Wine ABCs

Vintage Charts

Vintage charts provide you with a guide when purchasing wine. A great example: you’re in the Vintages
section at your local LCBO or you are visiting your local wine store. You see an amazing first growth
Bordeaux for a fraction of the price you think you should be paying. Check your vintage chart - it may
be a great buy, but it also may have been a poor year or it may be on its way out. This sounds too
difficult, right? Well, if you are unsure, the best person to ask is a category manager or, of course,
the owner of the establishment you are in.

Shareaglass has compiled data on the more popular wine growing regions. It is by no
means a complete list, but will help you avoid the bad, and treasure the good.

Share a Glass is in the process of updating our vintage charts. Please refer to the Ontario Wine Society’s Vintage Chart for Ontario wines, as well, we have been searching to find a vintage chart for British Columbia wines from a reputable source, but, have not found one. If you are familiar with a source, we would love to hear from you.

(FYI: The “Drink” or “Hold” numbers provide a percentage for how good the wine is for that year.)

AUSTRALIA

CALIFORNIA

Vintage Shiraz Chardonnay Vintage Cabernet Chardonnay
2005 80 Hold 80 Hold 2005 75 Hold 70 Hold
2004 70 Hold 70 Drink or Hold 2004 75 Hold 65 Drink or Hold
2003 60 Drink or Hold 60 Drink or Hold 2003 65 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold
2002 65 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold 2002 70 Drink or Hold 70 Drink
2001 70 Drink or Hold 60 Drink or Hold 2001 75 Drink 60 Drink
2000 70 Drink or Hold 80 Drink      
1999 80 Drink 60 Drink      
1998 80 Drink or Hold 80 Drink      

FRANCE: Alsace

FRANCE: Burgundy

Vintage   Cote d’or Red Cote d’or White Chablis
2005 85 Drink or Hold 80 Hold 80 Hold 80 Hold
2004 70 Drink or Hold 70 Hold 75 Hold 75 Hold
2003 65 Drink or Hold 65 Hold 65 Hold 65 Drink or Hold
2002 75 Drink or Hold 75 Hold 75 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold
2001 70 Drink or Hold 70 Drink or Hold 80 Drink 70 Drink or Hold
2000 90 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 80 Drink or Hold
1999 70 Drink or Hold 85 Drink or Hold 60 Drink 65 Drink or Hold
1998 80 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold 60 Drink 75 Drink or Hold

FRANCE: Red Bordeaux

FRANCE: White Bordeaux

Vintage Medoc/Graves Pom/St. Emil Sauternes Graves & dry
2005 95 Hold 95 Hold 90 Hold 90 Drink or Hold
2004 75 Hold 80 Hold 60 Hold 65 Hold
2003 65 Hold 65 Hold 75 Hold 65 Drink or Hold
2002 70 Drink or Hold 65 Hold 75 Hold 75 Drink or Hold
2001 70 Drink or Hold 75 Hold 80 Drink or Hold 80 Drink or Hold
2000 90 Hold 80 Hold 70 Drink or Hold 70 Drink or Hold
1999 60 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 85 Drink or Hold
1998 65 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold 70 Drink or Hold

FRANCE: Champagne

FRANCE: Rhone

Vintage   Northern Southern
2005 70 Hold 75 Hold 70 Hold
2004 80 Hold 65 Hold 65 Hold
2003 70 Hold 60 Hold 70 Hold
2002 80 Hold 50 Drink or Hold 50 Hold
2001 20 Avoid 75 Hold 80 Hold
2000 80 Hold 70 Drink or Hold 80 Drink or Hold
1999 70 Hold 80 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold
1998 60 Hold 70 Drink or Hold 80 Drink or Hold

GERMANY

ITALY

Vintage Rhine Mosel Piedmont Reds Tuscan Reds
2005 90 Hold 90 Hold 70 Hold 70 Hold
2004 70 Hold 70 Hold 80 Hold 80 Hold
2003 75 Hold 75 Hold 70 Hold 60 Hold
2002 75 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 55 Hold 60 Hold
2001 80 Drink or Hold 90 Drink or Hold 85 Hold 65 Drink or Hold
2000 65 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold 75 Hold 65 Drink or Hold
1999 85 Drink or Hold 85 Drink or Hold 90 Drink or Hold 90 Drink or Hold
1998 75 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 75 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold

NEW ZEALAND

SOUTH AFRICA

SPAIN

Vintage Red White Port Red Rioja
2005 70 Drink or Hold 70 Drink or Hold 80 Hold 70 Drink or Hold 90 Hold
2004 65 Drink or Hold 65 Drink or Hold 75 Hold 75 Drink or Hold 80 Hold
2003 70 Drink or Hold 70 Drink or Hold 85 Hold 80 Drink or Hold 65 Hold
2002 70 Drink 70 Drink 45 Hold 70 Drink 65 Hold
2001 60 Drink 70 Drink 65 Hold 70 Drink or Hold 80 Hold
2000     90 Hold   60 Hold
1999     50 Hold   65 Drink
1998     50 Hold   75 Drink
Share this:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • Furl
  • StumbleUpon

One Response to “Vintage Charts”

  1. Christine! Where’s ONTARIO?! BC?! Anything from Canada!

Comment