All around the world, great oenologists and wine lovers agree with the unmistakable reputation of red wines from Bordeaux. The plurality of production years of this great wines and the search of most prestigious wines drive wine lovers to take an interest in the best vintages. After a short overview but explicit of what a vintage is, you will identify the best vintages of Bordeaux red wines.
What is a vintage?
Above all, it is a number that appears on the label of bottles of great wines. It indicates the year of harvest of the grapes used to produce a wine. In addition, the vintage informs you about the climatic conditions of the year in which a wine is produced. This allows you to appreciate a wine in a unique way in relation to its quality but above all, in relation to its age.
The best vintage of Bordeaux red wines
Classified as exceptional, the 2009 vintage gives you the opportunity to savour red wines of a quality worthy of kings. It was a year of extreme climatic fluctuations causing Bordeaux to have cool nights and rather hot days. These conditions have favoured the red wines as they have optimised the cultivation of the vines concerned by giving a very homogeneous flowering, grapes of impeccable maturity and wines of sensational purity. Among the best red wines of 2009, you will find “pauillac” and “saint-estèphe”. Powerful, rich, opulent and sensual wines that would lead even the most demanding taste buds to the height of satisfaction.
In general, the 2005 vintage bottles will remain a success. Marked by a prolonged drought and a notorious water deficit, this year saw light and warm rains in September. However, the presence of a radiant sunshine would have allowed us to reach a brilliant maturity and then, wines bursting with fruit and tannins with a perfect level of acidity. A 2005 would be an excellent choice if you are looking for a wine with a long evolution in bottle. The exceptional climatic conditions of 2005 justify the obvious excellence of the wines produced. Very full-bodied, strongly structured and straddling harmony and power, the wines of this atypical vintage would be far better in your mouth than in your dreams.
The 1990 vintage was, in quality and quantity, a real overall success with wines that are sapid, rich, very full-bodied and strongly structured. These wines are in full development of their sensory potential and could be found in very good cellars.
The 1982 vintage remains undeniably a general success both in quantity and quality. And this, with wines in full bloom and which will easily find their place in good cellars. They are rich, charming, very full-bodied and strongly structured. A 1982 red wine would be a wise choice when you want a light, tender and pleasant wine.
Very great vintage
The 2010 vintage was a general success. Even if it must be acknowledged that the storm Xynthia and a harsh winter were hurting the flowering in advance. This year’s summer changed the situation with sunny days and cool nights. This conditioned an excellent ripening of the grapes. Very full-bodied, rich, strongly structured and harmonious, the 2010 wines have the fruit of young wines and are therefore built for a very long ageing period in order to seduce great collectors of good wines for a long time.
The year 2000 was considered a great vintage and a general success. Concentrated, elegant, very full-bodied, strongly structured, this year’s Bordeaux wines are in full bloom. Worthy of pursuing their careers in good cellars, these are wines with exceptional qualities.
The 1989 vintage was also a general success. The 1989 vintage bottles are in full bloom and could be found in good cellars. These are opulent, very full-bodied and strongly structured wines.
The 1985 vintage is one of the very best vintages of Bordeaux red wines. Being a general success, this year has favoured the production of wines that are balanced, rich, harmonious and in full bloom. Everything you need to attract the attention of lovers of tender and elegant wines.
With the scent of this list of the best vintages of Bordeaux red wines, you are enlightened on the choices to be made according to the characteristics sought for your favourite vintage. For older vintages (before 1980), you will notice that the vintages 1945, 1949, 1953, 1959, 1961 and 1975 are also exceptional vintages of Red Bordeaux.