Poll: Top Red Bordeaux vintage of the Century

top vintage for red Bordeaux in the 21st Century

  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019

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We are now 20 years into the 21st century and so it is time for a poll on the vintage of the Century in Bordeaux. I am picking 2005 but could change to 2016 in the future depending on how the vintage turns out. 2000 for this purpose is in the 21st century. I did not include 2020 for obvious reasons.

Flawed poll. Multiple choice is THE missing choice.

What’s drinking well now?

Have 2000 and 2005 (my last Bordeaux EP vintage) lived up to their initial hype?

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I’m still thinking but am struggling with one choice. It’s probably 2005, but hot damn do I love 2014 and bought more of it than any other vintage, and well, everything I have touched in 2016 has been great. I have not had enough 2016s, though, to really prognosticate on whether it is best overall. And 2000s are starting to drinking quite nicely . . . .

It is a tie between 2000 and 2009 for me (unfortunately poll did not let you pick two). I think it is far too early to annoint 2016 and I haven’t been blown away by what I’ve tasted of it either – people talking about 2016 seem to be perhaps overly influenced by critics, who have a big bias to pump up recent vintages.

2005 hasn’t proven itself yet, it needs to emerge from its slumber before a real judgement can be made. Also, 2005 right bank has some real issues.

Intentional. There can be only one!

Assuming this is even possible, “objectively” best? Or, unabashedly, “subjectively” best?

I really wondered if you would say. 2014. Do you like 2014 more than 2001.

Isn’t the best way to get to objective for each person to put in their favorite?

Then, what is the point of our buying all these wines, across all these vintages? neener

Yeah, the reason I would want to choose both 2000 and 2009 is that one is more structured/classic and the other is more lush/seductive. Don’t make me choose just one :slight_smile:!

We won’t know the top Bordeaux vintage from 2000-2019 until 2040, at the earliest. More relevant poll for right now might be “best Bordeaux vintage between 1980-1999”. I would vote for 1990 in that poll [cheers.gif]

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After 2004 the wines got (mostly) too heavy for my preference. So with that said I chose 2000. I prefer drinking 2001 and 2004 now, but see way more upside whenever I try a notable 2000.

Todd -

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I think 2014 is better from a breadth point of view, a greater range of higher quality wines. I wish I could recall exactly what 2001s tasted like on release, but I also think we are seeing riper fruit here in 2014 but in a classic cut with a bit higher acid. I do like 2001 very much, however. And ironically, have a 2001 Sociando Mallet standing up right now. That is one one where I definitely think it was the QPR of each vintage, 2001 and 2014.

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