Dr T, Everything I have read about MSR vintages suggests that 1990,1993, and 1997 were the best vintages of the last decade. I've sourced this particularly from Andre Domine s "wine" which is published by a German company who specialise in food and wine books but have also caroborated this against two other references, The Larousse Encyclopedia of Wine and Cuisines Annual vintage world reports. Am I mistaken or were you refering to all of Germany as opposed to the MSR? According to the book 99 and 98 are average to good, while 1996 only merits an average revue. I agree that 1991 and 2000 were the poorest by a long way for the MSR. Also very good and often still available 1989,1988, 1986 and if you're lucky 1985. Of Interest in the Mosel 1991 was a pretty good vintage ( about a 7/10).