March 02, 2016

Making the right choice when provision wines can be a daunting task. Our vintage charts can be used as a guide to help you through the process. 

Vintage charts are broad generalisations, based on weather conditions leading up to, and during the harvest that year. And as such they should be considered in context. Gifted growers will often make excellent wine in lesser vintages, just as, in outstanding years, mediocrity can prove a stronger force even than Mother Nature. 

This chart is only relevant for wines of a quality that will improve with age.

10 Exceptional, 8 – 9 Excellent, 7 Very Good, 5 – 6 Good, 0 – 4 Fair to Poor

France 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978
Champagne 7 7 8 5 7 7 8 6 10 4 6 6 8 7 8 9 5 6 7 4 10 9 8 4 6 9 7 9 7 4 6 5
Red Bordeaux 8 6 8 8 10 10 8 6 8 10 7 8 7 8 10 7 8 5 9 8 5 4 3 5 10 9 8 5 8 8 5 7 10 6 4 7 7
White Bordeaux 7 7 7 8 7 7 8 7 8 9 7 9 5 10 7 8 8 9 10 9 6 2 4 4 10 9 10 5 8 7 5 9 7 6 6 7 4
Red Burgundy 8 9 8 9 9 7 6 7 10 5 8 9 7 7 9 8 7 9 8 4 9 6 8 10 9 8 6 6 9 4 7 5 6 7 6 9
White Burgundy 7 8 8 9 8 7 7 8 8 7 6 9 7 9 8 7 8 8 8 7 8 8 6 8 8 7 6 8 8 4 7 7 4 6 6 7
Chablis 8 9 8 10 7 8 8 7 9 6 7 9 7 8 7 7 8 9 9 6 6 8 5 10 8 7 5 7 7 4 7 6 8 6 6 7
Loire 7 7 7 8 9 7 8 8 7 10 8 8 9 7 8 7 7 9 9 10 6 4 5 8 10 10 9 6 8 9 4 7 8 6 5 6 6
Rhone 7 8 8 6 10 9 7 9 7 9 6 7 5 9 9 7 9 6 7 9 6 8 5 7 10 9 8 5 8 9 5 9 8 5 6 7 10
Alsace 7 7 8 7 9 8 8 9 7 10 7 7 9 5 8 7 8 9 8 9 6 8 7 5 10 10 8 5 7 8 5 9 5 7 4 6 5

 

Italy 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978
Piedmont 9 8 9 9 7 9 9 9 8 10 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 10 9 7 8 5 5 10 10 8 7 8 9 6 5 9 7 4 6 5
Tuscany 8 7 8 10 8 8 9 10 8 9 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 8 9 7 7 6 6 10 6 10 7 8 9 6 7 7 6 5 8 10
Veneto 9 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 8 9 9 7 8 8 8 9 9 8 8 8 8 6 6 9 8 9 8 8 8 6 7 8 7 7 8 6

 

Spain 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978
Rioja 7 8 9 10 9 9 9 8 9 9 8 6 9 7 8 8 8 7 9 8 6 6 5 8 7 7 9 7 7 6 7 10 9 7 6 9
Ribera del Duero 8 9 9 10 9 9 9 8 8 9 8 6 9 8 6 9 7 9 8 8 9 9 9 8
Priorat 8 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 10 9 9 8 8

 

USA 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978
Cal. Chardonay 9 9 7 8 8 9 8 8 8 9 9 9 7 8 9 8 10 9 10 7 9 9 8 8 6 7 7 8 9 8 8 7 7 7 7 8
Cal. Cabernet 10 9 6 8 9 9 9 8 9 8 8 9 9 7 9 7 10 9 9 10 8 8 9 10 6 6 9 9 9 9 7 6 8 7 8 9

 

Australia 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985 1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978
South 8 9 6 9 9 8 8 8 10 9 8 9 9 7 8 10 8 9 7 9 8 7 9 9 9 9 8 7 9 10 4 8 4 7 8 7
West 8 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 9 8 7 9 8 8 9 9 8 8 9 8

 

We are always on hand to guide you through the selection process. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need some help or advise.

Here’s a peek at the great older vintages from around the world:

FRANCE

Pomerol/Saint-Émilion: 1989, 1985, 1982, 1978, 1970, 1964, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1947, 1945

Médoc: 1986, 1982, 1978, 1970, 1966, 1961, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1947, 1945

Graves: 1982, 1978, 1970, 1964, 1959, 1955, 1953, 1949, 1947, 1945

Sauternes: 1988, 1986, 1983, 1976, 1975, 1967

Red Burgundy: 1985, 1978, 1976, 1971, 1969, 1959, 1952, 1949, 1947, 1945

White Burgundy: 1986, 1983, 1982, 1978

Northern Rhône: 1985, 1983, 1978, 1970, 1961

Southern Rhône: 1985, 1983, 1981, 1978, 1967

Loire: 1985, 1978, 1976, 1971,1969, 1959, 1947

Alsace: 1985, 1983, 1975

Champagne: 1985, 1982, 1979, 1971, 1964

ITALY

Piedmont: 1989, 1985, 1982, 1978, 1971

Veneto: 1983, 1979, 1976, 1974, 1971, 1970

Tuscany: 1985, 1982, 1978, 1971

SPAIN

Catalonia: 1985, 1983, 1982, 1981

Rioja: 1985, 1982, 1981, 1970, 1968, 1964

Ribera del Duero: 1985, 1983, 1982, 1980, 1979, 1970, 1968, 1962

GERMANY

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer/Rheingau: 1983, 1976, 1975, 1971, 1959

PORTUGAL

Port: 1985, 1983, 1977, 1970, 1966, 1963, 1955, 1948, 1945

UNITED STATES

California Cabernet: 1987, 1984, 1978, 1974, 1968

Oregon Pinot Noir: 1983, 1980

Washington Reds: 1987, 1983, 1979, 1978

 


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