The great vintages

vintage wines



The term “vintage” is commonly associated with wine, although we can also speak of vintages for spirits (rum in particular), or even sardines in oil (!). When a year combines all the conditions (climatic, vinification, etc.), it is considered a great vintage.

In the case of wines, all bottles are vintage, but this is not the case for champagnes: only the best years are entitled to be vintage. This is a guarantee of quality, which is not necessarily the case for wine. So let’s take a look at the great vintages of French wine.

Let’s start with red Bordeaux, which has seen no fewer than 4 great vintages since the 2000s: 2000, 2005, 2009 and 2010. To a lesser degree, 2001 and 2003 are also considered great vintages.
For dry white Bordeaux, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 are all good years. For sweet white wines, 2001 and 2003 were great vintages, although 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 also deserve the honors.

As for Burgundy and its reds, the great vintages of the 3rd millennium are 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. In white Burgundy, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2012 are considered great vintages. The most interesting  for Rhône Valley wines are 2005 and 2009. However, we can also mention 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2012.


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