Vintage guides

Vintage records start in different years for different regions. 1960 onwards: Médoc and Graves, Red Burgundy, Red Rhône, Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, Sauternes and Barsac, Vintage Port, White Burgundy. 1970 onwards: Germany, Italy Piedmont, Italy Tuscany, Spain Rioja, Vintage Champagne. 1971 onwards: Red Australia. 1976 onwards: California Cabernet Sauvignon, California Merlot. 1985 onwards: Oregon Pinot Noir, Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State Merlot. 1990 onwards: Red South Africa.

Vintage Guides for 1994-1997

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Italy Piedmont starstarstarstarstar
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Italy Tuscany starstarstarstarstar
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Medoc and Graves starstarstarstarstar
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Oregon Pinot Noir starstarstarstarstar
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Red Australia starstarstarstarstar
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Red Burgundy starstarstarstarstar
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Red Rhone starstarstarstarstar
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Red South Africa starstarstarstarstar
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Red South America starstarstarstarstar
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Saint-Emilion and Pomerol starstarstarstarstar
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Sauternes and Barsac starstarstarstarstar
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Spain Rioja starstarstarstarstar
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Vintage Champagne starstarstarstarstar
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Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon starstarstarstarstar
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White Burgundy starstarstarstarstar
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Compiled by: France - Stephen Brook, Clive Coates MW, David Peppercorn MW, Steven Spurrier, Natasha Hughes, Kim Parsons, Guy Palmer, James Lawther MW; Tuscany - Richard Baudains; Piedmont - Paul Merritt; Spain - John Radford; Germany - Freddy Price; Vintage Port - Richard Mayson; USA - Norm Roby; Australia - Sally Marden (2000) and Jeremy Oliver (1971-99); South America - Harold Heckle; South Africa - John Platter