Described variously as weird, roller coaster, irregular, a dream, a miracle, complicated, shocker, hell... the 2012 vintage at least cannot be described as unremarkable. Jancis writes a bird's eye view in The wine lake is decisively drained, and here is our guide to the detailed reports written by insiders stationed in regions all round the world.
Pictured above left is Klaus Peter Keller's photo of the Nierstein vineyard with the river Rhine below ending the vintage in a blaze of glory, taken at the end of October this year.
FRANCE IN GENERALFrance's vintage 2012 so far (Inside information) 9 Aug 2012 by Yohan Castaing
BORDEAUXEnd in sight at last (Free for all) by Gavin Quinney, 17 Oct 2012
BURGUNDYA difficult birth (Free for all) by Aubert de Villaine, 14 Nov 2012
RHÔNESmiles and a storm in the Rhône (Inside information) by Jancis Robinson, 12 Sep 2012
LANGUEDOCVintage 2012 in the Languedoc (Inside information) by Graham Nutter, 1 Nov 2012
GERMANYGermany 2012 - another miracle? (Inside information) by Michael Schmidt, 22 Nov 2012
SPAINSpain 2012 - 'weird' (Inside information) by Luis Gutiérrez, 12 Nov 2012
ITALYItaly 2012 - hell’s kitchen (Inside information) by Walter Speller, 13 Nov 2012
US IN GENERALAmerica's 2012 vintage (Inside information) by Linda Murphy, 4 Oct 2012
CALIFORNIACalifornia 2012 ‘perfect’, but how? (Alder on America) by Alder Yarrow, 17 Oct 2012
VIRGINIAVirginia 2012 - relief (Inside information) by Jim Law, 15 Nov 2012