truly classic wines more...
1984 starstarstarstarstar drink now A small crop of light wines more...
1985 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Fresh, fruity wines without much botrytis character more...
1986 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Many rich and complex wines more...
1987 starstarstarstarstar drink now A small vintage of light, short-lived wines more...
1988 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An outstanding vintage with a large number of richly classic wines more...
1989 starstarstarstarstar keep An excellent vintage of power and concentration more...
1990 starstarstarstarstar keep A very fine vintage; the best are sensational more...
1991 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A very small vintage with few noteworthy wines more...
1992 starstarstarstarstar drink soon A poor vintage in which very little wine was produced more...
1993 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Very heavy rain ruined this vintage more...
1994 starstarstarstarstar drink soon An indifferent vintage of irregular quality more...
1995 starstarstarstarstar keep A classic vintage with many very fine wines more...
1996 starstarstarstarstar keep A high quality vintage with rich and concentrated wines more...
1997 starstarstarstarstar keep The finest vintage since 1990. Many excellent wines more...
1998 starstarstarstarstar keep Rain caused problems throughout the vintage but a number of excellent wines were produced nevertheless more...
1999 starstarstarstarstar keep A very fine vintage of classic quality more...
2000 starstarstarstarstar drink soon Little botrytis: 2000 in Sauternes will be inferior to 1999 and the great 2001 more...
2001 starstarstarstarstar keep A very great vintage, with wonderful succulence and aromatic complextity. more...
2002 starstarstarstarstar drink now Light with little botrytis so drink early more...
2003 starstarstarstarstar keep From the best estates, ripe, powerful, concentrated sweet wines with excellent botrytis expression and aging potential; watch out for flabby wines from lesser estates more...
2004 starstarstarstarstar keep Balanced wine rich in botrytis from better producers who selected for noble rot affected fruit more...
2005 starstarstarstarstar keep Everything came together beautifully in 2005, and in terms of power and elegance, the vintage may well become one of Sauternes’ most classic. more...
2006 starstarstarstarstar keep A challenging harvest but with potential. The successes are impressively pure, fresh and complex, for drinking in both short and long term. more...
2007 starstarstarstarstar keep Outstanding vintage that combines richness and purity with balance and breed. Exceptional freshness too. more...
2008 starstarstarstarstar keep The best wines - from the top terroirs - are fresh and elegant but ultimately lack concentration and depth. Exceptionally small harvest. Nudging three stars... more...