Vintages guide by year

Guide of the vintages since 2002 - wines of France
2002   Burgundy is the big winner of this 2002 vintage. The red wines, as well as the whites, are in a very large majority very well made, well balanced, to keep. Some come close to excellence. Bordeaux has also experienced climatic conditions, admittedly dry, but with usual temperatures. With more sunshine, the 2002 vintage would have...
2002   Burgundy is the big winner of this 2002 vintage. The red wines, as well as the whites, are in a very large majority very well made, well balanced, to keep. Some come close to excellence. Bordeaux has also experienced climatic conditions, admittedly dry, but with usual temperatures. With more sunshine, the 2002 vintage would have been exceptional in Bordeaux. Elsewhere, the 2002 vintage was marked by climatic conditions that were difficult to manage and even execrable at the end of the harvest, particularly in Languedoc. On the other hand, the wines of the Southwest have come close to the fantastic trilogy after 2 exceptional vintages, but the 2002 vintage is still very good, especially for sweet wines. To forget for Provence and Alsace     2003   The 2003 vintage was marked by the heat wave that struck in France from June to August. The wines produced are exceptional in all wine-growing regions. The reds have taken on accents and tints of the south of France, with however typical of their terroirs and the work of the vine growers. The wines of the 2003 vintage were immediately charming, with notes very confit, sometimes caramelized, roasted. Hence, wines lacked of acidity, not allowing them the long keeping that was expected. This has not been mastered by all areas, overtaken by events, drought and very high temperatures. Those who did not change their habits were the most affected. But overall wines are beautiful, although different and atypical. Red wines from the "northern" regions of France seem to be closer to the Maury, Banyuls and other Roussillon wines, than their appellation. This 2003 vintage is also a winemaker vintage.   Bordeaux and Burgundy are for the most part sumptuous. As for the regions of the Rhone and Southeast, accustomed to these heats, they have taken advantage of these extreme climatic conditions. Elsewhere the wines will not keep more, except in exceptional cases. But what a treat.     2004   The 2004 vintage ensures a return to normal after a 2003 vintage marked by drought and wines atypical and yet wonderful. The wines of the 2004 vintage are more balanced and more classical . It is an excellent vintage in Champagne. Similarly, the wines of the South-West and the Loire are of a very good balance and the wines of Bordeaux well worked most of the time. This fact is valid for the whole of the French vineyard: this is called a vintage that is easy to bottle. So much the better.     2005   Exceptional. Breathtaking. ANTHOLOGICAL! This is how some people agree to describe the 2005 vintage, as conditions have been favorable to a beautiful development of the vine. Result: Bordeaux in the lead, the wines are deep, rich, refined. The conjunction of the talent of the winemakers and of this nature (finally) clemente made of the vintage 2005, The great success of the years 2000. No region has remained in the shadows. In Champagne, many exceptional vintage were born. In Burgundy, the red wines of Côte de Nuits come close to perfection in certain areas. And what about the wines of the northern Rhone? Opulent and of an incomparable aromatic richness.     2006   The 2006 vintage is one of those vintages that recognize the talent of the vine growers: Changing climatic conditions, sometimes in the right direction, sometimes not. Thus in Alsace, the 2006 vintage was saved in extremis by rigorous and conscientious winegrowers. Similarly in Burgundy, where it is necessary to make a "sorting" in the offer, both the differences can be important between the quality of the wines in the same appellation. On the other hand, Bordeaux wines and especially Sauternes wines (Yquem in the lead, which explains the soaring market price), are of a very high quality. The wines of Provence, Corsica and Roussillon are just fabulous, rich and full-bodied as you like them.     2007   The 2007 vintage is generally successful. Exceptional for the sweet wines of Bordeaux, it is also a great vintage for the sweet wines of the Southwest and the wines of Alsace. The regions of the South-East and Roussillon are also experiencing favorable climatic conditions in 2007 and continue on their good momentum. More complicated, even difficult in Burgundy, Rhône or Champagne, this 2007 vintage is rather successful. There are even very fine wines in Bordeaux and on the Côte de Nuits.   2008   Very good vintage in Alsace, excellent in Champagne, the 2008 vintage is superior to the 2007 vintage for the entire French vineyard, and especially for Bordeaux wines (except the sweet wines, exceptional in the previous vintage). Do not get me wrong: the fact that there are still wines of the 2008 vintage on sale while the 2009 are starting to really get scarce, is explained by the incredible enthusiasm for the 2009 vintage. But the quality is indeed the. On the other hand, the red wines of Burgundy are a little austere, Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune confused, while the whites are already drinking. In other regions, climatic conditions have hampered the winemakers: know-how and experience saved the most competent. In Beaujolais, this 2008 vintage is to be forgotten.     2009   Simply exceptional for the wines of Bordeaux and South-West, grandiose in Burgundy, the 2009 vintage was very good throughout the French vineyard. From the Provence to the Loire, via the Rhône and the Jura, the quality of the wines is undeniable. Nothing exceptional in Alsace, but the 2009 vintage remains one of the best of the decade, with Grands Crus gourmands at will. In the south-west the red wines are large, the sweet wines are exceptional.     2010   A vintage 2010 with the scenario « catastrophe » in Champagne, since after an encouraging year, the climatic conditions spoiled the harvest by a lack of maturity of the grapes. Idem, in Alsace where the know-how of the winegrowers allowed some to leave satisfactory cuvées, without more. On the other hand, Bordeaux's wines and sweet wines have had a very great year, comparable to 2007, or sometimes exceeding this mythical vintage. The southern and southeastern regions also benefited from difficult but eventually favorable climatic conditions. The vineyards of Burgundy have had a complex year, but the quality of the wines is undeniable and homogeneous in the Rhône and Beaujolais, very close to that of 2009. In Burgundy, the 2010 vintage, A period of "small harvest", which explains that prices have sometimes i ncredibly increased .     2011   A 2011 vintage difficult in some areas. At issue: extreme weather conditions from the beginning of the year (too much heat, then cold, rain and storms). Some regions such as the Beaujolais, the south of the Rhone, or the Roussillon and the Bergeracois have experienced one of their best years. Elsewhere, skills and work provide the vineyard, and then in the winery have been the pledge of great successes. There is no mystery ...     2012   A delicate 2012 vintage overall. Some regions such as Champagne, Burgundy, or the Rhone region were more lucky. Elsewhere, the skills and work provided to the vineyard, then in the winery were the pledge of beautiful successes, especially in Bordeaux.     2013   A relatively good 2013 vintage overall despite difficult weather and the first feelings of the profession. No region has really done well, but the best winegrowers were able to produce wines worthy of their appellation.   2014   2014 is a heterogeneous, complicated vintage. It was, however, saved in most parts of France by hot and sunny September and October, with just enough rain to allow the vines to produce fully mature grapes.   2015   Overall, 2015 was a particularly qualitative year, with mild and balanced weather conditions. These allowed, in Burgundy or Bordeaux, in the Rhone valley as in Provence, to obtain an impressive maturity of the grapes. The quality of the wines of the 2015 vintage in France goes from good to exceptional according to the regions: none has lagged behind.

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