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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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1974 - 1986 REGION 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986
FRANCE Bordeaux Red 4 D 9 D 7 D 4 D 7 C 7 C 5 D 7 C 10 B 8 C 4 D 9 B 9 B
FRANCE Sauternes 4 D 9 C 7 D 3 D 7 D 6 C 7 C 7 C 6 C 9 B 4 C 7 B 9 B
FRANCE Burgundy Red 7 D 5 D 9 D 5 D 9 C 7 D 6 D 7 D 5 D 8 C 6 D 6 D 6 D
FRANCE Burgundy White 7 D 6 D 8 D 6 D 8 D 7 D 6 D 7 D 7 D 7 C 6 D 9 D 8 D
FRANCE Alsace 6 D 8 D 10 C 7 D 9 D 8 D 7 D 7 D 8 D 10 C 6 D 9 B 7 C
FRANCE Northern Rhτne 7 D 6 D 8 D 5 D 8 D 6 D 8 D 7 C 7 C 8 B 7 D 9 B 7 C
FRANCE Southern Rhτne 7 D 6 D 8 D 5 D 8 D 6 D 8 D 7 C 7 C 8 B 7 D 7 C 7 C
FRANCE Loire 5 D 7 D 8 C 2 D 8 D 6 D 5 D 6 D 8 D 9 D 7 D 7 D 7 D
FRANCE Champagne 5 D 9 C 8 D 3 D 7 D 8 D 7 D 8 D 9 C 7 C 4 D 9 B 7 C
GERMANY Rhine 6 D 8 D 9 C 4 D 6 D 7 D 6 D 7 D 6 D 9 B 6 D 7 C 6 C
GERMANY Mosel 6 D 9 C 9 C 5 D 6 D 7 D 7 D 7 D 7 D 9 B 6 D 7 C 6 C
ITALY Piedmont 9 C 5 D 5 D 6 D 9 C 8 C 5 D 6 D 9 B 5 D 6 D 9 B 8 C
ITALY Tuscany 9 D 9 C 6 D 9 C 10 C 8 C 5 D 6 D 7 C 7 C 6 D 9 C 8 C
ITALY Veneto 7 D 8 D 6 D 8 C 6 C 8 C 7 C 7 C 8 B 7 B 6 D 8 B 8 C
PORTUGAL Port _ 7 C _ 10 B 7 C _ 6 B _ 7 B 8 B _ 9 C _
PORTUGAL Douro Red _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
SPAIN Rioja 7 C 9 C 7 C 5 D 9 B 6 C 7 C 9 C 10 B 7 C 6 C 7 C 7 C
SPAIN Ribera del Duero _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
SPAIN Priorat _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
CANADA Ontario – – – – – – 8 D 3 D 6 D 7 D 4 D 9 C 4 D
AUSTRALIA South Australia 3 D 7 D 10 C 7 D 7 D 8 D 7 D 4 D 8 C 4 D 10 B 9 C 7 C
AUSTRALIA Western Australia _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
UNITED STATES California Cabernet 9 C 7 D 8 D 7 D 9 C 8 D 7 D 8 C 6 D 7 C 9 C 9 C 9 C
UNITED STATES California Chardonnay 8 D 9 D 8 D 8 D 8 D 7 D 7 D 7 D 7 D 8 D 8 D 9 D 8 D
CHILE Red _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
ARGENTINA Mendoza Red _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
SOUTH AFRICA Red – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

1987 - 1999 REGION 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
FRANCE Bordeaux Red 6 C 8 C 9 B 10 B 5 C 5 C 6 C 7 C 9 B 8 B 6 B 8 B 7 B
FRANCE Sauternes 6 C 10 B 10 B 10 B 5 C 5 C 5 C 5 C 7 B 8 B 9 B 7 B 6 B
FRANCE Burgundy Red 7 D 9 D 9 C 10 C 7 C 6 C 9 C 7 C 8 C 9 C 8 C 7 C 9 B
FRANCE Burgundy White 6 D 7 C 9 C 9 D 5 D 8 C 6 D 8 D 10 C 9 C 9 C 7 C 9 B
FRANCE Alsace 7 C 9 C 9 B 9 C 6 D 7 C 8 C 9 C 9 C 9 C 9 C 9 C 8 C
FRANCE Northern Rhτne 7 C 9 C 9 B 9 C 9 B 5 C 4 C 8 C 9 C 8 C 7 B 9 B 10 B
FRANCE Southern Rhτne 6 C 9 B 9 B 10 B 5 C 4 C 4 C 7 B 9 B 7 B 8 B 10 B 9 B
FRANCE Loire 7 D 8 D 9 D 10 D 5 D 6 D 7 D 8 D 8 D 9 D 10 D 8 D 7 D
FRANCE Champagne 5 D 9 B 8 B 10 B 6 C 7 B 8 B 7 B 9 B 10 B 7 B 7 B 8 B
GERMANY Rhine 6 C 9 B 9 B 10 B 6 C 7 B 6 B 6 B 7 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B
GERMANY Mosel 6 C 9 B 9 B 10 B 6 C 7 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 10 C
ITALY Piedmont 7 C 8 B 10 B 10 B 5 C 5 C 8 B 7 B 9 B 10 A 9 B 9 B 9 B
ITALY Tuscany 7 C 10 B 6 C 10 B 6 C 6 C 7 B 7 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B
ITALY Veneto 8 C 9 B 8 B 9 A 6 B 6 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 8 B
PORTUGAL Port 8 B _ _ _ 9 B 9 B _ 10 A 9 A _ 10 A _ _
PORTUGAL Douro Red _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
SPAIN Rioja 9 B 7 C 7 C 8 B 5 C 6 C 6 C 8 B 9 B 7 B 8 B 8 B 8 B
SPAIN Ribera del Duero _ _ _ 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 7 B 9 B 6 B
SPAIN Priorat _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
CANADA Ontario 7 C 9 C 6 C 9 B 5 C 8 C 8 C 7 C 9 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B
AUSTRALIA South Australia 8 C 9 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 7 C 8 C 9 B 7 B 9 B 8 B 10 B 8 B
AUSTRALIA Western Australia _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B
UNITED STATES California Cabernet 9 C 6 C 6 C 10 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 10 B 9 B 9 B 10 B 7 B 9 B
UNITED STATES California Chardonnay 7 D 7 D 6 D 8 C 8 C 9 C 9 C 7 C 10 B 9 B 10 B 8 B 9 B
CHILE Red _ _ _ _ _ _ 8 C 7 C 9 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 B
ARGENTINA Mendoza Red _ _ _ _ _ _ – 8 C 7 C 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B
SOUTH AFRICA Red – – – – – – – – – 8 B 9 B 9 B 8 B

 

2000 - 2011 REGION 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
FRANCE Bordeaux Red 10 B 8 B 7 B 9 B 8 B 10 A 8 B 7 B 8 B 10 A 10 A 7 A
FRANCE Sauternes 6 B 10 A 7 B 8 B 7 B 9 A 8 A 9 A 7 B 10 A 10 A 9 A
FRANCE Burgundy Red 7 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 7 B 10 A 8 B 7 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 7 B
FRANCE Burgundy White 7 B 7 B 9 B 7 B 6 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B
FRANCE Alsace 8 C 9 C 9 B 6 B 8 B 9 A 7 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 7 B
FRANCE Northern Rhτne 9 B 9 B 7 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 A 7 B 10 A 10 B 8 A
FRANCE Southern Rhτne 9 B 9 B 5 B 9 B 9 B 10 A 9 B 10 A 7 B 9 B 10 A 8 A
FRANCE Loire 8 D 8 C 9 C 9 C 8 C 9 C 6 C 8 C 7 B 9 C 8 B 7 B
FRANCE Champagne 8 B 6 B 9 A 7 B 8 A 7 A _ _ _ _ _ _
GERMANY Rhine 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 A 9 A 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 A 8 B 9 A
GERMANY Mosel 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 A 10 A 8 B 9 A 9 A 9 A 8 B 9 A
ITALY Piedmont 9 C 9 B 7 B 8 B 10 B 8 A 9 A 9 B 9 A 7 B 6 A 9 A
ITALY Tuscany 9 B 9 B 7 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 10 A 9 B 8 B 8 B 7 A 8 A
ITALY Veneto 8 B 8 B 7 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 7 A 8 A
PORTUGAL Port 10 A 8 B _ 10 A 9 A 8 B _ 10 A 9 A 10 A _ 10 A
PORTUGAL Douro Red 9 B 7 B 5 B 8 B 8 B 8 B _ 9 B 8 B 8 B 7 B 9 A
SPAIN Rioja 7 B 9 B 6 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 10 A 9 A
SPAIN Ribera del Duero 8 B 9 B 6 C 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 10 A 9 A
SPAIN Priorat 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 10 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 A 9 A
CANADA Ontario 7 B 8 B 8 B 6 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 6 B
AUSTRALIA South Australia 7 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 10 B 7 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 7 B
AUSTRALIA Western Australia 8 B 8 B 9 B 7 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B
UNITED STATES California Cabernet 7 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 6 B
UNITED STATES California Chardonnay 8 B 7 B 9 B 9 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 7 B
CHILE Red 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 8 A 8 A
ARGENTINA Mendoza Red 9 B 9 B 10 B 9 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 B 8 B 9 A 9 A
SOUTH AFRICA Red 9 B 8 B 6 B 10 A 8 B 7 B 8 B 8 B 8 B 9 B 7 B 8 B