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Tastings Index

Tastings Index

You can access all my vintage reports using the ‘vintages’ links in the menu above, but I also present lists for both Bordeaux and the Loire here, as well as all my other tasting reports and domaine/châteaux updates.

Bordeaux Vintages
  • Bordeaux 2019 (9/6/20) Ripe, fruit-rich and energetic wines.
  • Bordeaux 2018 (9/4/19) A vintage of rich, glossy and polished wines.
  • Bordeaux 2017 (17/4/18) The worst frost since 1991, but some very good wines.
  • Bordeaux 2016 (11/4/17, last updated 8/1/19) A superb vintage, with top quality wines.
  • Bordeaux 2015 (12/4/16, updated 7/8/18) A vintage divided by rain, but great in parts.
  • Bordeaux 2014 (7/4/15, last updated 11/12/18) A vintage with a cool character.
  • Bordeaux 2013 (8/4/14, last updated 9/1/18) The worst vintage in several decades.
  • Bordeaux 2012 (16/4/13, last updated 13/12/16) A vintage of extreme highs and lows.
  • Bordeaux 2011 (10/4/12, last updated 23/2/16) A complex vintage, of variable quality.
  • Bordeaux 2010 (12/4/11, last updated 22/1/13) A fine vintage of acidity and tannin.
  • Bordeaux 2009 (6/4/10, last updated 24/12/19) A voluptuous, velvet-textured vintage.
  • Bordeaux 2008 (7/4/09, last updated 11/9/18) The sequel to 2007; only better.
  • Bordeaux 2007 (8/4/08, last updated 29/8/17) The Hollywood Vintage.
  • Bordeaux 2006 (3/5/07, last updated 21/6/16) A success, with many good wines.
  • Bordeaux 2005 (4/5/06, last updated 10/3/15) A great vintage with many superb wines.
  • Bordeaux 2004 (6/11/06, last updated 1/7/14) A return to classicism for Bordeaux.
  • Bordeaux 2003 (25/10/05, last updated 29/7/16) Multiple Personality Disorder.
  • Bordeaux 2002 (1/3/11, last updated 15/11/17) A polarising vintage.
  • Bordeaux 2001 (21/7/06, last updated 16/2/18) A great vintage for Sauternes.
  • Bordeaux 2000 (18/6/13, last updated 26/6/18) The millennial vintage.
  • Bordeaux 1998 (17/6/04, last updated 9/8/12) A vintage of variable quality.
  • Bordeaux 1997 (12/2/03) An assessment of one of the weaker vintages of the 1990s.
  • Bordeaux 1996 (12/7/01, last updated 22/5/14) Classic wines from the left bank.
  • Bordeaux 1995 (2/3/10, updated 29/8/12) A broadly successful vintage on both banks.
  • Bordeaux 1994 (7/7/04, last updated 23/8/11) An under-rated vintage.
  • Bordeaux 1990 (14/5/03) A hot and dry year led to a bumper crop of great wines.
  • Bordeaux 1989 (21/5/00, updated 14/8/08) Another very successful vintage.
  • Bordeaux 1988 (21/5/00, updated 11/8/08) The first of a triumvirate of good vintages.
  • Bordeaux 1986 (7/2/01) This vintage has a reputation for tannin.
  • Bordeaux 1985 (18/9/02) A superb vintage for current drinking.
  • Bordeaux 1983 (7/11/00, updated 10/8/08) A classic vintage, great in Margaux.
  • Bordeaux 1982 (18/6/03, updated 19/8/08) Drinking beautifully at over 20 years of age.
  • Bordeaux 1981 (20/9/01) Including first growths and ‘super-seconds’.
  • Bordeaux 1975 (14/8/02) I find quality to be very patchy.
  • Bordeaux 1964 (10/10/00) Two clarets from a patchy vintage.
  • Bordeaux 1961 (15/6/07) A great vintage, but many wines tasted here were fading.
Loire Vintages
  • Loire 2019 (25/2/20) Frost again, but richly styled wines.
  • Loire 2018 (19/2/19) A ‘once-in-a-generation’ vintage.
  • Loire 2017 (27/2/18) More frost, but another fine vintage.
  • Loire 2016 (23/5/17, updated 5/5/20) Frost-bitten, but very good quality in the end.
  • Loire 2015 (9/2/16, updated 20/11/18) A rich vintage of exceptional quality.
  • Loire 2014 (17/2/15, updated 27/6/17) Fine quality in all regions and many styles.
  • Loire 2013 (25/2/14) Another difficult and complex vintage.
  • Loire 2012 (19/2/13) A complex vintage, with varied results.
  • Loire 2011 (13/3/12, updated 7/3/13) A trying vintage, for treading carefully.
  • Loire 2010 (17/5/11, updated 4/5/12) A very promising vintage across the board.
  • Loire 2009 (28/6/11, updated 20/8/19) A vintage featuring high quality wines.
  • Loire 2008 (15/1/13, updated 4/9/18) Frost sparks a spiralling decline in Muscadet.
  • Loire 2007 (19/12/17) A challenging vintage, marked by acidity.
  • Loire 2006 (8/5/12, updated 27/12/16) A trying vintage but with some good results.
  • Loire 2005 (25/1/11, last updated 22/9/20) The greatest…..since 1989, 1947 or 1921?
  • Loire 2003 (20/9/11, updated 18/12/18) The canicular vintage.
  • Loire 2002 (8/8/15, updated 14/11/17) A fine vintage for the entire Loire Valley.
  • Loire 1997 (10/10/17) A strong vintage, especially for sweeter styles.
Bordeaux Tasting Reports
Loire Tasting Reports
Bordeaux Châteaux Updates
Loire Domaine Updates
Odd Bottles
  • Loire: Notes on other wines from the Loire Valley.
  • Bordeaux: Notes on other wines from Bordeaux.
Ten Years On Tastings
Fifteen Years On Tastings
Twenty Years On Tastings
Twenty-Five Years On Tastings