Vintage rankings

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Vintage rankings

Post by uncle tom » 11:52 Sat 12 May 2018

I've been dusting down and revising my vintage ranking list for the 60 years 1956 - 2015, prior to an update to bring in 2016 (and lose '56), once I've had more opportunities to try the '16s.

I have ranked years on the basis of quality, consistency and number of declared ports, weighting those three factors on a 3-2-1 basis respectively.

These I have ranked relatively A to F (or Alpha to Zeta) with ten years in each group, the top three in each group accorded a plus and the bottom three a minus.

1963 A +
1970 A +
1994 A +
1960 A
1966 A
2000 A
2011 A
1977 A -
1992 A -
2003 A -
1997 B +
2009 B +
2015 B +
1967 B
1975 B
1980 B
1983 B
1991 B -
2007 B -
2013 B -
1958 C +
1985 C +
2005 C +
1964 C
1982 C
1987 C
2004 C
1972 C -
1978 C -
2008 C -
1962 D +
1986 D +
2001 D +
1959 D
1990 D
1995 D
1996 D
1968 D -
2010 D -
2012 D -
1965 E +
1998 E +
1999 E +
1957 E
1976 E
1979 E
1988 E
1961 E -
1974 E -
2014 E -
1969 F +
1984 F +
2006 F +
1971 F
1973 F
1989 F
2002 F
1956 F -
1981 F -
1993 F -

By year, the list runs:

1956 F -
1957 E
1958 C +
1959 D
1960 A
1961 E -
1962 D +
1963 A +
1964 C
1965 E +
1966 A
1967 B
1968 D -
1969 F +
1970 A +
1971 F
1972 C -
1973 F
1974 E -
1975 B
1976 E
1977 A -
1978 C -
1979 E
1980 B
1981 F -
1982 C
1983 B
1984 F +
1985 C +
1986 D +
1987 C
1988 E
1989 F
1990 D
1991 B -
1992 A -
1993 F -
1994 A +
1995 D
1996 D
1997 B +
1998 E +
1999 E +
2000 A
2001 D +
2002 F
2003 A -
2004 C
2005 C +
2006 F +
2007 B -
2008 C -
2009 B +
2010 D -
2011 A
2012 D -
2013 B -
2014 E -
2015 B +

Drawing on my own experience, literary references and the Symingtons' harvest reports, I've had a crack at ranking the next 60 years. These I have judged (as best I can..) at their relative standing at the age of 60. Here I have ditched the plus and minus attributes, and given a star ranking, zero to five.

Whilst in the first instance each star ranking has exactly ten years attributed to it, my idea is that years falling off the first list will be frozen at their final status, Alpha (A) = 5 star - Zeta (F) - 0 stars.

Some years have had to be judged on extremely little information, so I would welcome input to adjust this list:

Year - Star rating

1896 5
1908 5
1912 5
1920 5
1927 5
1931 5
1935 5
1945 5
1948 5
1955 5
1900 4
1904 4
1917 4
1922 4
1924 4
1934 4
1937 4
1942 4
1947 4
1954 4
1901 3
1910 3
1911 3
1923 3
1926 3
1932 3
1933 3
1941 3
1950 3
1952 3
1897 2
1907 2
1919 2
1921 2
1938 2
1940 2
1943 2
1944 2
1946 2
1949 2
1898 1
1906 1
1914 1
1916 1
1918 1
1925 1
1928 1
1929 1
1936 1
1953 1
1899 0
1902 0
1903 0
1905 0
1909 0
1913 0
1915 0
1930 0
1939 0
1951 0

Tackling the years prior to 1896 I defer to Broadbent, as there's just too little other information available, and recent notes are too greatly influenced by age and cellar conditions.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill

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Re: Vintage rankings

Post by uncle tom » 23:10 Sat 20 Oct 2018

Tomorrow is Trafalgar Day, and the day I have elected to update my vintage rankings for port

The basic component of this is a relative ranking of the sixty most recent vintages from Alpha to Zeta – or A to F, according in each sector of ten vintages, three with the suffix + and three with the suffix –

As a reminder, here is last year’s list:

2015 B +
2014 E -
2013 B -
2012 D -
2011 A
2010 D -
2009 B +
2008 C -
2007 B -
2006 F +
2005 C +
2004 C
2003 A -
2002 F
2001 D +
2000 A
1999 E +
1998 E +
1997 B +
1996 D
1995 D
1994 A +
1993 F -
1992 A -
1991 B -
1990 D
1989 F
1988 E
1987 C
1986 D +
1985 C +
1984 F +
1983 B
1982 C
1981 F -
1980 B
1979 E
1978 C -
1977 A -
1976 E
1975 B
1974 E -
1973 F
1972 C -
1971 F
1970 A +
1969 F +
1968 D -
1967 B
1966 A
1965 E +
1964 C
1963 A +
1962 D +
1961 E -
1960 A
1959 D
1958 C +
1957 E
1956 F -

I will publish my updated lists in the morning
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I shall be sober and you will still be ugly - W.S. Churchill

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