Ask Sid: Vintages ending in 9?

January 2nd, 2019
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Question: Happy New Year Sid. Aren’t vintages ending with 9 a sure bet?

Answer: Yes the quality reputation of vintages ending in 9 have had a very good run indeed. Bordeaux has those legendary years of 1959, 1949, 1929 and 1899. More recently 2009 and 1989 have turned out very well too. Others are not too bad either though 1969 was much weaker but made up for it with really excellent Burgundy – together with the outstanding 1999! Global warming with much stricter vineyard practices these days makes every vintage now more reliable but those ending in 9 such as this new year 2019 should be promising for sure. Happy 2019!

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