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||Outstanding||Young||Keep||Delightful wines and enjoyable wines|
|2016||Fine to Outstanding||Young||Keep||Somewhat mixed stylewise due to the frost.|
|2015||Fine||Young||Taste||Rich but charming wines|
|2014||Extraordinary||Young||Keep||Classic and very delicate wines|
|2013||Outstanding||Maturing||Taste||Somewhat rustic – but fine evergy|
|2012||Fine||Maturing||+||Drink||Rich and slightly dense vintage|
|2011||Very Fine+||Maturing||+||Drink||Forward and quite delicate vintage|
|2010||Extraordinary||Youthfull||++||Taste||Big vintage – powerful and expressive|
|2009||Fine||Maturing||++||Drink||Rich and quite hot year – quite dense wines|
|2008||Outstanding||Maturing||+||Drink||Acidity driven wines with tremendous energy|
|2007||Very Fine||Maturing||++||Drink||Classic linear wines|
|2006||Good||Maturing||++||Drink||Lacking some transparency and focus|
|2005||Very Fine||Maturing||++||Drink||Large variation in quality and maturity|
|2004||Very Fine||Maturing||++||Drink||Quite Classic|
|2003||Poor to Average||Mature||+||Avoid||Hot year – avoid|
|2002||Very Fine+||Matured||+++||Drink||Cool and quite classic|
|2001||Very Good||Mature||+++||Drink||Not the most refined vintage|
|2000||Very Fine||Mature||+++||Drink||Harmonious and elegant wines|
|1999||Fine+||Mature||+++||Drink||Fine harmonius wines|
|1998||Good+||Mature||+++||Drink||Lacking freshness and nerve|
|1997||Very Good||Mature/in decline||+++||Drink||Forward and harmonius but lacking class|
|1996||Outstanding||Mature||+++||Drink||Great acidity driven vintage|
|1995||Fine||Mature||??||Drink||Classic vintage .. hard wines|
|1994||Poor||Mature/in decline||?||Drink||The last really poor vintage in Burgundy|
|1993||Very Fine||Mature||?||Drink||Can be quite refined – very uneven quality|
|1992||Outstanding||Mature/in decline||?||Drink||Fruity and forward wines|
|1991||Not tasted recently||Mature/in decline||?||Drink||Not tasted recently|
|1990||Outstanding||Mature||?||Drink||Big and powerful wines|
Explanations to the vintage chart:
Rating: Rating of the quality – Winehog Scale
Maturity: Young, Matured, Mature, in decline.
Premox: +, ++, +++ – going from little to a lot!
Drink: Can the wine be consumed now with pleasure.
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