Drinking Windows

Drinking windows are a useful tool for showing when a wine is likely to be at its peak for drinking. Opening a bottle at the right age will mean that the tannic structure of the wine has softened whilst still maintaining its freshness and concentration of fruit. As we are predominantly a Bordeaux and Burgundy merchant, we have given our recommendations for these regions below. These are general guidelines so please see the appropriate vintage summary for more detailed advice.

For advice on wines from other regions or if you are interested in selling any wine back to us, please email Ben Browett.


For Classed Growth Bordeaux, 2015 and 2014 are not yet ready to drink. We generally recommend that customers drink and enjoy vintages 2013, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006 and all vintages older than 2005.

If you have mature vintages stored with us under bond, we would advise you to have them delivered (duty, delivery and VAT charges are applicable) or we will be pleased to buy them back from you.

2005 is a great vintage and a tricky one to judge. The First Growths and best Classed Growths still have a long life ahead of them however many can be opened now.

2009 and 2010 are outstanding vintages. Cru Bourgeois and some Classed Growths can be opened but we recommend being patient, particularly with the top wines which require further cellaring.

For Dry White Bordeaux our advice is to drink these in their youth. Few benefit from keeping, and for Sweet White Bordeaux, these can be enjoyed young or old and remain under-valued and under-appreciated in our view.


For red Burgundy, all Bourgogne rouge should be opened and enjoyed while village wines can afford to be cellared for 2-3 years after release.

Premier Cru and Grand Cru wines from 2015 and 2014 are not yet ready to drink. Premier Cru wines older than 2009 should be drunk while younger vintages have the drink/hold recommendation. The same for Grand Cru wines however the 2005 vintage will also continue to improve in the bottle with additional cellaring.

For White Burgundy our advice is not to store these for too long. And most wines older than 2010 should be withdrawn now.

For full vintage charts for Red Bordeaux and Burgundy, and a key to our recommendations, please use the following links: