As we head towards the New Year I thought I would give an insight into the anniversary vintage wines relevant to 2023, before updating our anniversary wine page.
80th Anniversary Wine | Wine from 1943
In France this was the best of the war time vintages with some great Bordeaux.
70th Anniversary Wine | Wine from 1953
Some good Bordeaux, both red and white, produced and a good year for Italy where Barolo did well.
60th Anniversary Wine | Wine from 1963
Very sadly (my birth year) it was a poor year with the exception of Ports and Cognac. The port vintage was and is legendary.
50th Anniversary Wine | Wine from 1973
It's a shame for the soon to be 50 year olds that this year was not so much a mixed bag, but a general poor one. Recent tastings however have shown that some Bordeaux have faired better than expected. Some good wines in Tuscany and Piedmont.
40th Anniversary Wine | Wine from 1983
Generally a very good year. France produced very good wines across the regions with Sauterne being one of the best ever. The Bordeaux red are in the classic mould and are drinking well. Vintage Ports are good also. The New World wasn't so good with extreme weather during the growing season.
30th Anniversary Wine | Wines from 1993
A varied year. Some reasonable Bordeaux, but the best wines come from Burgundy and Champagne. from the new world California was best, but a little harder to find.
25th Anniversary Wine | Wines from 1998
A year where quality varied, but some regions produced excellent wines. So varied that Bordeaux from the right bank, Pomerol & Saint Emilion, produced better wines than those of the Medoc on the left bank. The Rhone valley had a good year along with Spain and Italy. Piedmont in particular. In the New World it was all about Australia, which had a fabulous year.
20th Anniversary Wine | Wines from 2003
Overall this heatwave year produced a good vintage. Europe favoured the red wines over the whites. Sauterne being the honourable exception producing great wines. Outside of Europe, California, Australia and South Africa all had a good vintage.
18th Anniversary Wine | Wines from 2005
Any celebration connected to this year will be great as it was an excellent vintage for most regions of the world. Only Italy was less successful, but still good wines.
10th Anniversary | Wine from 2013
A mixed year for Europe. Spain, Germany, France (Bordeaux) had an average year. Other French regions (Sauterne, Burgundy, Champagne & Rhone) produced good wines. Italy was exceptional as were all the New World regions. Wines to drink or cellar.
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