Ode to Bordeaux Vintage
2005 is wine with jive,
elegant and fine, this vintage will thrive
2004 got decent scores,
it’s classic old-style, not yet ready to pour.
2003 saw heat extremes,
with ripeness and pricing both quite obscene.
2002 is classic and true,
though right bank suffered as weather was cool.
2001 should not be shunned,
fresh, pure and focused, this is bargain fun!
Year 2000 is hailed as grand.
Ripeness and color triggered undue demand.
99 is even and fine,
though some say it’s lacking texture and spine.
98 is simple mid-weight,
austere in Medoc, but plush on right bank.
97 charms like a wren,
but drink it up soon – don’t hoard ‘til the end.
96 has all the right tricks;
dense, focused and ripe – the critics’ top pick.
95 is a wine with drive.
Fine texture and fruit, pour this one with pride.
94 earned variable scores.
Right bank fared better, but all worth a pour.
93 is a friendly bee,
cheering and pleasant, but about to flee.
92 was thin and dilute
so drink it up soon or give it the boot.
91 lacked sufficient sun –
ditch this tough vintage for something more fun.
90 Medoc is quite pretty
but right bank’s superb, a regal beauty!