Year

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A vintage wine is a year of sun and rain documented in the bottle. Sounds romantic but it’s true. It’s also true that the great producers make great wine in every vintage; their wines are an expression of the year not a value judgment. What makes collecting wine fun is debating the expressions. Do you like big fruit? Then you will like 2003 in Bordeaux. Do you like energy? Then 2010 in the Loire is for you. If you’re looking for a year you don’t see below, use the advanced search or call the shop. We have wines from the 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond

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  • 2012

    The jury is still out, but expect to see major shortages in places such as the Loire and Burgundy thanks to hail and other miserable weather… See more.

  • 2011

    A short but solid vintage, especially for Burgundy, where the wines are showing very well right now and could make for both early consumption and aging. See more.

  • 2010

    If PJ wine was going to go all in for our "vintage of the century" 2010 would be it. Fruit AND the vibrancy lacking from the more trumpeted years. Burgundy and Beaujolais are especially breathtaking. See more.

  • 2009

    The third and final "vintage of the century" and this one was a doozy. Parker called the red wines from Bordeaux, "the best" he has tasted in his entire career! At the very least it was a ripe year, not just along the Gironde but everywhere. See more.

  • 2008

    Cool and classic. Terrific for Burgundy, especially for those looking for freshness. Some very nice Bordeaux as well, and beautiful Barolos, but not for now! This is a year to age. See more.

  • 2007

    Napa was the clear winner in 2007, especially for those with a penchant for grandeur. Excellent for opulent Brunellos chasers as well, and there is ripeness in Bordeaux and Burgundy too. See more.

  • 2006

    A solid year in Bordeaux and Burgundy, but like 2002, overshadowed by its more famous neighbor. Not so in Italy, especially Tuscany, where the wines are tremendous. See more.

  • 2005

    The second "vintage of the century" for Bordeaux in the 2000s. Balance is the word most used to describe the wines (for Burgundy and Rioja too). They have fruit but they will also age. See more.

  • 2004

    Another benchmark year in Rioja with a bit more elegance in lieu of concentration. A very pretty vintage in Burgundy, especially for terroir hunters and acid hounds. See more.

  • 2003

    The furnace that roasted much of Europe had the same effect on the wines. If you like fruit and alcohol this is your year. These wines should be drunk sooner rather than later. See more.

  • 2002

    Overlooked, forgotten, and full of values. The Mosel is perhaps the best example of this, as many of the wines from there are jewels. See more.

  • 2001

    A more "austere" vintage as they like to say (we prefer "elegant"), especially for places like Bordeaux and Burgundy. In Rioja, it's a whole other story… basically 2001 is not just the vintage of the century, but a vintage for all time. Anything classic from Rioja in this year should age as well as the all mighty 1964s. See more.

  • 2000

    Legendary vintage in Bordeaux. The first of the three "vintage(s) of the century" that followed. A special year for Vega-Sicilia as well. See more.

  • 1999

    A challenging year for Spain, but the wines have aged well. Similar cool and uneven conditions for France as well, but there are some gems. See more.

  • 1998

    A Benchmark year for Rioja, yielding wines with both great depth and elegance. See more.

  • 1997

    Excellent year for Port, Italy, Sauternes and Champagne. A little less so for Bordeaux and Burgundy. See more.

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