Robert started a thread on great wines - how about the great vintages for your palate

From a red Burg perspective I’ve sadly drunk through all the 08 Rousseau GC Villages I had. Holy cow were they good. Easily eclipsed both 06 and 07 for my palate and over the 4-5 I’ve opened I’ve never once had one shut down. Stylistically they fit my palate to a T as I’m a “less is more” sort of fella, at least when it comes to wine.

As to 08 Barolo, in the past year/15 months off the top of my head the Cappellano Pie Rupestris showed incredibly well albeit somewhat tannic. Still, that’s easily tamed with some food. Same goes for the 08 Accomasso Riservas. Both are absolute stunners at the moment. And further back the 08 vs 09 Barolo dinner I attended years ago highlighted how great the 08s were to my palate.

If you have multiple bottles it might be worth taking a peak given it’s now 2018. But on both vintages I suspect they’ll last for decades. And I don’t plan to open the singletons I do have anytime soon as I do expect they’ll improve and build palate weight.

Vintages with at least 15 years

Bordeaux - 1982, 1989, 1990, 2000
Sauternes - 1988, 2001
Champagne - 1988, 1990, 1996
Germany - 1990, 2001
N Rhône - 1999
Châteauneuf-du-Pape - 1998, 2000
California Cab - 1991, 1994, 2001

For my palate, Left Bank Bordeaux - 2005, 2009 and 2010 will out perform the 1982 eventually.
Sauternes - 2001

Tuscany - 1988 and 1990. 1999 possibly - TBD.
Napa Cab - 1991
Red Burg (much smaller sample) - 1993
Rhone (even smaller sample yet) - 1978

Lots of other perfectly good vintages, but these are the ones that will make me sit up and expect something very special, with that expectation being based in significant part on personal experience (even if limited).

1996 - Champagne, Piedmont
2001 - Piedmont, Germany, Tuscany, California, Sauternes, Rioja
2002 - California
2005 - Burgundy, Bordeaux, Loire, Oregon, Rhone
2008 - Piedmont,
2010 - Piedmont, Burgundy, Rhone, Oregon,
2012 - Germany, Oregon
2013 - Piedmont, California
2015 - Germany, Rhone


2010: Red wine :slight_smile: