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Port Vintage Chart

Here is a list of generally declared Vintage Ports since 1900. Note how since the 1990s the tradition of only 3 declarations per decade has been cast aside.

Year Drinking Rating Notes
2011
N
10
The weather conditions throughout the whole growing season have been described as perfect. The 2011 vintage is being lined up to be amongst the greats.
2009
N
8
The very hot Summer lead to a split declaration where vineyards on higher ground and with better drought tolerance tended to produce better although low yielding fruit. This vintage is being compared with 2003.
2008
N
6
A cold Winter meant lower than usual yields. Not widely declared, but Noval and the single quintas produced good wines.
2007
N
10
Stunning wines from an exceptional year. General declaration.
2003
N
10
These wines have traditional tannin based tones with rich fruit flavours. General declaration.
2000
N
10
Volumes were low in 2000. However the wines were rich and strong.
1997
N
9
Full bodied and well balanced. General declaration.
1994
N
10
A highlight from the 20th century. Outstanding port with exceptional ripe fruit structure. General declaration.
1992
N
8
Concentrated wines; some are excellent. Not declared by all port houses.
1991
N
8
A small yield this year but of very good quality. Declared by most port houses.
1985
N
8
A classic Vintage Port; the wines are rich and strong. General declaration.
1983
Y
7
An exceptional year with wonderfully powerful wines. However the 1977 and 1985 vintages appealed more so 1983 is a good value Port. Declared by most houses.
1980
Y
7
Good wines but similar to 1983 is great value at auction. General declaration.
1977
Y
9
Declared by the major houses. An excellent vintage with a long finish and complex structure.
1975
Y
6
A smooth and light wine and very quaffable. General declaration.
1970
Y
8
A superb port declared by the major houses. Excellent balance, structure and finish. A very fine port drinking well.
1966
Y
8
An exceptional Vintage Port.
1963
Y
8
A very fine port. Declared by the major houses.
1960
Y
6
An elegant Port with a slightly sweet foundation. Declared by the major houses.
1958
Y
7
Fragrant and light ports. Declared by some houses.
1955
Y
8
An exceptional Vintage Port with amazing aging potential. Still considered as drinking well now or having considerable further cellaring. Declared by most houses.
1950
Y
6
An elegant and light vintage. Declared by some houses.
1948
Y
10
Excellent and fine ports but now tricky to find. Declared by some houses.
1947
Y
7
Good quality port declared by a small number of houses.
1945
Y
8
A superb year declared by the major houses.
1935
Y
8
A high tannin port with rich fruit, this is a classic Vintage Port. Declared by the major houses.
1934
Y
8
An excellent vintage; a strong wine with excellent foundations. Declared by some of the major houses.
1927
Y
10
The finest Vintage Port. If you have the opportunity to drink this it will be a very special moment.
1924
Y
7
A low volume year that produced an excellent vintage. Declared by the major houses.
1920
Y
6
General declaration.
1912
Y
10
An excellent Vintage Port, perhaps second to 1927 in the 20th Century. Declared by most major houses.
1904
Y
6
A classic port, has lightened significantly but remains balanced and light. Declared by most major houses.
1900
Y
7
An excellent Vintage port, the wine is now very light. Declared by most major houses.