Wine - Vintage Ratings



Wine - Vintage Ratings

Vintages should only be used as a general guide. They only really apply to the very best wines where personality can vary. Some wine-producing countries and regions show very little change in consistency from one year to the next. Regions in northerly areas, deemed as cool climate, or those which are subject to marginal climates, show much more variation over a given period.

Vintage Ratings

1-3 Poor vintages. Only the top properties are likely to have made reasonable wines.

4-7 Average to above average. Some red wines may be more accessible in youth.

8-10 Great to outstanding

France - Alsace

Vintage 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
  9 2 5 6 7 5 7 7 7 6 9 8

Bordeaux - Bordeaux wines are mostly blended with the grape varieties which ripen at different times. The Merlot-dominated Right Bank should be viewed separately to the Cabernet-dominated Left Bank.

Vintage 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Red Wines (Médoc/Left Bank 10 3 1 4 6 8 9 5 6 7 10 7
Red Wines (St Emilion Pomerol/Right Bank) 10 1 3 4 6 8 7 5 10 7 10 7
Dry Whites 8 4 5 4 8 7 8 6 8 8 8 9
Sweet Whites 10 3 1 1 3 5 9 9 8 8 4 10

Earlier successful sweet white vintages.

Vintage 1989 1988 1986 1985 1983
  8 9 9 8 9

Burgundy

Vintage 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
White 6 7 5 4 5 8 8 7 5 8 7 8
Red 9 8 5 7 5 7 7 7 6 9 6 4
Chablis - - - - - 8 9 7 6 8 9 3
Beaujolais - - - - - 7 4 5 4 9 9 4

France - The Loire Valley

Vintage 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Dry White 8 9 5 6 7 8 6
Red 8 9 7 5 7 7 5
Sweet Wine 8 9 8 5 5 6 7

Earlier successful sweet wine vintages

1985 1986 1988 1989 1990
8 8 8 9 9

The Rhône Valley

Vintage 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
North 10 8 1 2 6 7 6 8 9 10 8 8
South 10 4 3 4 6 7 5 5 10 8 9 8

Champagne - Only the best vintages are listed and those which are likely to be still available or maturing in cellar.

Vintage 1985 1988 1989 1990 1995 1996
  9 9 8 9 8 9

Germany - The late 1980s and the 1990s was an extremely favorable period for German wines. Wines from the Riesling grape have the capacity to age very well.

Vintage 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Mosel 9 9 6 7 8 8 9 7 9 8 9 7 10
Rhine 8 9 6 7 7 6 8 8 9 8 9 7 9

Italy - Only the best recent vintages are listed

Vintage 1989 1990 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Piedmont Reds 9 9 6 8 8 9 9 8 8
Tuscan Reds - 9 6 6 9 7 9 8 8

Spain

Vintage 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Rioja 9 8 8 6 7 7 7

USA

Vintage 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
White 9 8 6 8 7
Red 8 9 7 8 7

Australia

Vintage 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
White 5 9 8 7 8 8
Red 9 7 8 9 7 8

New Zealand

Vintage 1998 1999 2000 2001
White 7 8 8 8
Red 9 7 7 7

South Africa

Vintage 1998 1999 2000 2001
White 7 8 8 7
Red 8 7 6 9


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