A detailed Bordeaux vintage guide and summary covering the years 1900 to today with detailed information on the different Bordeaux vintage conditions, growing seasons, harvest reports, temperatures and picking dates. Links are offered for buying tips that focus on wines that offer the best quality and price value ratio from every important year in the Bordeaux vintage Guide.
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The links on the left side of the page provide you with detailed articles on all the best Bordeaux vintages from the legendary year of 1945, all the way up to today’s current Bordeaux vintage. Just click on the link that interests you in The Bordeaux Vintage Guide. The Bordeaux Vintage Charts 1959 through Today ranks each vintage and provides you with current information on how the vintages are drinking today, and if the wines are ready to drink, need more time in the cellar, or if they are past their optimum maturity date.
If every picture tells a story, every harvest relates a story as well in this Bordeaux Vintage Guide. Things are different in Bordeaux today. When you look at the advances in modern Bordeaux wine making and vineyard management techniques, coupled with the willingness to perform the necessary amount of selection in the vineyards and cellars needed to produce the best wine possible, it appears that bad Bordeaux vintages are now a thing of the past. If you don’t agree, look at recent difficult years like 2013, 2011 and 2007 as recent examples.
Think of it like this, a wet, cool year like 2007 would have been a disaster 20 years ago. Today, while dilute, some nice, early drinking wines were produced. For different reasons, 2011 Bordeaux and 2012 Bordeaux would have produced extremely weak wines for previous generations. You can learn more about specific years in the Bordeaux Vintage Guide.
The style of Bordeaux wine varies from year to year. This is due to the different vintage characteristics shaped by the weather, choices made by the winemaker and the soils and terroir of Bordeaux These variances are what gives that uniqueness to Bordeaux wine. Of course not all vintages are created equally.
There are basically Four different types of Bordeaux vintages which can be subdivided into two categories. You have the early drinking and classic vintages on one end of the spectrum. On the other side of the vineyard, you have the highly sought after, special vintages.
With the highly sought after collectible years, you have Bordeaux at its best. These years can be split into two different styles. You have years that are supple, sexy, opulent and ripe. The wines are rich and concentrated. The tannins are silky smooth and many of the wines can be enjoyed in their youth and as they age. Those qualities are found in for example: 2009, 2003, 2001, 1990, 1989, 1985, 1982, 1964, 1959, 1953, 1950, 1947, 1929 and 1928.
But there is a completely different style of Bordeaux wine that is also highly collectible. Those years produce stunning wines with intensity, concentration, tannin and structure for serious aging. Many of those wines are not fun to drink early, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon bases wines from the Left Bank . Examples of those vintages are 2010, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1996, 1995, 1986, 1975, 1970, 1966, 1961, 1945 and 1928. The top wines from those years could take decades to develop and mature.
The other category of Bordeaux vintages you often encounter is quite useful, as the wines can be enjoyed in their youth, while you wait for the bigger vintages to develop and mature. There are the soft, light, early drinking vintages like 2012, 2011, 2007, 1999, 1997, 1987, 1981 and 1979 for example. Another example of a small vintage are the cooler years that produce classic Bordeaux styled wines that require age. They can be a bit stern and lower in alcohol, yet they can often pleasure before they are 100 years of age. For example, 2004, 2002, 1994, 1988, 1983 and 1978.
The unique characteristics discovered in different Bordeaux vintages is a part of what makes wines collecting interesting and fun. That is a good reason to use our Bordeaux Vintage Guide. Comparing wines from the same producer in different years allows you understand the chateau. Comparing wines from a wide array of producers from the same year, lets consumers to discover what took place during specific vintages.
Knowledge and technology have made it possible to produce better Bordeaux wine than ever before. But no amount of human intervention can alter the unique personality awarded by nature to each Bordeaux vintage.
To read details on every Bordeaux vintage from the legendary 1945 to today’s current Bordeaux vintage, just click on the link that interests you in The Bordeaux Vintage Guide: