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Flashcards in Bordeaux Vintage Deck (51):
1

Bordeaux: 1959

Exceptional
Perfect weather - warm, sunny
Lush, easy drinking up front - much like 2009
Have aged very well, but are harder to find due to popularity and drinkability at release.

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Bordeaux: 1960

Abysmal
Destroyed by rain

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Bordeaux: 1961

Exceptional
Very warm, dry summer
Early harvest with low yields
Small, thick-skinned, deeply concentrated berries
Rich, tannic, ageworthy

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Bordeaux: 1962

Fair for still wine
Exceptional sweet wine

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Bordeaux: 1963

Abysmal
Cold, wet, rotted
Palmer declassified entire crop

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Bordeaux: 1964

Disaster vintage Left Bank and Sauternes
Excellent on Right Bank - harvested before devastating rains

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Bordeaux: 1965

Disaster vintage

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Bordeaux: 1966

Second best of the 1960's
Hard and tannic on release
Still drinking well now

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Bordeaux: 1967-1969

1967: Light, easy-drinking, over the hill, very good in Sauternes
1968: Disaster, Wettest year since 1951
1969: Similar

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Bordeaux: Great vintages of the 1960's

1961
1962 (Sauternes only)
1966 (by comparison)

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Bordeaux: Disaster vintages of the 1960's

1960
1963
1964
1965
1968
1969

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Bordeaux: 1970

Excellent
First good vintage since 1961
Big crop, heavy production

13

Bordeaux: 1972-1974

Series of disasters
Cold, wet, rainy

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Bordeaux: 1975

Only fair - hard and tannic - but best of a string of bad vintages
Exceptional in sauternes

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Bordeaux: 1977

Disaster vintage
The other worst vintage of the decade

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Bordeaux: Great vintages of the 1970's

1970
1975 (by comparison)

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Bordeaux: Disaster vintages of the 1970's

1972
1973
1974
1977

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Bordeaux: 1982

Vintage of the century
Phenomenal, perfect weather

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Bordeaux: 1983

Very good for dry wines
Spectacular for sweet wines - best since 1967

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Bordeaux: 1985

Exceptional
Particularly good on the right bank
Elegance over power

21

Bordeaux: 1986

Also Exceptional
Hot, very dry
"Traditional", high-tannin

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Bordeaux: 1987

Worst of the 1980's along with 1984
Harvest was totally rained out

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Bordeaux: 1988

Very poor and dilute red wines
Exceptional sweet wines (1st of 3 great vintages)

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Bordeaux: 1989

Exceptional
Very hot - hottest summer since 1949, earliest harvest since 1870's
Big crop, lots of power, lots of fruit
Exceptional for sweet wines as well

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Bordeaux: Great vintages of the 1980's

1982
1983 (especially Sauternes)
1985
1986
1988 (Sauternes only)
1989

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Bordeaux: Disaster vintages of the 1980's

1984
1987

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Bordeaux: 1990

Exceptional - vintage of the century v. 2
Record-breaking heat, sun, and rain
Similar to 1989; slightly more well-regarded

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Bordeaux: 1991-1992

A series of poor years
1991, 1992: Total disaster, across the board
1993: slightly better, but not much
1994: Mediocre, but optimism led to price inflation

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Bordeaux: 1995

Best of the last five years
BIG CROP
hard, tannic, somewhat charmless
similar to 1975

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Bordeaux: 1996

Exceptional
Best since 1990, better on the Left Bank
Pure, deep, concentrated wines
Very good sweet wines as well

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Bordeaux: 1997

Difficult year for dry wines
Very exceptional sweet wines

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Bordeaux: 1998

Excellent on the right bank: similar quality to 2000 but much better QPR
Left bank washed out by rain

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Bordeaux: 1999

Rainy and fraught by hail
Would have been a disaster but for modern winemaking philosophy and techniques

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Bordeaux: Great vintages of the 1990's

1990
1996
1997 (Sauternes only)
1998

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Bordeaux: Disaster vintages of the 1990's

1991
1992
1993

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Bordeaux: 2000

Exceptional across the board
First great vintage for both banks since 1990

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Bordeaux: 2001

Spectacular for sweet wine
Right Bank very good, especially now
Left bank wines are somewhat dilute

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Bordeaux: 2002

"Classic" - somewhat green and underripe
But the pricing is reasonable

39

Bordeaux: 2003

Heat Wave Vintage
Best wines are from cooler and/or more clay heavy appellations

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Bordeaux: 2004

Huge crop - very high yields
Ladybug vintage - some complaints of greenness
Drink now

41

Bordeaux: 2005

Vintage of the century - exceptional across the board
Generally hot and dry with just the right amount of rain
Record upticks in price

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Bordeaux: 2006

Hard, tannic, and austere vintage
Good wine made through rigorous sorting
Very wet September

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Bordeaux: 2007

Soft, pleasant, easy drinking
Gratuitously overpriced as futures
Exceptional for sweet wine

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Bordeaux: 2008

Very long, cool, sunny, dry summer
Very late harvest - up to 160 days of hang time for some (v. 100 average)
First vintage to hit once the Asian market blew up

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Bordeaux: 2009

Exceptional across the board
Rich, opulent, well-fruited

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Bordeaux: 2010

Also exceptional, but more tannic, structured, less drinkable now. Very powerful. Will age.
Drought year = high extract

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Bordeaux: 2011

Difficult year, very small yields
Fresh and aromatic, less concentrated, drink now
Big botrytis year - excellent in Sauternes

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Bordeaux: 2012

Hot, dry summer delayed ripening (shutdown)
Very late harvests, affected by rain
Rigorous sorting necessary

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Bordeaux: 2013

Extremely difficult weather -
rainstorms, rainstorms, rainstorms, hail, wind, etc.
Very low yields - most of the crop was destroyed or unusable.

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Bordeaux: 2014

Better than the 3 previous years -
warm and sunny at harvest, yields are up, and the grapes are likely in better condition.

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Bordeaux: 20th Century Exceptional Vintages

1899
1900
1921
1928 (high tannin, austere)
1929
1934
1937 (Sauternes only)
1945
1947 (especially Right Bank)
1949
1953