2013 -The Greatest Vintage I've Tasted in 37 Years Visiting Northern California - The Game Changer by Robert Parker
The second part of the Northern California report emanates from comprehensive tastings in Napa for twelve days, followed by more tastings in November. To strongly reiterate, 2013 for many wineries in Napa and Sonoma has produced the finest wines I have tasted in 37 years. In fact, all of California has experienced a qualitative bonanza - 2011 better than generally reported, 2012 a superb vintage of flamboyant and dramatic, concentrated wines, 2013 a classic of power, intensity and equilibrium, and 2014 an endearing and charming vintage full of precocious and fruit-forward wines.


Bordeaux 2013 Vintage Report by Château Palmer /

Winter 2013 will remain in the memories of our vineyard craftsmen as one of the dampest of the last few years, significantly complicating their work conditions.

Average temperatures between April 1 and May 31 were the lowest of the decade. Early in the season, our observations showed a delay of about ten days when compared to the 2012 vintage, which was already considered late.
In the month of May, the rainy conditions caused an important amount of coulure in our older Merlots, also affecting the Cabernet Sauvignons. The risk of mildew was, as it had been in 2012, particularly fierce.

Summer weather was then more favorable to us. The month of July was the hottest of the past fourteen years, without being marked by a heat wave. The development of the vines remained stalled on a late growth-cycle and we expected to begin harvesting in early October.

But the month of September held an unpleasant surprise for us: rain, humidity and warm temperatures were our daily due. Dealing with the pressure of botrytis became the determining factor for planning harvest.

We began harvesting on Friday, September 27, with a few of the young Merlots. The next day we increased our pace and, on Sunday, September 29, we harvested 
10 hectares in one single day. The Merlots, so important to the identity of our wines, were picked in time and showed a level of phenolic and aromatic maturity that surpassed our expectations.
We continued harvesting at a lively pace with the Petit Verdots and the Cabernet Sauvignons. The concentration of sugar was somewhat inferior to that of the Merlots, but the aromatic palettes were clean and precise, showing no vegetative odors. This confirmed the admirable reaction of the estate’s terroir in such difficult weather conditions, reflecting also the positive influence of the lovely month of July.

During winemaking, the must was handled with care to avoid the extraction of any potentially rustic tannins. We were able to carefully preserve the silky and velvety identity of the estate’s wines.
To find the right expression of this difficult vintage, we held many different tasting sessions, each leading to numerous debates. Finally, only a third of the total production was retained for the final blend of Château Palmer.

Harvest dates: from 09/27/2013 to 10/11/2013

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Napa Valley Harvest 2013 Report

A seamless year of steady weather and optimal ripening brings in above average yields and excellent quality fine wine grapes

10/22/2013 - St. Helena, CA: The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) reports that the region’s winemakers expect to be done with the 2013 harvest within the next week. “Early, even and excellent” are three words being used to describe this year’s growing season and the Napa Valley wine grapes that have come from it, reflecting the consistent quality for which this world famous wine region is known.

A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. 

The August 1 start of harvest was the earliest in recent history. White wine grapes came in at a furious pace throughout that month, moving on to lighter reds by early September. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact on the grapes. The vast majority of the more delicate skinned grapes had already been harvested and sunny weather with breezes followed the rains, allowing for the mostly Cabernet Sauvignon that remained to dry out almost immediately. The cooler, sunny weather throughout October allowed the final grapes still on the vine to linger longer, developing more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels remaining steady. 

As this harvest comes to a close, it is about two weeks earlier than other Napa Valley harvests in the last decade. Yields on the whole have been above average.

“In a nutshell, this vintage has given us the extraordinary gift of enabling us to pick exactly what we wanted, when we wanted, at perfect ripeness and ideal hang time,” noted Paul Colantuoni, winemaker at Rocca Family Vineyards.

Winemakers from around the valley agree the 2013 vintage holds exceptional promise and potential and exceeded expectations following on the heels of 2012 – another year that has been described as “nearly perfect.” 


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Australia 2013 vintage report 

In its annual vintage survey, the Winemakers' Federation of Australia estimated that the 2013 vintage overall increased by 11% compared with 2012, and was the highest since 2008 at 1.83 million tonnes in total. This intake was 100,000 tonnes above the average for the past six years of 1.73 million tonnes and 170,000 tonnes higher than the 2102 crush of 1.66 million tonnes. 


The increased crop is attributable to an absence of major events such as disease or flooding which affected the previous vintages, as well as the availability of sufficient water for irrigation. In the warm inland regions, conditions were generally good for growing - despite the heat. Conditions early in the season are thought to have contributed to a good growing season. 2013 could not be described as an 'easy' vintage. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that the 2013 summer had been the hottest on record and it was also one of the driest. In addition to heatwaves across south-eastern Australia, there were bushfires in the southern parts of SA and Victoria and very heavy rains along the coast, and extending some way inland, from south-east Queensland almost to Sydney. The sustained warm dry periods produced unusual ripening rates and patterns and an early and very condensed harvest in many regions. However, the impact of the hot and dry conditions was reduced by the availability of water in the irrigated areas and generally good winter rains. 


In 2013 the crush of red and white varieties both increased compared with 2012, but the increase was much greater for reds. Their contribution to the total crush increased to nearly 52% while whites fell to 48% - with reds accounting for 946,000 tonnes and whites for 888,000 tonnes. The top three red varieties were Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot - together accounting for 86% of the red crush. However, the share of the crush accounted for by these varieties was reduced compared with 2012, with the tonnage of minor varieties including Mataro, Tempranillo, Durif, Sangiovese and Barbera increasing by a greater percentage than the tonnage of the top five varieties. Dolcetto was the only variety to show a significant decrease in tonnage as a percentage of its 2012 crush. In the whites, Chardonnay dominated with 45% of the white crush - the next highest contributor being Sauvignon Blanc with 11%, with Semillon falling further behind at 9%. While the red crush increased overall by 14%, the white crush only increased by 7%. Muscat Blanc more than doubled its 2012 crush, while Muscadelle and Viognier also showed moderate increases. Chenin Blanc, Palomino/Pedro, Riesling, Semillon and Traminer all showed small reductions in crush against the trend, while Doradillo was down by 50% (although from a small base).


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The 2013 vintage in Bordeaux was one of the most challenging since 1965 and 1968. Thomas Duroux of Chateau Palmer describes it as “the most complicated vintage in 20 years”. It rained almost continuously during spring. Flowering was uneven resulting in poor set, millerandage and coulure. The threat of mildew was mollified by the arrival of hot dry weather during summer. For a while vignerons were hopeful that plentiful sunshine and benign weather would allow the vines to catch up. Violent storms, wind and intermittent heavy rainfall in July and August hampered vine growth and created difficulties with fruiting. High humidity and cool temperatures prior to harvest led to a slowdown in ripening and the perfect environment for botrytis (grey rot) infection. Merlot did not perform well on the left bank. Chateau Margaux certainly was vulnerable to these conditions, but others, in their efforts to talk up the vintage, have shown superb Gallic denial. You would be forgiven for believing this might be an exceptional vintage; such is the brilliance of the best professional liars in the world.


In years gone by, the weather conditions, uneven ripening and disease pressure would have resulted in disastrous wines. Chateau Margaux avoided the worst rains by bringing in a picking team of 300 people to harvest the crop at lightning speed. Chateau Lafite also raced against the elements and won. Most Chateaux do not have this type of luxury. Sorting tables, were “derigeur” during the harvest, allowing the best berries to be selected. I can’t remember seeing any red wine with noticeable botrytis characters. The fruit, however, did not generally ripen to optimum levels. Many producers found it necessary to chaptalize their vinifications to allow the wine to reach a more attractive level of alcohol. Some Chateaux, including Cos d’Estournel at 12.7% alc, made their wines apparently without the addition of sugar. Most estates, however, found it difficult to achieve phenolic ripeness. Tannins are the framework of all red wines. They don’t have to be perfectly ripe; an “al-dente” texture can give a compelling freshness and appealing structure. But it was easy to over extract in 2013. The very best wines were those that were “unpushed” and intuitive to vintage conditions. The use of saignée (juice run off), reverse osmosis and other methods to concentrate wine, is never talked about by winemakers, but there were a few wines with soupy textures and unnatural mouthfeel.


Many of the 2013 primeurs wines have only been in barrel for a few weeks. This creates challenges because the oak characters can detract from the inherent quality of the young wines. Many Chateaux will no doubt adjust their oak maturation philosophies to match the character of the vintage. Others will use oak as a cosmetic or builders bog to fill the structural inadequacies of their wine. Acidity is also strongly present in the wines this year. This element is essential for the freshness, tension and life expectancy of any vintage. In riper years, acidity tends to play second fiddle, yet in 2013, it is a principal violin. Fruit character, perhaps the most important feature of any wine, inevitably varies according to sub region and vineyard. The very best wines of this vintage have the aromatic quality, persistence and depth of good vintages. Ultimately the most triumphant red wines are proportionate to the commitment and the financial resources of the wine producer.


Although Merlot struggled in the Medoc, it performed well on the right bank. Pomerol was comparatively resplendent with generous fruit and riper tannin backbones than elsewhere. St Emilion was also capable of making some lovely wine, but as usual the results were mixed. Pessac Leognan reds were muscular and on the rustic side, whereas the whites were minerally and fresh with strong acidities. Many feel that the dry whites are excellent. For most Australians, these wines don’t really offer value. There were some good Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant red wines made in the Medoc. However, no single sub region prevailed. If anything I preferred Pauillac, especially Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste and Chateau Batailley.


The humidity that hampered the 2013 harvest in the Medoc and elsewhere worked in favour of Sauternes and Barsac producers. There was a ‘widespread proliferation” of botrytis cinerea (noble rot) during Bordeaux’s wet autumn. The wines range from magnificent to standard in quality. The very best have a beautiful honey, barley water complexity, understated richness and viscosity and fresh acidity. Chateau d’Yquem is remarkably good. The biodynamic Chateau Climens is a beautiful expressive wine. Every year, I taste it in barrel and in parts. I can imagine the final blend and it will not disappoint.


The 20% drop in exchange rates between the Australian Dollar and the Euro over the last year will make the 2013 more expensive that the better 2012 and 2011 vintages. Unfortunately this will have a significant impact on market opportunities in Australia. It is unlikely the Chateau owners will drop their prices significantly enough to make this campaign worthwhile. The drop in demand from China and the “pipeline” full in other markets will result in sluggish sales across the world. Although this year’s primeur campaign will test the resilience of the traditional Bordeaux wine trade, there is still an impressive level of optimism. I think everyone is looking forward to moving on from the 2013 vintage. On the other hand this is the type of vintage, with a touch of bottle age, that could reappear in a more favourable light in a few years time.



Bordeaux Vintage Report 

by BBR

Bordeaux 2013 has been a challenge for everyone and considering that the vintage was written off by some, even before a wine was tasted, it is pleasing to find that good terroir and good winemakers have created good wines.

Our Chairman, Simon Berry, in his blog about the potential of this vintage, reflected on how " we may never see a bad vintage again. The weather conditions in 2013 were truly dreadful: only a hot July and August bucked the trend.  Some estates – anything between 20 and 50, depending on whose palates you trust – had the terroir, the technology, the money or the mastery to come up with wines which are truly worthy of their brands."

Simon Berry concludes that a new pattern emerges in the way Bordeaux vintages are assessed. "There will be no more highs and lows, peaks and troughs, triumphs and disasters – now we will have great years, and perfectly decent years. So perhaps we should treat Bordeaux like we treat our music: looking out for the latest release from our favourite artist, and buying it expecting to be surprised at their development, or a new interpretation. We could use painting as an analogy, or a favourite actor if you prefer. But the concept of sticking to a group of your favourite châteaux, buying a case or so from each vintage and watching their development over the years is not such a strange one. "

Bordeaux Red Wines Assessment
Historically low yields, historically different blends (Ch. Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in Pauillac have produced a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time in 2013), and the requirement for rigorous selection, were recurring themes that winemakers were keen to discuss with us during our visit to sample the vintage in late March and early April 2014.

This, plus the effect of weather patterns during the growing season and the differences in terroir have caused great inconsistencies in style between appellations and even between wines from the same commune or indeed vineyard. Take for example Ch. Margaux, who used no Merlot for the first time in their Grand Vin for 2013, and Ch. Palmer who had 49% Merlot in their blend. These two properties from Margaux have different terroir with Paul Pontallier of Ch. Margaux explaining how theirs is perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon and Thomas Deroux of Ch. Palmer being very happy with his Merlot harvest. Good terroir and having plantings of the most suitable grape varieties upon it made the creation of good wine a bit easier.

However, winemakers still had a crucial role to play with the most successful wines of the vintage being able to preserve the balance between the wines’ aromatic expression and a precise, silky structure. Rich, fleshy fruit was hard to find and quite simply came from properties who were able to conduct slow, gentle extraction during vinification. Handling the fruit gently was very important as the grapes were more fragile than in recent years.

2013 is not a great vintage and, across the board, we may not even be able to class 2013 as a good vintage. But what is unfair, is to judge every wine as a collective. In years such as these it is important to taste as many wines as possible and judge them on their merits, while meeting the winemakers to hear about the difficulties they face and learning how they overcame them. 

Weather Conditions
All vintage assessments have to begin with understanding how the weather influenced the winemaking process and it is quite clear that 2013 was a complicated vintage. Spring was long and cold, with the first six months of the year seeing very heavy rainfall. In fact, the rainfall was so high in St Estèphe that Ch. Calon-Ségur recorded an extraordinary 230 days of rain during 2013, compared with a 30-year average of just 124.

Average temperatures in April and May were the lowest of the decade and this all caused great concern, with many seeing flowering severely delayed and others fearing that their vines may shut down completely. In almost all cases, this lack of sunshine caused coulure and millerandage, which reduced the yields.

Vines don’t tend to prosper in cold, damp conditions so it was fortunate that the summer weather improved, with July proving to be particularly hot, and followed by some extremely high temperatures and stormy weather in August, especially in the earlier part of the month.
At the end of the summer and moving into September, the weather became even more unpredictable with a mixture of humidity, rain and warm temperatures causing concern.

Ripening isn’t necessarily affected by this type of weather pattern, but it does increases the likelihood of botrytis, which was found at many estates. Where severe attacks of botrytis took place, and indeed in many cases where predicting the optimum period for grape ripening and thus harvesting wasn’t possible, estates had to harvest very quickly and relied upon the responsiveness, perseverance and hard work of their grape pickers tremendously.

In many cases the grapes did ripen fully, but the unfortunate mixture of unpredictable weather during the key early and late months, meant that many properties struggled to provide a richness and flesh to the fruit on the palate, something which is found almost across the board in the exceptional and warm vintages such as 2009.

Having been difficult to predict throughout the growing season, and generally arriving very quickly and requiring fast responses, harvest arrived late, with some properties harvesting in late September and others during early-mid October. This of course varies from estate to estate and indeed across the variety of different grape varieties which are planted. It should be noted however, that whilst the harvest should be classed as late, we are only talking about a difference of a week to ten days in some cases.

Preventative methods proved their full worth once again. With canopy management, de-leafing, green harvesting, and in many places bunch selecting in August, having a positive effect on the outcome of the wines. Despite this, ripening within bunches was still uneven, so a lot of work was required in the vineyard and in the cellar, carefully selecting and carefully managing the fruit throughout the winemaking process.


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Burgundy Vintage Report by Rousseau and Etienne Grivot

After a winter of high rain fall the 2013 harvest was one of the latest. With regular light rain fall from mid-April and with a few spring like days, this was enough to bring the vines to bud.May was wet with 17 days of rain and towards the end of the month the vegetation had hardly evolved. At this stage the 2013 vintage was already 15 to 18 days late in comparison to an average year.The amount of work in the vines and passages in the rows was extremely high, the likes of which had never been seen before. The water table rose and there was heavy localised flooding.

At the beginning of June a return of seasonal temperatures prompted growth on the vines with one new leaf growing every 2 days! The very first flowers were seen mid-June in the earlier flowering vineyards. Flowering progressed quickly in the heat wave temperatures before a sudden stop from 19-20 June. The cool wet conditions in late June were unfavourable to the flower; coulure and millerandage were noted in numerous parcels. Thanks to three weeks of summer conditions, we finally saw a clear evolution of the vines: the grapes grew quickly in the Côtes.

In the last ten days of July the bunches closed up and tightened up in the Côte de Nuits. The vintage was still 10 days late compared to the average.The grapes really only started to change colour from the 15th August. Progress was very slow as this will only happen if the temperatures are favourable and there is a lot of water! It was only when the rains returned in late August, early September that the grapes really changed colour. 


The 2013 Burgundy Vintage by Etienne Grivot

Following a mild, wet winter, the 2013 vintage finally declared itself ready rather late.  On April 25, a frank start for the vegetation was induced by temperatures over 10°C above normal. Early May however brought frightfully cold weather with temperatures 15° lower than the seasonal average plus abundant rain. We immediately observed aborted grapes. 

May 24 brought a near catastrophe with a morning temperature of 0 to 1°C. 
June began with good weather and a nice northeast wind. In consideration of the vines, it was evident that the cold had given us the boost we needed to endure this nail-biting period. 
June 20 recorded hot weather if not a heat wave. The flowering had barely begun and storms were menacing. 
July 2 the climatic conditions were manifestly stable. Although spared from hail storms the overall flowering appeared very uneven. 
In July and early August, the excellent summer conditions incited a great spurt of growth. In spite of this the vineyard remained behind schedule. 
On August 25 ripening seemed considerably laborious. The days were warm but nights cold. 
Beginning of September brought more cold and rain. It was not until mid-September that the temperatures finally stabilized with nice blue skies and a light NE wind.


Needless to say 2013 was decried as having had a difficult vegetative cycle! And yet, although late toward the end of September, the grapes looked incredibly healthy. Even if the sugar content was not quite up to par, the skins were beautiful and seeds quite ripe. All we could do was to wait!

We began harvest on October 5. I compared this vintage immediately and intuitively with 1978. Thanks to my aunt Jacqueline Jayer’s conscientious habit of writing detailed notes on a daily basis, I was able to observe two significant similarities between the two vintages 2014 - 1978. In both cases there was a late harvest date - October 8 for 1978. Furthermore there was a noticeable lack of seeds, and occasionally a single atrophied one in a normal-sized berry.

At this point the vines had two priorities: allow the seeds to ripen so they could generate new seedlings, and restore the starch reserves to better endure winter and insure their own longevity. Due to the lack of seeds, the vines were able to regain their energy reserve very rapidly and eventally match the good quality of the skins. As a result we had an incredibly good vintage.

The wines are deep and dense with an intense robe, indicating a judicious compromise between pulp and energy. I adore this vintage and am convinced that, like its predecessor of 1978, it will, at one stage in its life, be both qualified as voluptuous and endowed with a lovely freshness.


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The Champagne harvest 2013– late, but potentially outstanding

It has been another strange year for Champagne, starting with a cold, wet winter, followed by a gloomy, chilly spring with a lot of rain. Vine development started two weeks behind the ten-year average, and never made up for that lost time.

Along the way came a hot dry summer, boosting fruit quality thanks to the most sunshine ever recorded in Champagne in July and August.

Rain came from 6 September onwards, which helped to fatten the berries - then fortunately stopped in time to allow good conditions for final ripening. Considering the lateness of the harvest, the weather this year was exceptionally good – almost summer-like with unusually warm temperatures and sunshine, and a wind from the east to help keep the grapes healthy.

It was a year of big differences in the timing of the harvest, with picking in the most precocious plots starting on 24 September and in the slower-ripening areas on 9 October. Most plots commenced harvesting in the first days of October – the latest start date seen in Champagne for two decades.

Bearing in mind the economic situation, Champagne's governing body has set the yield limit at 10,000 kilos per hectare. Most crus should achieve this yield, excepting only a few that were partially affected by millerandage (shot berries), hailstorms and botrytis.

An average potential alcohol of nearly 10% ABV and good acidity averaging around 8.5g H2SO4 per litre together suggest a promising balance for the eventual wine. The Champenois are already drawing favourable comparisons with the vintages of 1983, 1988 and 1998 – these too being the product of late harvests.

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The best wines of the 2013 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Chambertin 98.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
2 Harlan Estate 97.5 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
3 Dominus 97.1 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
4 Le Désir 97.0 Verite Wines California, United States
5 “50 Harvests” Meritage 97.0 Steele Canyon Cellars California, United States
6 Pechstein Großes Gewächs Riesling 97.0 Weingut Reichsrat Von Buhl Pfalz, Germany
7 Musigny 97.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
8 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 97.0 Lail Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
9 Quella 97.0 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
10 Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Orée 96.8 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
11 "Raison D'Etre" 96.8 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
12 "Pièce de Résistance" 96.8 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
13 St. Eden 96.5 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
14 La Muse 96.5 Verite Wines California, United States
15 Les Pavot 96.5 Peter Michael Winery Sonoma Valley, United States
16 The Armagh 96.5 Jim Barry Wines Clare Valley, Australia
17 IX Estate 96.3 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
18 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 96.3 Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
19 Proprietary Red 96.1 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley, United States
20 Pluribus 96.0 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
21 L'Ermita 96.0 Álvaro Palacios Catalonia, Spain
22 IX Estate Syrah 96.0 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
23 Screaming Eagle 96.0 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
24 Le Pin 96.0 Le Pin Bordeaux, France
25 Kiedrich Turmberg Riesling 96.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
26 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese 96.0 Weingut Markus Molitor Mosel, Germany
27 Chablis Montmains Premier Cru 96.0 Domaine Raveneau Burgundy, France
28 Continuum 96.0 Continuum Estate Napa Valley, United States
29 Meursault-Perrières 96.0 Coche Dury Burgundy, France
30 Saffredi (Super-Tuscan) 96.0 Fattoria le Pupille Tuscany, Italy
31 Gewurztraminer Clos Urbain Rangen de Thann 96.0 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Alsace, France
32 Richebourg 96.0 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
33 Kiedrich Klosterberg 96.0 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
34 Corton- Charlemagne Grand Cru 96.0 Domaine Bonneau du Martray Burgundy, France
35 Gargiulo OVX G Major 7 Cabernet Sauvignon 96.0 Gargiulo Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
36 La Joie Sonoma County 96.0 Verite Wines California, United States
37 d'Yquem 95.8 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
38 Château Climens 95.7 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
39 Madrona Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon 95.7 Abreu Vineyards St.Helena, United States
40 Promontory 95.6 Promontory Napa Valley, United States
41 Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 95.6 Eisele Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
42 Scarecrow 95.5 Scarecrow Estate Napa Valley, United States
43 Pinot Noir "Eileen" Vineyard 95.5 Cristom Vineyards Oregon, United States
44 Chappellet Pritchard Hill 95.5 Chappellet Winery Napa Valley, United States
45 Château Coutet 95.5 Château Coutet Sauternes, France
46 Beaulieu Georges de Latour Private Reserve 95.5 Beaulieu Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
47 Kiedricher Gräfenberg 95.5 Weingut Robert Weil Rheingau, Germany
48 Morey-Saint-Denise 95.5 Domaine Hubert Lignier Burgundy, France
49 Blankiet Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Paradise Hills 95.4 Blankiet Estate Napa Valley, United States
50 Clos-de-Vougeot 95.0 Château de la Tour Burgundy, France
51 Blueline Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Hourglass Estate Napa Valley, United States
52 Richebourg 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
53 Château Rieussec 95.0 Château Rieussec Sauternes, France
54 Cayas Syrah du Valais Réserve 95.0 Jean-René Germanier Valais, Switzerland
55 Montrachet 95.0 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
56 Berncasteler Doctor Riesling Auslese 95.0 Weingut Dr. H. Thanisch Erben Müller-Burggraef, Germany
57 Riesling Pettenthal GG 95.0 Weingut Keller Rheinhessen, Germany
58 Melbury 95.0 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
59 Notre Vin Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Malbec & Malbec Cellars Napa Valley, United States
60 Westhofener Morstein Riesling Großes Gewächs 95.0 Weingut Wittmann Rheinhessen, Germany
61 ArnaldoRivera Barolo Ravera 95.0 Terre del Barolo Piedmont, Italy
62 Riesling G-Max 95.0 Weingut Keller Rheinhessen, Germany
63 St Henri Shiraz 95.0 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
64 Blanket Estate Mythicus 95.0 Blankiet Estate Napa Valley, United States
65 Bâtard-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
66 Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
67 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 95.0 Memento Mori California, United States
68 Second Flight 95.0 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
69 Père de Famille 95.0 Betz Family Winery Washington State, United States
70 Cabernet Sauvignon "74-41" 95.0 Jean Edwards Cellars California, United States
71 Puligny-Montrachet 95.0 Domaine Leflaive Burgundy, France
72 Art Series Chardonnay 95.0 Leeuwin Estate Margaret River, Australia
73 Bearflag Dark Red Wine Blend 95.0 Bear Flag Wine California, United States
74 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Ridge Vineyards Santa Cruz, United States
75 ArnaldoRivera Barolo Boiolo 95.0 Terre del Barolo Piedmont, Italy
76 Château Doisy-Daene 95.0 Château Doisy-Daëne Bordeaux, France
77 Gran Malbec 95.0 De Angeles Mendoza, Argentina
78 Château Haut-Brion Blanc 95.0 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
79 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 95.0 Dunn Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
80 La Turque 95.0 E.Guigal Rhône, France
81 Alluvional 95.0 Familia Zuccardi Mendoza, Argentina
82 Tempranillo "Estate" 95.0 Weisinger Family Winery Oregon, United States
83 By Farr Chardonnay 95.0 The Farr Family Victoria, Australia
84 Pinot Noir "Horseshoe Vineyard" 95.0 Rhys Vineyards California, United States
85 L'Extravagant de Doisy Daëne 95.0 Château Doisy-Daëne Bordeaux, France
86 ArnaldoRivera Barolo Vignarionda 95.0 Terre del Barolo Piedmont, Italy
87 ArnaldoRivera Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 94.9 Terre del Barolo Piedmont, Italy
88 Meursault Charmes 94.9 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Burgundy, France
89 ArnaldoRivera Barolo Bussia 94.8 Terre del Barolo Piedmont, Italy
90 Château de Fargues 94.8 Château de Fargues Sauternes, France
91 La Romanée 94.7 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Burgundy, France
92 Hourglass Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 94.6 Hourglass Estate Napa Valley, United States
93 Opus One 94.6 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
94 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5 Spottswoode Winery Napa Valley, United States
95 Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet 94.5 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
96 Marcobrunn Großes Gewächs Riesling 94.5 Kloster Eberbach Rheingau, Germany
97 Syrah "Chapel Block", 94.5 Owen Roe Washington State, United States
98 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 94.5 E.Guigal Rhône, France
99 Pinot Noir "Shea" Vineyard 94.5 St Innocent Winery Oregon, United States
100 Ornellaia 94.5 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy


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BWW-Best Wine of the World -competition 2017

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PLEASE, VOTE YOUR FAVOURITE WINES NOW and make the difference! 


You can vote any Red/White wines from vintages 2008-2017 and Champagnes from 2002 vintage. Just use our search engine to find your favourite wines.


BWW is the largest and most important wine competition in the world in terms of amount of wines, consumers and professionals.    

Alto Los Torros Syrah 2011, De Martino
Grüner Veltliner Vinothekfüllung Smaragd 2015, Emmerich Knoll
Fleur Noire Blanc de Noirs 2008, Beaumont des Crayeres
Columella 2015, Sadie Family
Signature Viognier 2015, Darioush