Vintage Charts – update April 2013

I have now updated the vintage charts for red and white Burgundy. There are a few changes in the ratings, with 2010 being upgraded a notch – and some other older vintages are also adjusted slightly.

The 2012 vintage is included for the reds – based on the wines I tasted in March 2013. It looks like a outstanding or perhaps even Extraordinary vintage for the reds in Cote de Nuits. Even the few red Cote de Beaune wines I have tasted from the 2012 vintage are showing a lovely potential.

The 2011 reds remain on a Very Fine rating, while the white 2011s merrit an Outstanding rating. The harmonious whites from 2011 really deserve a lot of credit – they can’t quite match the power and weight of the white 2010s – but they are currently more harmonious than many white 2010s.

The white 2010s have been upgraded to “Outstanding to Extraordinary” – they are great – but need time to show the full potential – most whites 2010s are however already more harmonious, than when they arrived on the market in 2012.

Vintage Chart Red Burgundy

2012Outstanding to ExtraordinaryCask
2011Very FineTaste/KeepClassic
2010Extraordinary+Keep/TasteGreat Year
2009OutstandingKeep/TasteSomewhat dense
2007Very goodTaste/Keep
2006Very Good to FineTaste/Keep
2005ExtraordinaryKeepBig Wines
2004GoodTaste/DrinkGreen notes in some wines
2003Poor to FineTaste/KeepVery hot year
2001Very Good to FineTaste/Drink

Vintage Chart White Burgundy

2010Outstanding to ExtraordinaryKeep/TasteClassic
2009GoodTaste/KeepHot year
2006Average to GoodDrinkHigh alcohol and some premox problems
2005Very Fine+Taste/KeepPremox problems
2004OutstandingTaste/DrinkPremox problems
2003Poor to AverageAvoidVery hot year
2002Very Fine+DrinkPremox problems
2001Very Good+DrinkPremox problems
2000Very Fine+DrinkPremox problems
1999Fine+DrinkPremox problems

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