As I taste wines and make tasting notes I also update the vintage charts and vintage reports. The vintage reports cover recent vintages, as they develop towards maturity.The vintage reports are based on all my experience with the vintage in question, and not only the bottles mentioned in the tasting notes here on this site.
As with all vintage charts .. this represents the vintage on average – and the maturity of the individual wines will depend on both producer, the terroir and level + the vintage.For a detailed explanation of the vintage chart – check the bottom of this page.
Always remember – keep the great wines for maturing – they do offer even a small part of the potential when they are young.
|2017||Fine||Young||Taste||Lovely fruity wines – some variation due to high yields|
|2016||Fine to Outstanding+||Young||Keep||Large variation in style and quality – in some cases GREAT|
|2015||Very Fine+ to Extraordinary||Young||Keep||Rich, generous and in some cases GREAT|
|2014||Very Fine||Young||Keep||Classic and delicate wines|
|2013||Average to Very Fine+||Young||Taste||Somewhat rustic wines – bitter tannins in some|
|2012||Fine to Very Fine||Young||Taste||Rich and generous vintage|
|2011||Very Good||Maturing||Drink||Forward and fine – some slightly green|
|2010||Legendary||Young||Taste||Cool and Classic wines|
|2009||Outstanding||Maturing||Taste||Rich and hot year – high alcohol in some wines|
|2008||Very Good||Maturing||Drink||Acidity driven wines – some dilute|
|2007||Very Good||Maturing||Drink||Forward and charming – bit superficial|
|2006||Good to Very Good||Maturing||Drink||Showing better and better – a positive surprise|
|2005||Outstanding to Extraordinary||Youthfull||Drink||Big and intense – somewhat sturdy wines|
|2004||Good||Matured||Drink||Classic and delicate wines|
|2003||Poor to Very Good||Maturing||Taste||Hot year – many overripe wines|
|2002||Very Fine to Outstanding||Matured||Taste||Forward and charming wines|
|2001||Very Good to Fine||Matured||Taste||Somewhat sturdy and rustic wines|
|2000||Good||Fully matured||Drink||Forward and quite lightfooted vintage|
|1999||Outstanding||Maturing||Taste||Weigthy and slightly hot – high quality|
|1998||Very Good||Mature||Drink||Somewhat rustic lacking definition and transparency|
|1997||Very Good||Fully Mature||Drink||Light and forward year|
|1996||Very Good to Very Fine||Mature||Drink||Rustic wines with plenty of acidity|
|1995||Very Good to Fine||Mature||Drik||Many edgy and hard wines|
|1994||Poor||Mature/in decline||Avoid||The last really poor vintage in Burgundy|
|1993||Very Good to Very Fine||Mature||Drink||Somewhat rustic and tannic wines – more refined than 1995|
|1992||Good to Very Good||Fully Mature||Drink||Fruity and forward wines|
|1991||Fine to Very Fine||Mature||Drink||Focused and quite refined wines|
|1990||Outstanding to Extraordinary||Mature||Drink||Big wines – slightly hot year|
Explanations to the vintage chart:
Rating: Rating of the quality – Winehog Scale
Maturity: Young, Matured, Mature, Fully Mature, in decline.
Keep: Should the wine be cellared or consumed.
Taste: Could the wine be expected to bring pleasure if tasted now.
Drink: Can the wine be consumed now with pleasure.
Recommended: Is the vintage recommendable for purchase now.
The Winehog Rating Scale
I don’t really like points .. as they indicate a precise quality level for a product where bottle variation and other factors can and will give some differences in the perceived quality. I have therefore choosen my own scale with some – in my view – meaningful intervals.
- – Legendary (99 – 100 pts)
- – Extraordinary (97 – 98)
- – Outstanding (95 – 96)
- – Very Fine (93 – 94)
- – Fine (91- 92)
- – Very Good (88 – 90)
- – Good (85 – 87)
- – Above Average (80 – 84)
- – Average (75 – 79)
- – Below Average(70 – 74)
- – Poor (50 – 69)
- The 2015 vintage – variations of greatness June 22, 2016
- Frost damage – one devestating night May 4, 2016
- Vintage Report – Burgundy 2013 vintage – update March 2015 March 22, 2015
- Vintage Report Burgundy 2013 – Update November 2014 November 8, 2014
- Initial impressions of the Burgundy 2013 vintage May 11, 2014