The Bordeaux vintage chart gives you ranking for every Bordeaux vintage from 1959 to today. You’ll find detailed information every vintage including details on the wines, growing seasons, weather reports, harvest conditions, style and character of of the wines and vintages covering 1959 to today. You can read about the growing season in the Medoc, as well as in the Right Bank! You can also find current advice on when to drink and the best Bordeaux wines to buy from each vintage. This Bordeaux vintage chart covers the vintages from 1959 to today, with links to Bordeaux vintage reports for every year from 1959 to today. This Bordeaux vintage chart covers all the important Bordeaux appellations: St. Estephe, Pauillac, St. Julien, Margaux, Graves/Pessac Leognan, Pomerol, St. Emilion and Sauternes.
Rankings and scores in the Bordeaux vintage chart are not awarded for a mathematical average of scores. The years in the Bordeaux vintage chart are scored using a rough average based on your chance of randomly purchasing a bottle of Bordeaux wine from the vintage of your choice and have it offer a reasonably good, wine tasting experience. This is the purpose of the Bordeaux vintage chart. Of course there are always some good and even great wines produced in moderate years. But one good wine, or even a few good wines does not make a great vintage.
For example, for wines from the Left Bank for the past 30 years, the vintages can be ranked as follows:
2009, 2005, 2010, 2000, 1996, 1990, 1982, 1989, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2001, 2004, 1985, 1998, 1995, 1986, 1988, 1983, 2002, 1999 & 1994. Part of my thoughts are based on the entire spectrum of wines from a vintage. For example, 1989 has a few great wines, but numerous properties did not excel. A similar problem comes up with 2003. Some wines are off the charts, they are so good. But there are numerous failures as well. Still, the best of those wines are for me compelling.
But the situation is changed when ranking the best Bordeaux vintages for Pomerol and St. Emilion. Those vintages can be ranked as follows: 2009, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1998, 2001, 2006, 1990, 1989, 1982, 2008, 2004, 1985, 1995, 1988, 1999 and 1994. My guess is 2012 and 2014 will both be on the list for Right Bank vintages. But it’s too soon to tell.
A great vintage, which does not happen that often, is a year that produced high quality wines from every Bordeaux wine appellation and in all price ranges. That means the wines at the top are of extreme quality as are vale wines. The wines should offer a unique character and have the ability to age and evolve.
For more detail, tasting notes, harvest conditions or Bordeaux wine buying guides on any of the vintages listed below, please see: