All vintages excellent - some of those from the fin de (vingtieme) siecle in particular are showing excellent legs in time for summer.
Both the Town and Gown bottlings have their fans - the traditionalists preferring the latter (which can be a little young, but also includes some of the very finest of aged offerings from the past centuries), whilst those more attuned to terroir and provenance prefer the former which accurately reflects the diversity of the slopes - particularly Headington, Cumnor, Boar's and Hinksey Hills.
Study of the full variety is recommended; influences from across the globe have refined the basic solera over many years to incorporate influences from Africa, Asia,the Americas and Antipodes. A number of popular annual celebratory vintages are issued to mark Mayday and Finals; predominantly sparkling by tradition.
Take with or without food; always in company, and be sure to introduce novices to the delights of Oxford.
Robert Parker rating - 95-99.