It is exciting to think about the very best vintage year for French wine which was 1961. Of course, very few people could afford the bottles that are in cellars now. So let’s not dwell on what is so far in the past.
The next very good year was 1985 when many great wines were produced. The 1988 vintage was even better, and while this vintage came close to equaling 1961 it did not have the cellar life of 1961. However, every French wine of the 1989 vintage was exceptional, but the Red Bordeaux was and is outstanding. The next two year where also incredible. They call those 3 years the “Glorius 3 years”
1995 was another exceptional year for all French wines and some experts believe it surpassed 1989.
There are several kinds of French wine that come from various growing areas.
Red Bordeaux saw its very good years in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
Red Burgundy was very good in 2002, 2003 and 2005.
Rhone was very good in 2005.
Defining the best vintage years for French wines is a bit tricky because some years produced excellent wines priced in the 12 to 15 a bottle range. These wines could not be outdone by many wines in the 35 to 50 a bottle range.