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Vintage Chart

This Vintage Chart is provided as a guide for you. Vintage charts are always approximations. First, the regions invite the broadest of generalizations. Second, the best wine growers can often deliver little gems when the rest produce less than stellar wines. As with vintage charts, the maturity advisor is only a guide. Again, we are making the broadest generalizations. Different wine lovers have different expectations: some want more fruit, some more complexity. Also, bottles from older vintages can be highly variable due to cellaring differences and other circumstances. As always, we urge you to taste for yourself, keep an open mind and trust your own palate.

The following keys are used to evaluate the vintages and their maturity:

10 Exceptional A Should be aged more
8-9 Excellent B Already good, better examples can improve further
7 Very Good C Ready to drink
5-6 Good D Danger that many wines are becoming too old
0-4 Fair to Poor Not rated

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  FRANCE
  Bordeaux Red Sauternes Burgundy Red Burgundy White Alsace Northern Rhône Southern Rhône Loire Champagne
1973 5 D 6 D 6 D 8 D 8 D 7 D 7 D 6 D 8 D
1974 4 D 4 D 7 D 7 D 6 D 7 D 7 D 5 D 5 D
1975 9 D 9 C 5 D 6 D 8 D 6 D 6 D 7 D 9 C
1976 7 D 7 C 9 D 8 D 10 C 8 D 8 D 8 C 8 C
1977 4 D 3 D 5 D 6 D 7 D 5 D 5 D 2 D 3 D
1978 7 C 7 D 9 C 8 D 9 D 8 C 8 C 8 D 7 D
1979 7 C 6 C 7 D 7 D 8 D 6 D 6 D 6 D 8 C
1980 5 D 7 C 6 D 6 D 7 D 8 D 8 D 5 D 7 D
1981 7 C 7 C 7 D 7 D 7 D 7 C 7 C 6 D 8 D
1982 10 B 6 C 5 D 7 D 8 D 7 C 7 C 8 D 9 C
1983 8 B 9 B 8 C 7 C 10 C 8 B 8 B 9 C 7 C
1984 4 D 4 C 6 D 6 D 6 D 7 D 7 D 7 D 4 D
1985 9 B 7 B 6 C 9 C 9 B 9 B 7 C 7 C 9 B
1986 9 B 9 B 6 C 8 C 7 C 7 C 7 C 7 C 7 C
1987 6 C 6 C 7 C 6 D 7 C 7 C 6 C 7 C 5 D
1988 8 B 10 B 9 B 7 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 C 9 B
1989 9 B 10 B 9 C 9 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 9 C 8 B
1990 10 B 10 B 10 B 9 C 9 B 9 B 10 B 10 C 10 B
1991 5 C 5 C 7 C 5 C 6 D 9 B 5 C 5 D 6 C
1992 5 C 5 C 6 C 8 B 7 C 5 C 4 C 6 C 7 B
1993 6 B 5 C 9 B 6 C 8 B 4 C 4 C 7 C 8 B
1994 7 B 5 C 7 C 8 C 9 B 8 B 7 B 8 C 7 B
1995 9 B 7 B 8 B 10 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 C 9 A
1996 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 7 B 9 C 10 A
1997 6 B 9 B 8 C 9 B 9 B 7 B 8 B 10 C 7 B
1998 8 A 7 A 7 C 7 C 9 B 9 B 10 B 8 C 7 B
1999 7 B 6 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 10 A 9 B 7 C 8 A
2000 10 A 6 A 7 B 7 A 8 B 9 A 9 A 8 C 8 A
2001 8 A 10 A 8 B 7 B 9 B 9 A 9 A 8 C 6 B
2002 7 A 7 A 9 B 9 A 9 A 7 B 5 B 9 B 9 A
2003 9 A 8 A 8 B 7 A 6 A 9 A 9 A 9 B 7 A
2004 8 A 7 A 7 B 6 A 8 A 8 A 9 A 8 B 8 A
2005 10 A 9 A 10 A 9 A 9 A 9 A 10 A 9 B 7 A
2006 8 B 8 A 8 A 9 A 7 B 9 A 9 A 6 B
2007 7 B 9 A 7 B 8 A 9 B 8 A 10 A 8 B
2008 8 A 7 B 7 B 7 B 7 B
2009 10 A 10 A 9 B 8 B 7 C 10 A 9 A 9 C
2010 10 A 10 B 10 A 8 B

  GERMANY ITALY PORTUGAL SPAIN
  Rhine Mosel Piedmont Tuscany Veneto Port Douro Red Rioja Ribera del Duero Priorat
1973 6 D 6 D 6 D 5 D 8 C 7 C
1974 6 D 6 D 9 C 9 D 7 D 7 C
1975 8 D 9 C 5 D 9 C 8 D 7 C 9 C
1976 9 C 9 C 5 D 6 D 6 D 7 C
1977 4 D 5 D 6 D 9 C 8 C 10 B 5 D
1978 6 D 6 D 9 C 10 C 6 C 7 C 9 B
1979 7 D 7 D 8 C 8 C 8 C 6 C
1980 6 D 7 D 5 D 5 D 7 C 6 B 7 C
1981 7 D 7 D 6 D 6 D 7 C 9 C
1982 6 D 7 D 9 B 7 C 8 B 7 B 10 B
1983 9 B 9 B 5 D 7 C 7 B 8 B 7 C
1984 6 D 6 D 6 D 6 D 6 D 6 C
1985 7 B 7 B 9 B 9 C 8 B 9 C 7 C
1986 6 C 6 C 8 C 8C 8 C 7 C
1987 6C 6 C 7 C 7 C 8 C 8 B 9 B
1988 9 B 9 B 8 B 10 B 9 B 7 B
1989 9 B 9 B 10 B 6 C 8 B 7 B
1990 10 B 10 B 10 B 10 B 9 A 8 B 8 B
1991 6 C 6 C 5 C 6 C 6 B 9 A 5 C 9 B
1992 7 B 7 B 5 C 6 C 6 B 9 A 6 C 9 B
1993 6 B 8 B 8 B 7 B 8 B 6 C 9 B
1994 6 B 8 B 7 B 7 B 8 B 10 A 8 B 8 B
1995 7 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 9 A 9 B 8 B
1996 8 B 8 B 10 A 8 B 8 B 7 B 9 B
1997 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 10 A 8 B 7 B
1998 9 B 9 B 9 A 9 B 9 A 8 B 9 B
1999 9 B 10 C 9 A 9 B 8 A 8 B 6 B
2000 9 A 9 A 9 B 9 A 8 A 10 A 9 B 7 B 8 B 8 B
2001 9 A 9 A 9 A 9 B 8 A 8 B 7 B 9 B 9 B 8 B
2002 8 A 8 A 7 B 7 B 7 B 5 B 6 B 6 C 9 B
2003 8 A 8 A 8 A 8 A 9 A 10 A 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B
2004 9 A 9 A 10 A 9 A 9 A 9 A 8 B 9 B 9 B 10 B
2005 9 A 10 A 8 A 8 A 8 A 8 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B
2006 8 B 8 B 9 A 10 A 8 A 8 B 8 A 8 B
2007 8 B 9 A 9 A 10 A 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B
2008 9 B 9 A 9 A 8 B 9 A 8 B 9 A 9 A 9 B
2009 9 A 9 A 8 B 9 B 10 A 8 A 9 B 9 A 9 B
2010 8 B 8 B

  CANADA AUSTRALIA UNITED STATES CHILE ARGENTINA SOUTH AFRICA
  Niagara Peninsula South Australia Western Australia California Cabernet California Chardonnay Red Mendoza Red Red
1973 10 C 7 D 7 D
1974 3 D 9 C 8 D
1975 7 D 7 D 9 D
1976 10 C 8 D 8 D
1977 7 D 7 D 8 D
1978 7 D 9 C 8 D
1979 8 D 8 D 7 D
1980 8 D 7 C 7 C 7 D
1981 3 D 4 D 8 C 7 D
1982 6 D 8 C 6 D 7 D
1983 7 D 4 D 7 C 8 D
1984 4 D 10 B 9 B 8 D
1985 9 C 9 B 9 B 9 D
1986 4 D 7 C 9 C 8 D
1987 7 C 8 C 9 C 7 D
1988 9 C 9 B 6 C 7 D
1989 6 C 9 B 6 C 6 D
1990 9 B 9 B 10 B 8 C
1991 5 B 9 B 9 B 8 C
1992 8 B 7 C 8 B 9 C
1993 8 B 8 C 8 B 9 B 8 B
1994 7 B 9 B 8 B 10 B 7 B 7 C 8 C
1995 9 B 7 B 9 B 9 B 10 B 9 B 7 C
1996 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 8 B
1997 9 B 8 B 8 B 10 B 10 B 9 B 8 B 9 B
1998< 8 B 10 B 9 A 7 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B
1999 8 B 8 B 9 A 9 A 9 B 9 A 9 A 8 B
2000 7 B 7 B 8 A 7 B 8 A 8 A 9 A 9 A
2001 8 A 9 A 8 A 9 A 7 B 9 A 9 A 8 A
2002 8 A 9 A 9 A 9 A 9 B 8 A 10 A 6 A
2003 6 B 8 A 7 B 8 A 9 A 9 A 9 A 10 A
2004 8 A 9 A 8 B 8 A 9 A 8 A 8 A 8 A
2005 9 A 10 A 9 A 9 A 8 A 8 A 8 A 7 A
2006 8 A 7 A 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 A 8 B
2007 9 A 8 A 8 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 A 8 B
2008 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 A 8A 7A
2009 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 8A 9 B
2010 9 A