We are no longer used to decades in Bordeaux that contain more misses than hits, but the 1990s had its fair share of difficult harvests.
We can pretty much count a full six of the 10 years as having complicated growing seasons – 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997 and 1999 – although some were more difficult than others.
That leaves just four standout years – and it was the first, 1990, that won the most universal plaudits.
Scroll down for Jane Anson’s Bordeaux 1990s tasting notes and scores
In the vineyards, change was everywhere. Baron Philippe de Rothschild had died in 1988 and his daughter Baroness Philippine was making serious changes at Château Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac – a new second wine, introduced with the 1993 vintage, was given its name Le Petit Mouton from the following year, and new dry white Aile d’Argent was introduced in 1991.