The 2002 vintage was very much hit and miss around the world with a few regions performing well and others badly but the vast majority were strictly average. Bordeaux was good but not great and, like much of Europe, experienced a cool, damp year.
The 2001 vintage enjoyed great success in both the old and new world. For Bordeaux, 2001 was a mixed vintage with many of the reds suffering in contrast to the stellar 2000 vintage. Sauternes, however, was a different story and enjoyed a spectacular year, Château d’Yquem is particularly noteworthy.
The 1997 vintage was not a good year for dry Bordeaux but it was a sweet success for its little sister, Sauternes. Burgundy, the Rhône Valley, Champagne and Alsace were good but not great. However, the real star of the vintage was Italy, with both Piedmont and Tuscany producing some excellent wines.
The 1992 vintage was, in many respects, a case of the good, the bad and the ugly. First to the ugly: much of Europe was plagued with rain and rot, claiming both Bordeaux and the Rhône Valley as casualties. Italy also struggled, with many producers choosing to declassify their Barolo and Barbaresco.
For Bordeaux, the 1987 vintage was sadly blighted by rain however both Italy and Spain, especially, enjoyed very good vintages. However, the real star of the vintage was probably California which produced some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon. Port was also very good.
The 1982 vintage was spectacular for several regions including both Bordeaux and Champagne. Both banks of Bordeaux produced some stunning wines and some, particularly from the Left, may still be developing even now. Champagne enjoyed, without doubt, a legendary vintage.
Declared by all the major houses, 1977 was a fantastic year for Port and many will be drinking very well now. The year was also very good for Italy but sadly it was one of the worst years for Bordeaux which suffered from bad weather and frosts.
1972 Bordeaux were mostly easy-drinking wines with few able to stand the test of time. Both Sauternes and Barsac were excellent but Burgundy was so-so, the Italian vintage was tiny and Port went undeclared. However, some great music was produced with the Rolling Stones and David Bowie releasing pivotal albums.
The 1952 Bordeaux vintage enjoyed a warm, steady growing season but these balmy conditions changed during the harvest, when cold and rain set in. Overall, the Right Bank fared best, with some good wines from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. Some very good Barolo was also made, but the Port vintage was small and undeclared.
Vintage Chart Beta
This chart shows the average scores derived from >40 respected critics from whom we collect scores. It covers all regions from which we have data and goes back as far as 1900. The use of aggregated scores means that even small changes between vintages can represent a meaningful difference in quality. We hope you find it useful in restaurants, wine shops and when stocking your cellar.