Return to All Regions. Vintage ratings:classic;outstanding;very good;good;mediocre;not recommended. Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.
Decanter has published its ratings and tasting notes for the 'exceptional' Bordeaux vintage. In an vintage that has seen unprecedented alcohol levels, questions of over-ripeness and debate over consistency across the communes, we detail the best wines from a vintage Steven Spurrier described as "the best of his lifetime. Welcome to decanter.
Wine Chronicles. By Panos Kakaviatos for wine-chronicles. Once in bottle, I can be more certain of what the wine is as a final product, hence the stress on approximate hyphenated scores.
Bordeaux refers to a wine from Bordeaux, France. Both grapes are originated from Bordeaux. This article will introduce you to Bordeaux wine including tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, and key details to know. Again, the best way to understand this is to hope on in one of our van for a wine tour!
Most of the hands-on chores in the vines have been done, and vineyard managers can take their annual August holiday before the harvest preparations begin in earnest. Speaking of stock, the flowering took place in June and the grapes and bunches evolved in the ensuing weeks, so we have a clue as to how the volumes might look, all being well. This month, in fact, the French Ministry of Agriculture released its estimates of the size of the crop across France based on conditions to date.
To give you an idea of their size, they have a two-billion euro turnover — more than the leading French merchant, Castel — two thirds of which is on export markets, and employ some 3, people. The purchase of Cambon la Pelouse marks the first time a major Australian firm has invested in Bordeaux. The wines retail in French supermarkets for euros a bottle.
But if you were only allowed to choose five, then the vintages on this list would be part of the conversation. When it comes to Bordeaux, buying the vintage is often seen as a significant consideration. Bordeaux has a temperate oceanic climate, with cool winters thanks to its close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and the cooling effect of the westerly winds.
Frost is the major headline for Bordeaux inresulting in the lowest yield in over 25 years across the region. What was left of the crop had very mixed fortunes. Even though some very good wines were made, and quantities were limited, this is a vintage that failed to sell well en primeur.
Back to French Vintage Chart. The vintage chart and harvest reports provided by the Wine Scholar Guild gives you the ranking for every French wine region and vintage from to today. Andrew Jefford, award-winning wine journalist for Decanter Magazine and author of twelve books on wine including The New France has compiled information and written the vintage charts starting with the vintage. He is also updating information for the vintages prior to