Definition of vintage year in US English:

vintage year

noun

  • 1The year that a particular wine was produced.

    • ‘‘Yes, this is a vintage year,’ he observed, smacking his lips.’
    • ‘Champagne only declares a vintage year when the fruit from the harvest is of a particular quality.’
    • ‘Very few vintages are good everywhere, although with the exception of the Douro Valley, where a vintage year was not declared, 1990 produced very good to outstanding wines in most parts of the winemaking world.’
    • ‘Some of the finest red Bordeaux vintage years of the 1980s, for example, were also those in which yields were relatively high; while the lowest crop levels of the decade were recorded in lesser vintages such as 1984 and 1980.’
    • ‘Will it be a vintage year, what will quantities be like?’
    • ‘These are wines from vintage years that have spent five or so years in oak.’
    • ‘But his cellar is still filled from previous years, and because he lacks additional containers he is considering pouring out a part of the older wine in storage which dates from an inferior vintage year.’
    • ‘Like a good wine. You'd have to choose one of vintage years of course.’
    • ‘One of the challenges involved picking out mistakes on a wine list, such as misspellings of obscure vineyards' names or incorrect vintage years.’
    • ‘More interesting for collectors of fine wine (rather than labels) is his long list of bottles of claret with soiled, damp stained, or faded labels from top Bordeaux vintage years such as ‘82, ‘85 and ‘86.’
    • ‘Essex winemakers are keeping everything crossed as they look to the skies and hope 2003 will be a vintage year.’
    • ‘During poor vintage years in France, notably in the Bordeaux region and in Burgundy, some vineyards have been able to produce wines of consistently higher quality.’
    • ‘However, the caveat is that there can be bad vintage years.’
    • ‘Late bottled vintage port is a wine from a single year, from better vineyards, in non vintage years.’
    1. 1.1 A particularly successful year for some pursuit or product.
      ‘it was a vintage year for home-run hitters’
      • ‘‘I can tell this is going to be a vintage year for purple indica,’ he said, gazing like a proud papa at a bush about six feet high.’
      • ‘It has been a vintage year for tabloid newspaper exclusives.’
      • ‘All that matters is that he lives up to his potential to be as good now as he was in those vintage years.’
      • ‘It may not have been a vintage year for Scottish film but as a member of one of the Bafta juries I can testify that there were long and passionate discussions before arriving at the winners.’
      • ‘This is not a vintage year for cookery books but here are some real plums.’
      • ‘The newspaper said it had been a vintage year for a number of veteran rock stars, with tours and the release of compilation albums helping add earnings of more than £20m.’
      • ‘My first All-Ireland was in 1972, and what a vintage year it was.’
      • ‘The chamber orchestra had a vintage year, continuing to take artistic risks and introducing bright new works.’
      • ‘So far as the sea-trout fishing is concerned, 2004 will not go down as a vintage year.’
      • ‘Yet 2001 is not going to be a vintage year like 2000, officials concede.’
      • ‘For some mysterious reason, 2003 has turned out to be a vintage year for exhibitions, as is made abundantly plain by the distinction of our list of runners-up.’
      • ‘He forecasts more bad news on valuations, but believes more realistic pricing of assets could make 2002 a vintage year for investing.’
      • ‘This has been a vintage year for lovers of classy, tuneful jazz.’
      • ‘Despite some truly outstanding films, this hasn't been a vintage year for the French festival.’
      • ‘But as he enters the vintage years of his career, he has matured like a fine wine, with his tally of 13 league goals last season his best-ever in a campaign.’
      • ‘With their robust guitar sound the Liverpool-based quintet have rapidly been added to the pantheon of indie saviours who are turning 2004 into a vintage year for British rock.’
      • ‘If any general conclusions can be drawn from the shortlist it is that this has not been by any means a vintage year for fiction.’
      • ‘The angry, big-issue documentary is having a vintage year.’
      • ‘Well, seeing as how the shortlist includes a one-hour drama series and a show where everyone very openly hates each other, we'd guess that 2005 hasn't been a vintage year for American comedy.’
      • ‘‘Although this has not been a vintage year for me it has ended up all right,’ said the 32-year-old Italian.’