What are the best years for Loire valley wines?

Vouvray wine vintage chart

Vouvray | White wines Vin blanc - Tendre - White wine -Lightly sweet
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Excellent

2010

Excellent Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Very Good

2011

Very Good Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Excellent

2012

Excellent Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Good

2013

Good Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Excellent

2014

Excellent Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Divine

2015

Divine Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Divine

2016

Divine Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Divine

2017

Divine Vintage
Loire valley wine vintage chart - Superb

2018

Superb Vintage

The first bottles of the 2019 vintage of Vouvray are reaching wine shops shelves. But there are still few 2019 Vouvray bottles out there for tasting. It is therefore still a little early to comment on the quality of the 2019 vintage of Vouvray wines.

We will be commenting on that later. Thanks for your patience.

Regarding the previous Vouvray vintages, let’s go straight to the facts : since 2015, the winegrowers of Vouvray have produced vintages of high quality, four years in a row. 

Let’s start with the 2018 Vouvray vintage : a superb year for the dry Vouvray wines. The intensity of the sunshine gave nice chenin grapes, well concentrated in sugar at harvest time. Leading to rich and round wines, with well-defined fruitiness.

The same goes for the divine 2017 Vouvray vintage where the early harvest produced dry, suave Chenin wines with  nice levels of alcohol.

Of course, 2016 was an average year in terms of yields, due to episodes of frost at the beginning of spring. But regarding the quality of this Vouvray vintage, a nice amount of sunshine in the back season made it possible to obtain optimal grape maturity.

The year 2015 also produced very, very good white Loire Valley wines. A 2015 vintage with a very hot summer which produced round and full wines.

If you want to learn more about the Vouvray appellation, we recommend the following reading on our blog: Sparkling Vouvray wines : better than champagne ?

Legend of our wine vintage chart


98-100 Divine vintage
Go go go, it will soon be long gone!

94-97 Superb vintage 
All conditions were very nicely aligned

90-93 Excellent vintage
Go without hesitation

87-89 Very good vintage
Drink without fuss

83-86 Good vintage

No need to quibble

80-82 Acceptable vintage
Well, well, well…

How was this vintage guide assembled?

Our vintage chart of Vouvray wines uses a unique method: the comparison of the average vintage scores attributed to a selection of dozens of Vouvray wines and wineries that are representative of the appellation. So our vintage charts truly reflect the opinions of people who have tasted these typical Vouvray wines .

The wines used to build our vintage chart of Vouvray wines have been selected from the following wineries :

Marc Brédif
Domaine Huet
Domaine Vigneau Chevreau
Château de Moncontour
Bourillon d’Orléans
Le Clos Naudin – Foreau
Château Gaudrelle
Domaine Vincent Carême
Domaine François Pinon
Domaine François Chidaine

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