Vintages Matter

Note: The chart has been updated 7/14/2017 to include up to 2015 vintages.

In 2007 Hugh Johnson said that vintages don't matter anymore and I pretty much agreed.  His statement was more of a rebuke to the wine trade and its use of snobbery and insecurity of consumers to inflate prices.  This has been especially true of top Bordeaux wines but after a string of difficult years, there has been less emphasis on using vintage as a marketing tool. 

This is exactly why we should pay at least a little more attention to vintages.  The world is getting warmer but more importantly, the weather is getting more erratic. Our vintage chart is deliberately done in broad strokes on a 1 to 5 scale mainly because it's impossible to be precise for an entire region.  Unfortunately it can't do a very good job showing a mixed vintage, so when you see any vintage less than a 4, it makes sense to be a little cautious especially when purchasing expensive wines.

Wine Vintage Chart

If you would like to read more about how a vintage chart is made, here's the original story on The Making of a Vintage Chart




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May 30, 2015

The Porto 2000 square is 5, but colored orange. It should be colored red.

Best regards,
John Bernstein

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