Tastingbook.com organized the world's largest tasting of the 1990s decade.

    Over 200 best wines from 1990-1999 tasted 

    The eleventh Wine of the Decade tasting took place this autumn in Finland with Tastingbook Pro members from ten countries and four continents. Over 230 top wines around the world were assessed as blind during the four days event. 


    The tasting included wines from all around the world including dry whites, reds, sweet and fortified wines. All wines were tasted blind in five wine sets with vintage as the common nominator on each set. The overall average scores of all wines were 94.5 which is the highest average score ever in Tasting book’s Wine of the Decade tasting.

    The Wine of the Decade events were launched by FINE Wine Magazine in 2013 in South Australia. It has been followed by several Wine of the Decade events– Wine of the Decade 1940s in 2014 and Wine of the Decade 1970s in 2015, Napa Valley Wine of the Decade 1990s in 2015 and Champagne of the Decade 2000s in 2016 in Rheims, Burgundy Wine of the Decade 2000s in Beaune, Champagne of the Decade 1990s in Helsinki, Rhône Wine of the Decade 2000s in 2017, the Wine of the Decade 1980s and now the Wine of the Decade 1990s and Champagne of the Decade 2000s. Today the event is run by the Tastingbook.com in collaboration with FINE Wine Magazines.


    1990s – the global revolution of the wine industry 

    The 1990s was the time of the arms race of wineries and the revolution of modern wine production. Although the first vintage of the decade is remembered as one of the most legendary vintages in France of all time, both in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône and Champagne, the attention of the wine world soon turned beyond France. In Italy, Piedmont produced better wines than ever before in the 1990s, and with the launch of the IGT classification announced in 1992, new super wines from Tuscany and other Italian regions were mushrooming. In Spain, the new wave producers thrumbled in Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Priorato. In Portugal, the Douro Boys laid the foundations for Portugal’s fine still wine's future success.


    However, the upheavals in Europe were small compared to the New World. New Zealand got on the world map with fine whites, while in Australia Penfolds Grange and Hill of Grace got numerous new challengers. On the other side of the globe, Bordeaux's First Growths received challengers from Chile when Almaviva, Don Melchor and Clos Apalta were launched. In the 1990s, with new cult wines, Napa Valley, which had already challenged Bordeaux, became the most followed wine region in the world.



    TOP 10

    TOP 10  Wines: average ratings from 18 wine pros:


    Masseto 1997 (Italy)  98p  (The Best Red Wine of the 1990s Decade)                                                               

    Château Margaux 1990 (France)  98p                                            

    Ramonet Montrachet 1999 (France)  98p (The Best White Wine of the 1990s Decade)    

    Harlan Estate 1994 (USA)  98p

    Château Yquem 1990 (France) 98p(The Best Sweet Wine of the 1990s Decade)    

    Penfolds Grange 1998 (Australia) 98p

    Screaming Eagle 1999 (USA) 97p

    Rousseau Chambertin 1999 (France) 97p

    Château Petrus 1998 (France)  97p

    Dalla Valle Maya 1994 (USA) 97p


    TOP 20

    Château Mouton Rothschild 1990 (France) 97p

    Coche-Dury Meursault Les Rougeots 1996 (France) 97p

    Penfolds Grange 1990 (Australia)  97p

    Château Montrose 1990 (France)  97p

    Château Latour 1995 (France) 97p

    DRC La Tâche 1990 (France)  97p

    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 (France)  97p

    Château Yquem 1999 (France)  97p

    Guigal la Landonne 1999 (France) 97p

    Château Cheval Blanc 1996 (France) 97p


    TOP 30

    Caymus Special Selection 1994 (USA) 96p

    Niepoort Colheita 1994 (Portugal) 96p (The Best Port Wine of the 1990s Decade)    

    Gaja Sori Costa Russi 1990 (Italy) 96p

    Colgin Herb Lamb Vineyard 1994 (USA) 96p

    Grahams Vintage Port 1997 (Portugal) 96p

    Niepoort Redoma White 1996 Magnum 96p

    Château Lafite 1995 (France) 96p

    Guigal La Turque 1998 (France) 96p

    Dujac Clos de la Roche 1999 (France)  95p

    Harlan Estate 1998 (USA)  96p


    TOP 40

    Château Yquem 1995 (France) 96p

    Le Pin 1993 (France) 95p

    Dow’s Vintage Port 1994 (Portugal) 95p

    Petrolo Galatrona 1998 (Italy)95p

    Château Haut-Brion 1995 (France) 95p

    Sassicaia 1999 Magnum (Italy) 95p

    Vega Sicilia Unico 1996 (Spain)  95p

    Harlan Estate 1999 (USA) 95p

    Niepoort Colheita 1997 (Portugal)  95p

    Penfolds Grange 1996 (Australia)  95p


    TOP 50

    Dow Vintage Port 1997 (Portugal) 95p

    Galatrona Petrolo 1997 (Italy) 95p

    Henschke Hill of Grace 1996 (Australia)  95p

    Château Cheval Blanc 1999 (France) 95p

    Guigal La Mouline 1998 (France)  95p

    Dunn Vineyard CS Howell Mountain 1994 (USA) 95p

    Hugel Riesling Vendange Tardive 1990 (France) 95p

    Redoma 1996 Magnum (Portugal) 95p

    Château de Beaucastel Hommage a Jacques Perrin 1999 (France) 95p

    Kracher Nummer 7 1998 (Austria)  95p


    TOP 60

    Harlan Estate 1996 (USA)  95p

    Ridge Monte Bello 1997 (USA) 95p

    Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 1990 (Germany) 95p

    Jim Barry the Armagh 1992 (Australia) 95p

    Dominus 1991 (USA)  94p

    Château Guiraud 1999 (France) 94p

    Graham Vintage Port 1994 (Portugal)  94p

    Chapoutier Ermitage De Lorée 1998 (France) 94p

    Château La Mission Haut-Brion 1998 (France)  94p

    Drouhin Clos Mouches 1990 (France) 94p



    TOP 70

    Vega Sicilia Unico 1999 (Spain)  94p

    Dominus 1992 (USA)  94p

    Domaine Trapet -Rossingnol Latricieres-Chambertin 1998 (France)  94p

    Chapoutier Siranne Hermitage 1990 (France) 94p

    Château Suduiraut 1999 (France)  94p

    Graham Single Harvest Vintage Port 1994 (Portugal) 94p

    Domaine de Chevalier 1990 Magnum (France) 94p

    Henschke Hill of Grace 1991 (Australia) 94p

    Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1991 (France)  94p

    Château Musar 1997 (Lebanon)  94p


    TOP 80

    Araujo Eisele Vineyard Syrah 1994 (USA)  93p

    Lupe-Choet Batard Montrachet 1992 (France) 93p

    Il Caberlot X 1990 Magnum (Italy)  93p

    Gaja Sori San Lorenzo 1999 (Italy) 93p

    Artadi Vina El Pison 1998 (Spain) 93p

    Domaine Angerville Volnay Clod se Ducs 1990 (France)  93p

    Pesquera Janus Gran Reserva 1995 (Spain) 93p

    Pahlmeyer Napa Valley 1994 (USA)   93p

    Meerlust Rubicon 1991 (South Africa)  93p

    Abadia Retuerta Cuvee El Palomar 1996 (Spain) 93p


    TOP 90

    Catena Zapata 1999 (Argentina) 93p

    Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Blanc 1999 (France) 93p

    Pichler Loibner Steinertal Smaragd 1994 (Austria) 93p

    Gaja Sori Tildin 1995 (Italy)  93p

    Kloster Eberbach Steiberger Eiswein 1997 (Germany)93p

    Château Pichon Longueville de Lalande 1995 (France) 93p

    Caymus Special Selection 1998 (USA) 93p

    Jim Barry the Armagh 1991 (Australia)  93p

    Sandrone Barolo Cannubi Boschis 1996 (Italy)  93p

    Domaine de Chevalier Blanc 1996 Magnum (France) 93p


    TOP 100

    d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 1997 (Australia) 93p

    Château Ducru-Beaucailloin 1995 (France) 92p

    Sena 1999 (Argentina)  92p

    Rockford Basket Press Shiraz 1994 (Australia)  92p

    Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva 1990 (Spain) 92p

    Schloss Gobelsburg Riesling Alte Reben Reserve 1997 (Austria) 92p

    Giacosa Rio Sordo Barbaresco 1997 (Italy) 92p

    Castello Banfi Excelsus 1995 (Italy) 92p

    Kloster Eberbach Kiedricher Gräfenber Riesling 1996 (Germany) 92p

    Heitz Marthas Vineyard 1992 (USA)  92p





    The Best Red Wine of the 1990s Decade :  Masseto 1997 (Italy)

    The Best White Wine of the 1990s Decade: Ramonet Montrachet 1999 (France)

    The Best Sweet Wine of the 1990s Decade: Château Yquem 1990 (France)

    The Best Port Wine of the 1990s Decade: Grahams Vintage Port 1997 (Portugal)

    The Best Bordeaux Wine of the 1990s Decade: Château Margaux 1990 (France)

    The Best Burgundy Red Wine of the 1990s Decade: Rousseau Chambertin 1999 (France)

    The Best American Wine of the 1990s Decade: Harlan Estate 1994 (USA)

    The Best Australian Wine of the 1990s Decade: Penfolds Grange 1998 (Australia)

    The Best Italian Wine of the 1990s Decade: Masseto 1997 (Italy)

    The Best Rhône Wine of the 1990s Decade: Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle 1990 (France)

    The Best Portugal Still Wine of the 1990s Decade: Niepoort Redoma Reserva Branco 1996 (Portugal)

    The Best Spanish Wine of the 1990s Decade: Vega Sicilia Unico 1996 (Spain)

    The Best Austrian Wine of the 1990s Decade: Kracher Nummer 7 1998 (Austria)

    The Best German Wine of the 1990s Decade: J.J. Prüm Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese 1990 (Germany)

    The Best Lebanon Wine of the 1990s Decade: Château Musar 1997 (Lebanon)

    The Best South African Wine of the 1990s Decade: Meerlust Rubicon 1991 (South Africa)

    The Best Chilean Wine of the 1990s Decade: Nicolás Catena Zapata 1999 (Chile)

    The Best Argentinian Wine of the 1990s Decade: Sena 1999 (Argentina)










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