Austria's 2006 Vintage - Big Wines; Small Quantities

After the young wines were tasted all around Austria, and the first verdicts were in, it was clear: the euphoria over the 2006 harvest was
certainly not exaggerated!  However, there was a drop of bitterness, as couloure conditions in the vineyards were responsible for substantially lower grape yields, especially with the leading variety of the Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) region - Grüner Veltliner. As a result, last year's small harvest recorded a below-average yield of approximately 2.3 million hectoliters.

Crazy Weather

While some wine friends prefer not to look back at this year's practically non-existent winter, the winter conditions at the beginning
of 2006 could not be ignored: frosty, cold, long and unforgiving. A wet, cool spring followed -- reaching its low point in May. No wonder that bud break and flowering began later than usual, leaving most growers to count on a late vintage. But at exactly the same time as the beginning of the Soccer World Cup, the conditions changed. During the high flowering period of Grüner Veltliner, temperatures -- often accompanied by storms -- increased so highly that fruit set was irregular. Many grapes were loose on the cluster, very small, and without pips -- which resulted in low quantity harvests. In fact, in some areas, such as the Wachau, Weinviertel and the Wagram, yields were only half of what is usually harvested.

Between the middle of June and the end of July, oppressive heat dominated the vineyards. But on August 1st, an extremely cool and damp weather period set in. This, in addition to built-up wintertime moisture, led to an unforeseen supply of water. Therefore, winemakers had to apply extensive leaf removal work. At the beginning of September, the onset of beautiful autumn weather provided ideal relief, which lasted until the end of October. But fortunately, despite a brief period of bad weather at the beginning of November, the remaining grapes could be harvested without difficulty. There were, however, some shaky moments, such as the heavy rains that fell around September 20th. These made snappy pre-harvests necessary in the vineyards of South Styria (Südsteiermark). But luckily, grape quality did not suffer in the end.

The White Wines of 2006 - a Rare Phenomenon Materializes

Because of the various recorded weather conditions: "a very hot July"; "highly damp soils plus a wet April" and "a rare, beautiful Indian
summer in September and October", wines of a phenomenal composition were created. While their sugar levels were as high as those produced during the hot vintages of 2003 and 2000, their sugar free extract and acidity content were at levels similar to those from a "normal" very good year. This rare combination meant that unusually full, outstanding wines were vinified. With their high alcohol content balanced by extract and fine acidity, the wines themselves glide over the palate with a more balanced and smooth expression than one would expect. This extremely unusual construction allows these wines to be compared to those from the great white wine vintages, like 1947 and 1959 -- although these comparisons require a bit of a stretch because of the completely different wine growing methods and cellar techniques employed in those days.

Nevertheless, powerful, ripe white wines without botrytis could be harvested in 2006. Not so easy, though, was the production of the summer wine styles à la Steinfeder: This is because the levels mentioned increased quickly, yet "physiological" ripeness required more time. Under these circumstances, though, wineries following the biological wine growing track were very fortunate.

Excellent Quality Across the Varietal Spectrum

Even through the phenomenon occurred in all of Austria's wine regions, and the heavy reductions in quantity were concentrated mainly to Grüner Veltliner, the quality of the wide range of grape varietals is astonishingly similar across the board - on a very high level. In Lower Austria, the diversity of Grüner Veltliner has proven remarkable, with very strong and balanced wines in the Kabinett category -- these show deep fruit and peppery spiciness - and the supreme might of the unaltered Reserve class wines, whose stability and storage potential could reach legendary proportions.

Rieslings such as those from the 2006 vintage, packed full of fruit, very tightly woven and featuring a wonderful bite of nervous acidity -
and all without any botrytis influence -- have, as far as it is known, never been created in the new age of Austrian wine growing. Also Burgundy varieties succeeding in this ripe vintage with their characteristic smoothness and deep fruit.

It wasn't only in Styria that crisp and temperamental Welschriesling could be harvested. The same holds true for Muskateller, possibly the most beautifully produced in a long time, with its expressions of citrus rind, cinnamon and grapey suppleness. Even the "bouquet varieties" fared very well: in a year of generous ripeness and adequate acidity, Traminer proved to be a true diva amongst the Austrian grape varieties. Sauvignon showed smoothness and subtle aromas and flavours, with cassis and elderflower featuring more prominently than the peppery spice.

Power and Structure - the Red Wines of 2006

Because of the development that's required, the quality of the red wines is perhaps not so easy to classify; nevertheless, it should place as "excellent" or "very good" on the vintage roster. Although there were fears that the vegetation phase would be too short in 2006, (in the red wine areas around Lake Neusiedl, or Neusiedlersee, there was no endless waiting for the harvest), high expectations were met with the first sips. Some red wines, with their strong structure, dark berry depth and powerful tannins, are somewhat reminiscent of the 2002 and 1999 vintages; but 2006 can also be a "little monster" year, exceeding with its opulence and fire even the Sicilianesque vintage of 2003. The best 2006 red wines, after barrel maturation, could likely reflect both the structure of the top 2002s and the impressiveness and smoothness of the most successful 2003s.

With the different varieties, Pinot and St. Laurent -- found also in the red wine enclaves of Lower Austria - are showing just as fine as the Zweigelt, which in many areas is reflecting a definition and tannin structure similar to Blaufränkisch. In fact, Blaufränkisch has been successful throughout the country, radiating juice, power and a fine line structure. Merlot in the eyes of French globetrotters could likely be venerated for its smoothness and concentrated body, while Cabernet and Syrah -- because of the short vegetation period - could produce somewhat hard, slowly developing wines.

Delicacies with Extra Class

While the 2005 vintage yielded small amounts of sweet wines -- which, because of their extreme balance, are sometimes compared with those from the 1995 and 2002 vintages -- there had been much skepticism about what the 2006 vintage would produce: botrytis developed very haltingly; and frosty nights, which are necessary for the production of Eiswein, simply did not exist.

But at the end of November, a strong onset of botrytis occurred. And in sweet wine strongholds such as Seewinkel, appropriate amounts of botrytised grapes were able to be harvested. In Rust, however, the botrytis appeared earlier, so there are sufficient amounts of Ruster Ausbruch to be found -- many with heavenly levels of residual sugar. In nearby Thermenregion, in Lower Austria, high grade dessert wines are being awaited anxiously, because the weather -- in complete contrast to the previous year - was not ideal for step-by-step harvest and selection. Overall, quality-wise, the best of the sweet wine delicacies from 2006 can be compared to those from the highly rated previous vintage.

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New Zealand /  2006 was a third very high quality vintage in a row, following the excellent pattern established with 2004 and 2005.

Bud burst was about a week early, following a dry end to winter 2005 and warm spring conditions. As we went into December, the soils were retaining good spring moisture and this, with the warm weather, lead to even and healthy shoot growth. December was very dry with warm nights leading to high average temperatures and good drying out of the soils. January continued with warm to hot weather and dry conditions.

This mid-summer drying out of the soils, combined with warm to hot weather is critical for a good red vintage. The vine shoot growth is stopped and the plant’s energies are put into ripening the fruit, leading to small berries and good colour and tannin development.

February and March featured many warm to hot days, with the odd bit of rain and soils again drying out quickly in between.

We started picking very ripe chardonnay about a week early on the 7th March and had finished picking whites by the 21st of March. In a similar situation to 2005 some rain then caused us to pause for about a week. We then had almost four weeks of dry weather during which we picked the reds, beginning with the merlot and cabernet franc and finishing with the syrah and cabernet sauvignon just before the heavens opened on the 25th April.

We used our experience to manage the harvest period well, without pushing our luck, and were able to take full advantage of the quality presented by the growing season. We ended up getting the maximum on-vine time possible for most picks and received the fruit at the winery in top condition, which is especially important for red wine.

So, in summary, the optimum growing conditions early in the season have given us lovely ripe white wines with good fruitiness and rich mid palates, and the dry and warm mid-vintage weather set the scene for dark coloured, well structured reds that are up with some of the best we have seen. 

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Vintage Report

Vintage Report by Domaine de La Romanée-Conti and Domaine Rousseau

A vigneron's challenge again !

At the time of this writing, the vineyards, relieved of their fruit, have begun to change colour. The soft October sun is caressing the red and gold hills. The villages are quiet again after the hubbub of the harvest. The streets are filled with generous fragrances coming from the wineries where fermentations are proceeding. The birth of this new vintage is a real pleasure to the senses !

The climatic conditions in 2006 were a little crazy and at first such a great source of anguish before restoring, against all expectations, our optimism and confidence, that they would deserve to be described in detail.
In brief, what did we see ?

- a long totally unusual heat-wave in July which had the effect of stopping the vegetative cycle of some vines, even though most of them showed their amazing ability to stand the stress.
- the coolest and rainiest August since 1986, favourable to botrytis that set in very early.

- in this strange scenario, what was the behaviour of the vineyards ?
In fact, after those extremes of heat, cold and humidity that succeeded one another in a scattered upside down order, a decisive factor appeared that brought the vintage towards a happy end : hot weather, without any rain at all, that from September 1st lasted for the whole month, except for a short stormy episode on September 23rd and 24th. These ideal conditions permitted the vineyards to efficiently use the water retained in the soil thanks to the rains of August and therefore to accelerate in a totally outstanding manner the ripening of the grapes. In September the sugar levels increased sometimes by almost 2 degrees in one week, especially during the third week.

Finally, the grapes that we picked were as ripe as in 2005. Of course the botrytis that had set in with the rains of August, but had stopped developing when the fine weather had returned, was still present. Lying in wait, it reappeared during the harvest on the bad stormy day of Sunday September 24th. Luckily, it was too late and the episode was too short, to cause real damage.

The year was therefore difficult, but it gave the vigneron the opportunity to make great wines, as long as he had used the right means to harvest ripe grapes before the botrytis did too much harm. First, the control of the yield was essential. The fine "Pinot Noir fin" which bears small clusters with small berries showed how its predominant presence is important in our vineyards, even though it was also necessary to thin the young vines at the time of the "veraison". In such climatic conditions, only low yields could first allow the vines to fight the heat and later the attacks of botrytis, then to obtain the precocious maturity that was necessary to enable us to harvest before the rain came back.

The "philosophy" of the harvest itself was a major factor in the quality of the grapes we brought in. An ultra-meticulous sorting was crucial in order to eliminate the botrytis. Our experienced team of pickers did a great job. Day after day, the work was done to perfection. In the vineyards, Gérard Marlot, our vineyard manager, who is about to retire, and his successor, Nicolas Jacob, admirably managed to maintain the vigilance of the pickers. Then in the winery, Bernard Noblet's team performed once again « haute couture » selection on the sorting table and put the finishing touches to the pickers' work.

In summary, the conditions were admittedly difficult, but excellent at the end of the growing season, which gave us the possibility to bring in ripe sugar-rich grapes.

We ourselves feel as though we adjusted everything as correctly as it was possible to do. First, regarding the date of the harvest - it was necessary to wait until the grapes were fully ripe, but to bear in mind that the rot was spreading. Then the yields had to be quite low and it was essential to have a final selection by the sorting of the grapes.


By Rousseau: 

As for its characteristics, the 2006 vintage can be qualified of pure, elegant and complex with a good concentration of little red fruits and flowers together with fine and velvety tannins.

The beginning of the autumn in 2005 was relatively mild but from November, the temperatures dropped quickly until becoming negative. The winter settled until 18th. March, accompanied by frequent and sometimes important snowfalls from mid-November to the end of February. The winter rainfalls were consequent and made up for the hydrous deficit of the ground water.

The vegetation started to grow from 20th. March because of an abrupt rise in the temperatures. Then, in spite of disturbed climatic conditions, the vine continued its development regularly until mid-June, when the rise of the temperatures developed a fast growth. Flowering started around 15th.-20th. June and the delay which the vine showed compared to 2005 was filled quickly.The heat wave of July was accompanied on 27th. by an important storm, with hail, causing consequent damage in the vineyard of Chambertin Clos de Bèze and damaging in lesser way other vines in Gevrey.

The quality of the grapes was very satisfactory not requiring no intervention.


Ripening engaged at the beginning of August but the climatic conditions of all the month (disturbed with frequent precipitations) had as a consequence a slow but continuous development of the vegetation. September, hot and very sunny, was good for maturation.


We started grape-picking on 22nd September under beautiful sunshine which lasted all along. Important sorting of grapes was done in all appellations especially in Clos de Bèze ( these yields were small, about 15 hl/ha).Vinification took place without any problem with the same ‘cuvaison’ time as usual.A pre-fermenting cooling of the grapes was done at 15°C for 4-5 days and then fermentation started naturally. Both juices were assembled and the concentration of sugar had a very good level, together with a nice acidity. The bottling is programmed for april 2008.Malolactic fermentation was over in February and the first racking was done on July 2007.


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Vintage Report

Bordeaux Vintage Report by Château Haut-Bailly: 

The exceptionally dry weather of 2005 continued until early winter and, although it rained in March, spring was one of the driest on record. Flowering began with the Merlot from May 29th to June 2nd, closely followed by the Cabernet Sauvignon. High temperatures and almost no rain in June favoured pollination and the formation of fine bunches of small grapes, promising a magnificent crop.

A heat wave in July interrupted vine growth but came just at the right time. Overcast skies and cool temperatures in August helped ripen the grapes and maintain a satisfactory level of acidity and good aromatic potential. Two weeks of beautiful weather at the beginning of September (37-38C) were extremely beneficial, and tests in the vineyard indicated alcoholic and polyphenolic levels identical to those of 2004 and 2005.


The harvest began on September 13th with the picking of a superb plot of young Merlot. The remaining Merlot was picked between the 18th and 23rd, followed by the Cabernet Franc on the 25th, and the Cabernet Sauvignon from September 27th to October 5th. Thanks to the careful work on each vine during the year, all the picked fruit was healthy, aromatic and perfectly ripe.

Traditional cultivation methods such as ploughing between each row of vines are used every year at Haut- Bailly. This encourages deep rooting and is a crucial factor in preventing skin splitting and subsequent rotting of the grapes should rain arrive late in the season. These techniques proved particularly critical in 2006.

The 2006 vintage has very deep colour, an intense fruity character and, to our delight, an impressive tannic structure. The Merlot is smooth and the Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful. This vintage will undoubtedly be well-balanced, silky, and elegant. In short: a great wine and a credit to its terroir. 

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Napa Valley Vintage Report / The 2006 harvest finished in early November and will go down as a 'grower's year' as vintners were faced with a variety of challenges from New Year flooding to wet weather that continued late into spring delaying budbreak. By early June, the sun came out and vines began to bloom and set fruit. Mid-July presented a record-setting ten day heat wave, but the canopy had not yet been thinned because of the delayed season and young clusters were shaded from the hot sun. Most growers agreed that the heat helped catch the vines up to a "normal" place in the growing season. Somewhat cooler weather arrived in August and continued throughout harvest, allowing for moderately paced and deliberate ripening and a long harvest period. Cool weather dominated early October, with rain coming in the first week, but the white varieties were in and this presented no damage to the black varieties still on the vine.

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Germany Vintage Report by Wilhelm Weil:  / For today, suffice it to say that we were equally challenged and blessed by Mother Nature in 2006.

Global warming, change of climate, and the possibility of concomitant extreme weather circumstances are increasingly topics of discussion, not least among wine-growers, who must consider the influence of these phenomena on viticulture. In 2006, record weather conditions were recorded once again. In assessing the temperature increases during the last twenty years, one can generally say that the Rheingau has benefited from this phenomenon. In the future, despite higher temperatures, it will still be possible to produce wines with an ideal Riesling profile – finesse, mineral character, and fine acidity – particularly in the stony soils in the higher sites in the foothills of the Taunus Hills.

Budburst occurred on schedule, followed by a slightly early blossoming. Despite a light deficit in rainfall, the grapes went through the next stages of development very quickly, not least due to the weather in the month of July, during which temperatures were the highest recorded since 1885, when Geisenheim began keeping track of meteorological data. In August, the weather had its ups and downs – as in 2005 – but conditions in general enabled the grapes to ripen to perfection. In the distant past, it was quite more a challenge for growers to wait for their grapes to reach the stage of complete ripeness. Thanks to above-average temperatures during the past two decades, however, grapes have ripened earlier and earlier. Today’s growers face the challenges of harvesting their crop earlier and at higher temperatures. As such, there is a shorter time frame in which to achieve the optimal quality of a selective harvest. This was the case in 2006. The challenge in 2006 was to start the selective harvest for grapes with a perfect ripeness in good time and to use the chance for a longer hang time through November. Therefore we harvested our Estate-wines by mid-October. The grapes were not only physiologically very ripe, but also very healthy, thanks to selective harvesting. We also left bunches on the vine for additional ripening well into November. During this stage of the harvest, we and our 80 pickers had sufficient time to bring in grapes of every Prädikat level, including Trockenbeerenauslese with 223° Oe, from our Grand Cru site – Kiedricher Gräfenberg – for the 18th consecutive year.

It is already clear today that general there will be a broad spectrum of qualities of vintage 2006 wines. Dealing with the general weather extremes during vegetation and the rainfall in the first half of October, in particular, left us facing an exceptional strategic challenge in harvest management. At Weingut Robert Weil, we harvested for seven weeks nonstop, often from 14 to 18 hours per day. So we could be more than satisfied with the quality of the 2006 vintage. With regard to quantity, the volume of our crop was just a little less than the long-term average, and thus, also satisfactory.

That we were able to fully take advantage of the opportunities of this vintage is also thanks to our vineyards. Their location in the Taunus foothills enables Riesling grapes to benefit from warmer temperatures. Circulation in our sites helps ensure that our small, loose clusters remain healthy – an all-important prerequisite for high-quality wines. It’s too soon to baptize the new vintage, but qualitatively it will nicely complement its recent forerunners: 2003 “Baroque Vintage”; 2004 “Classic Vintage of the Highest Standing”; and 2005 “Synthesis of 2003 and 2004.” For today, suffice it to say that we were equally challenged and blessed by Mother Nature in 2006.

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The best wines of the 2006 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Hill of Grace 97.7 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
2 IX Estate Syrah 97.3 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
3 Chevalier-Montrachet 97.0 Domaine Étienne Sauzet Burgundy, France
4 Number 10 96.9 Kracher Neusiedlersee, Austria
5 IX Estate 96.6 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
6 Le Désir 96.5 Verite Wines California, United States
7 L'Ermitage Brut 96.3 Roederer Estate California, United States
8 Montrachet 96.3 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
9 Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 96.3 Joseph Drouhin Burgundy, France
10 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 96.3 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
11 Tychson Hill 96.2 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
12 Masseto 96.1 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
13 Hermitage 96.0 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Rhône, France
14 Pingus 96.0 Dominio de Pingus Ribera del Duero, Spain
15 Les Roises Extra Brut 96.0 Ulysse Collin Champagne, France
16 Steinberger Riesling Tba Goldkapsel 96.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
17 Salon 96.0 Salon Champagne, France
18 Number 6 96.0 Kracher Neusiedlersee, Austria
19 Syrah Lorraine Vineyard 96.0 Alban Vineyards California, United States
20 La Joie Sonoma County 96.0 Verite Wines California, United States
21 Alta Vista Alto 96.0 Alta Vista Mendoza, Argentina
22 Harlan Estate 95.7 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
23 A Shot In The Dark 95.5 Sine Qua Non California, United States
24 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 95.5 Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
25 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts Cuvee Christiane 95.5 Domaine de Montille Burgundy, France
26 d'Yquem 95.5 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
27 Ermitage le Pavillon 95.5 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
28 L'Eglise-Clinet 95.5 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
29 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 95.3 E.Guigal Rhône, France
30 Continuum 95.1 Continuum Estate Napa Valley, United States
31 Chevalier-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
32 Chapoutier Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 95.0 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
33 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 95.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
34 Château Haut-Brion 95.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
35 The Judge Chardonnay 95.0 Kongsgaard Napa Valley, United States
36 La Mondotte 95.0 La Mondotte Bordeaux, France
37 Mount Edelstone 95.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
38 Albariño 95.0 Marimar Estate Sonoma Valley, United States
39 Vieux Chateau Certan 95.0 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
40 Syrah Reva Alban Estate Vineyard 95.0 Alban Vineyards California, United States
41 Saxenburg Private Collection Shiraz 95.0 Saxenburg Estate Stellenbosch, South Africa
42 Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 95.0 Brokenwood Hunter Valley, Australia
43 Steinberger Riesling Kabinett Goldkapsel 95.0 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
44 Number 8 95.0 Kracher Neusiedlersee, Austria
45 Mon Plaisir Chardonnay 95.0 Peter Michael Winery Sonoma Valley, United States
46 Clos de la Roche 95.0 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
47 Cristal Rosé 95.0 Louis Roederer Champagne, France
48 St. Eden 95.0 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
49 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 95.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
50 Riesling G-Max 95.0 Weingut Keller Rheinhessen, Germany
51 Point Rouge Chardonnay 95.0 Peter Michael Winery Sonoma Valley, United States
52 Riesling Smaragd Hochrain 95.0 Franz Hirtzberger Wachau, Austria
53 Hermitage Le Méal 95.0 Ferraton Père & Fils Rhône, France
54 Femme de Champagne Rosé 95.0 Duval-Leroy Champagne, France
55 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Beringer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
56 La Mission Haut Brion 95.0 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
57 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 95.0 Weingut J. J. Prüm Mosel, Germany
58 Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts 95.0 Domaine de Montille Burgundy, France
59 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 95.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
60 Raven Series Grenache 95.0 Sine Qua Non California, United States
61 Romanée Conti 94.8 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
62 Richebourg 94.7 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
63 Montrachet 94.7 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
64 Cheval Blanc 94.6 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
65 Richebourg 94.5 Meo Camuzet Burgundy, France
66 La Turque 94.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
67 Condrieu La Doriane 94.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
68 Barolo "Ornato" 94.5 Pio Cesare Barolo, Italy
69 Grange Hermitage 94.3 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
70 Barolo Cannubi Boschis 94.3 Luciano Sandrone Piedmont, Italy
71 La Romanée 94.2 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Burgundy, France
72 Dom Pérignon 94.2 Moët & Chandon Champagne, France
73 Abtserde 94.1 Weingut Keller Rheinhessen, Germany
74 Château Laville Haut-Brion 94.0 Château Laville Haut-Brion Pessac Leognan, France
75 Chateau Bellevue-Mondotte 94.0 Château Bellevue-Mondotte Bordeaux, France
76 Kiedricher GräfenBerg Auslese 94.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
77 Meursault Perrières 94.0 Domaine Pierre Morey Burgundy, France
78 Chablis Grand Cru Clos 94.0 Domaine Raveneau Burgundy, France
79 Redigaffi 94.0 Tua Rita Italy, Italy
80 Barolo 94.0 Bartolo Mascarello Barolo, Italy
81 Number 12 94.0 Kracher Neusiedlersee, Austria
82 Empreinte 94.0 Champagne Geoffroy Champagne, France
83 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio 94.0 Paolo Scavino Piedmont, Italy
84 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Cras 94.0 Domaine Georges Roumier Burgundy, France
85 "Y" 94.0 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
86 Hermitage Les Bessards 94.0 Delas Frères Rhône, France
87 Vina Real Gran Reserva 94.0 C.V.N.E /Cune Rioja, Spain
88 Montrose 94.0 Château Montrose Bordeaux, France
89 Brunello di Moltalcino Riserva 94.0 Poggio Antico Tuscany, Italy
90 Block 6 Shiraz 94.0 Blackjack Bendigo, Australia
91 Barolo Cascina Francia 94.0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
92 Pinot Noir Villamette Valley 94.0 Domaine Serene Oregon, United States
93 Aldo Conterno Barolo Cicala 94.0 Poderi Aldo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
94 Eden Valley Riesling Julius 94.0 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
95 Graacher Domprobst Riesling Spätlese 94.0 Weingut Willi Schaefer Mosel, Germany
96 Meursault Tesson Cuvée Mon Plasir 94.0 Domaine Guy Roulot Burgundy, France
97 Grüner Veltliner M 94.0 F.X. Pichler Wachau, Austria
98 La Muse 94.0 Verite Wines California, United States
99 Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 94.0 Cloudy Bay Marlborough, New Zealand
100 Château L´Evangile 94.0 Château L´Evangile Pomerol, France


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