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Bordeaux Vintage Chart 1959 to Today

Bordeaux Vintage Chart 1959 to Today

Wine Education 🕔September 11, 2015 0 comments

Written By : The Wine Cellar Insider

Top Ten Wines Tasted 300x264 Bordeaux Vintage Chart 1959 to Today, Vintage Rankings Characteristics

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 andSauternes.

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, 2014, 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 absolutely compelling. If you’re looking at what now are considered as ancient vintages, those that are at least 50 years or older, for the Left Bank, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1948, 1945, 1934, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900 are all stellar examples of great vintages. Although today, due to age, storage, provenance and counterfeits, buyers of these wines should exercise extreme caution and purchase them from only known and trusted sources, or major auction houses that thoroughly vet the wines.

But the situation is changed when ranking the best Bordeaux vintages for Pomerol and Saint Emilion. Those vintages can be ranked as follows: 2009, 2010, 2005, 2000, 1998, 2012, 2001, 2006, 1990, 1989, 1982, 2008, 2004, 1985, 1995, 1988, 2014, 1999 and 1994. If you’re thinking of buying older, mature, ancient vintages from the Right Bank that 50 years of age or older, look for wines from 1964, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1945, 1929, 1928, 1921 and 1900. Be extremely cautious about buying the most famous examples of Pomerol and St. Emilion from those years. There are far more fake and counterfeit wines available for sale than were produced. The problem is exacerbated with large formats. The majority of large format famous wines for sale are fake! This needs to be taken into consideration before you even think about storage and provenance. Potential buyers of these exceedingly rare wines should exercise extreme caution and purchase them from only known and trusted sources, or major auction houses that thoroughly vet the wines.

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 value 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:Bordeaux Year to Year Detailed Vintage Reports & Guide 1945 to Today


If you want to read or search for anything on Bordeaux, from a history of the region, analysis of the wines, styles and character, or view detailed profiles on all the top Bordeaux chateau, please see our easy to use: All About Bordeaux Wine Guide

2014 Bordeaux Wine – Great vintage for the Cabernet Sauvignon based wines of the Medoc. The wines are especially strong the further north you go, with Pauillac and St. Estephe producing really good wine, followed by St. Julien and Margaux. The wines are soft, ripe and display silky tannins with good concentration. Due to their forward style, while age worthy, many of the wines will be fun to drink early. The vintage is mixed in St. Emilion and moderate in Pomerol, with many wines possessing a slightly dilute character. It’s a good vintage for dry,white Bordeaux wine, in a bright, acidic style. Sauternes and Barsac was also successful. Drink or hold. 92 Pts

2013 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Light, early drinking year with a focus on red fruits. St. Julien and Pomerol are the top two appellations. Dry white Bordeaux was also successful. The best wines of the vintage are the sweet Bordeaux wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Enjoy the red wines on the young side. Drink 83 Pts

2012 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A classic vintage, in a good way. The best wines come from Pomerol and St. Emilion. However Pomerol is favored as the Merlot for most estates fully ripened. The vintage was also successful in Pessac Leognan, but more difficult in the Medoc, as the Cabernet Sauvignon did not achieve ripeness. While the dry white wines are of high quality, Sauternes was a disaster. Some of the top estates were forced to declassify their entire crop, including Chateau d’Yquem. Most of the red wines will drink well young. Drink 89 Pts

2011 Bordeaux Wine vintage. An average year with the best red wines coming from Pomerol and St. Emilion that could be described as classic. The wines are fresh, bright and acidic and focus more on red fruit than darker berries.  It’s another very successful year for Sauternes. For most wines, it’s an early drinking vintage. Drink 85 Pts

2010 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Very good year for wines from all Bordeaux appellations. Tannic, powerful, structured and rich, the best wines need 15-20 or more years to develop. Margaux, Pauillac, Pessac Leognan and St. Emilion are the best regions. Sauternes was also successful. Hold 97 Pts

2009 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Great year with a wonderful style. The wines are ripe, sexy and lush. Pomerol, Pauillac, Pessac Leognan and St. Estephe produced the best Bordeaux wines. Hold 97 Pts

2008 Bordeaux Wine vintage – This is a mixed vintage with some good wines, but not great wines. Pomerol and Pauillac were the most successful regions. Prices remain fair for the quality. Hold 91 Pts

2007 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Overpriced, early drinking vintage. Drink or hold 87 Pts

2006 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Powerful, tannic, broad shouldered wines that require cellaring. The best wines came from the Pomerol, the Medoc, especially Pauillac and Pessac Leognan. Hold 91 Pts

2005 Bordeaux Wine vintage – This is a stunning vintage from top to bottom in all appellations and in all price ranges. If you have the money, this is one of the best Bordeaux vintages to lay down in your cellar. These stunning wines will only get better and more expensive. Hold 100 Pts

2004 Bordeaux Wine vintage – This is a moderately priced vintage with some attractive wines, but not great wines from both banks. Drink or hold. 91 Pts

2003 Bordeaux Wine vintage – An interesting vintage with some stunning Bordeaux wines that were produced in the northern Medoc appellations of Pauillac and Saint Estephe. Some strong wines were produced in St. Emilion from heavy limestone soils. Avoid 2003 Pomerol wines. The vintage lacks consistency. But at the top end, 2003 Bordeaux wines are stunning. Sauternes was also strong in this vintage. Drink or hold. 93 Pts

2002 Bordeaux Wine vintage – The best wines were produced in the Medoc. This is an average vintage with a lot of wines that can be bought for fair prices. But there is an under ripe quality to the wines that will become more pronounced as the years go on. Drink or hold. 89 Pts

2001 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A nice charming vintage. The best wines came from Pomerol and St. Emilion as well as Sauternes. Many of the wines are ready to drink. 92 Pts

2000 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A stunning vintage which produced great wines with opulent character, freshness and purity from every red Bordeaux wine appellation. This is the type of vintage Bordeaux lovers can never have enough of in their cellars. It might look expensive today, but when these wines mature, prices will be much higher. Drink or hold 100 Pts

1999 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Rapidly maturing wines of decent quality. This is not a year for long term cellaring as almost every wine was ready to drink. 86 Pts

1998 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Sublime Bordeaux wine was produced in Pomerol and St. Emilion. The Medoc was mixed. Pessac Leognan offers good wines. Strong wines are harder to find in the Left Bank. The best Right Bank wines are not quite at the level of 2000, but they sell for uch less money and they are delicious. This is a vintage to buy. Drink or hold. 92 Pts

1997 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Early maturing and expensive on release, every wine is now mature and ready to drink. Sauternes produced wines of quality as well. Drink. 85 Pts

1996 Bordeaux Wine vintage – The wines from the Medoc in this vintage can be stunning! The wines are much better in the Left Bank, where the Cabernet Sauvignon excelled. Avoid Pomerol and St. Emilion. Drink or hold. 89 Pts

1995 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Tannic and austere, this vintage is better suited for fans of old school, traditional styled wine. The wines from the Right Bank, Pomerol and St. Emilion are perhaps slightly more successful. Drink or hold 90 Pts

1994 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Lean, slightly green and not exciting. Merlot based wines were better in this year. Drink 87 Pts

1993 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Early drinking vintage that is in decline. Drink 85 Pts

1992 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A poor rain plagued vintage that should be avoided. 70 Pts

1991 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A bad vintage that should not be purchased. 65 Pts

1990 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Great wines produced in a beautiful style from every appellation. At 20, most are ready to drink, but can be aged for more complexity. The petit chateaux should have been drunk up a few years ago.  The wines have a richness and roasted character, with round textures and a beautiful, ripe, purity of fruit.  The vintage is consistent on both banks. 96 Pts

1989 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Stunning wines from both banks were produced. With the exception of the perfect, legendary Haut Brion, the First Growths were not the top wines. Many of the wines are ripe, rich and silky.  The vintage lacks consistency.  It’s better in Pomerol than St. Emilion.  Most wines are drinking great at 20 years after the vintage. Drink or hold. 95 Pts

1988 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Good but not great year that allowed consumers to drink this while waiting for 1989 and 1990 to mature. The wines are not developing as well as people had hoped. Some have developed a green, herbal or olive sensation. Merlot based wines were more successful. Drink 89 Pts

1987 Bordeaux Wine vintage – The majority of wines are already in decline. Drink 82 Pts

1986 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A hard tannic year with an austere personality that still requires aging. Cabernet Sauvignon based wines were the most successful. Drink or hold. 88 Pts

1985 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Charming Bordeaux wines from both banks that are fully mature. 90 Pts Drink

1984 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A poor vintage that is over the hill. Drink 80 Pts

1983 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Fully mature, most wines are now in a slow decline. Margaux and Sauternes were the best appellations. Drink 87 Pts

1982 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A stunning vintage with a great style that ushered in the modern age of Bordeaux and Robert Parker. The wines were great from both banks in every appellation. Most wines are fully mature. If well stored, the better wines will improve with additional cellaring. Pauillac, Saint Julien and Pomerol were the most successful appellations. Drink or hold. 96 Pts

1981 Bordeaux Wine vintage – An early drinking vintage that is in decline. Drink 84 Pts

1980 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Avoid these bad over the hill wines. 70 Pts

1979 Bordeaux Wine vintage – These were fine, early drinking Bordeaux wines 10-15 years ago. Today, with the exception of ChateauLafleur, they are all in decline. Drink 84 Pts

1978 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Dubbed the miracle vintage, these Bordeaux wines were all better 10 years ago. Drink 85 Pts

1977 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Not good when released, they are worse today. 70 Pts

1976 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A hot, draught year that produced very few good wines. Drink – 80 Pts

1975 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A hard, brutal, tannic year. In most cases, the tannins outlived the fruit. Pomerol is the best in this difficult vintage. Drink or hold 84 Pts

1974 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Save your money. 65 Pts

1973 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A poor vintage. 65 Pts

1972 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Avoid this poor year. 65 Pts

1971 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A good year for Pomerol and a few Left Bank wines. Even the best of these wines are fully mature and should be drunk up sooner than later. Drink 85 Pts

1970 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Some nice wines were produced in Pomerol and the Medoc. Most of these wines need to be opened now. Drink 87 Pts

1969 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Avoid these wines. 60 Pts

1968 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Buy and drink these wines at your peril. 60 Pts

1967 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A mixed vintage that was better 20 years ago. Other than Chateau d’Yquem, there is no reason to hold any of these wines. Drink 80 Pts

1966 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Some nice Bordeaux wines came from this vintage in the Medoc. With the possible exceptions of ChateauPalmer and Chateau Latour and a few others, the wines will not improve and should be drunk up. Drink. 86 Pts

1965 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Avoid these wines. 50 Pts

1964 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Not very good for the Left Bank. Numerous Right Bank wines were produced that are still showing well today. Pomerol is better than Saint Emilion. 83 Pts

1963 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Avoid these wines. 60 Pts

1962 Bordeaux Wine vintage – I have not tasted many 1962 wines. They exist in the shadows of the legendary 1961 vintage. Considered better than average from experienced tasters, it’s worth trying a bottle if you see one with decent provenance. Drink 87 Pts

1961 Bordeaux Wine vintage – A legendary Bordeaux vintage. Big, concentrated and tannic in their youth, numerous great wines were produced in the Medoc, the Right Bank and Pessac Leognan. If well stored, many of these wines are still offering great pleasure today. Latour, Haut Brion and Mouton Rothschild can still improve! Drink or hold. 96 Pts

1960 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Avoid these wines. 60 Pts

1959 Bordeaux Wine vintage – Sensual in style, these delicious Bordeaux wines were supple in their youth. Consumers drank these while waiting for their 1961 Bordeaux wines to mature, so not many are available in the marketplace today. These outstanding wines are worth seeking out to understand why people age wines for decades. Drink or hold 95 Pts

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