2015 ‘VERY GOOD’ RATING FOR THE EARLIEST RIOJA VINTAGE IN HISTORY. / The D.O.Ca. Rioja Control Board has given the 2015 vintage an official ‘Very Good’ rating. It was the earliest harvest in the history of Rioja and the results are very satisfactory both in terms of quality and quantity. The total production is 319 million litres of wine. The most outstanding qualities of this year’s vintage are freshness and elegance, in addition to optimal ageing potential. The rating is the average of the marks given to 4,454 samples of wine subjected to a strict approval process. The samples are taken directly from the wineries’ fermenters by Control Board personnel and subjected to laboratory and sensory tests. Finally, a total of 298.48 million litres (16.62 ML white, 13.62 ML rosé and 268.24 ML red) were approved, meaning they earn the right to be certified as wines protected by the D.O.Ca. Rioja; a solid quality guarantee for consumers.      


Good weather throughout the growing cycle provided excellent canopy growth and grapes in top condition, free of pests or disease. It also enabled balanced ripening across all vineyards, and unhurried, selective picking. September proved exceptionally favourable for quality. One of the most curious facts about the 2015 harvest is that it took place practically simultaneously across the region with the bulk of the grapes being picked within a four-week period. Normally, the grape harvest in Rioja is carried out gradually over nearly two months. The feast of Virgen del Pilar on 12 October is when the grape harvest has traditionally reached its peak. This year, however, practically all the vineyards had been picked out by that date. Berry quality was very good and the grapes arrived in top condition with test results that showed they were very suitable for making excellent wines.   Quality is particularly outstanding in those wines from vines located in cooler areas with moderate vigour and limited production. Compared to the previous vintage, red wines show the most notable differences, with a slightly higher-than-average alcohol content (14.15%). The traits defining the average 2015 vintage wine are intense fruit from proper ripening and very elegant tannins, exceptionally smooth in some cases. In general, the red wines exhibit great aromatic complexity and stand out for their finesse and elegance. This is accompanied by a very good balance and structure, making them optimally suited for ageing.



Complete 2015 Bordeaux report by Andrew Caillard MW “Next in line of a great series of vintages; 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010 & 2015.”


2015 is a wonderful Bordeaux vintage without the hype or hysteria associated with 2009 and 2010. The wines are generally expressive and generous with marvellous concentration and structure. Give another year in barrel, the wines should gain more fruit complexity and volume. The Châteaux, across all sub-regions, are excited by the beautiful fragrance, clear fruit flavours and brisk energy of the wines, and believe the vintage to be the best since 2010. More than a few times the phrase “a vintage of the decade” has been mentioned. I have tasted through most of the top wines, some on more than a few occasions, and feel confident that this is a vintage worth supporting. It is a very successful vintage.


Weather conditions were generally ideal with perfect flowering and set during Spring. A hot dry and sunny spell during June and July kept the vines in balance; the near-drought conditions resulted in excellent cluster development. Veraison (in which the grape berries turn from green and hard to coloured and fleshy) began towards the end of July. Light rains refreshed the canopies and hydrated the clusters. Cooler weather arrived in August with above average rainfall. The northern Medoc was exposed to heavy rains, but no berry splitting or significant disease pressure was reported. The cooler conditions running up to harvest in September allowed the grapes to conserve their aromatic potential and ripen relatively evenly.


The red wines across the right bank and the left bank are generally impressive in concentration, vigour and freshness. While all the wines are tasted extremely young, it is easy to see the quality and dimension of the vintage. Merlot performed particularly well, with many Châteaux picking intermittently over a three-week window to achieve optimal freshness, fleshiness and ripeness. Cabernet Franc, its companion in many of the wines, gives an attractive “tannin seam” and structural vigour. Already observers are calling it a right bank (St Emilion & Pomerol) year. Ch Vieux Château Certan, described as “La Force Tranquille,”and Château Petrus were my top two right bank wines followed by Château Ausone. All have a buoyancy and precision that augers well for the future.


The southern left bank (Margaux and Pessac-Leognan) also stumped up some beautiful concentrated wines. The alcoholic strength and tannin ripeness seem to correlate with this impression.  Cabernet Sauvignon, typically ”needing to takes its time”, brought wines of lovely aromaticity, concentration and vitality. The success of this variety has been dependent on the sophistication of harvesting and selection at blending. Château Margaux and Château Palmer are amazing wines. Château Haut Brion and Château La Mission Haut Brion made dense chocolaty styles. Château Haut Bailly is particularly refined and beautifully balanced.


At Château Batailley, the introduction of a second wine and closer attention to differentiation, led to one of the best vintages in its history. Many of the small refinements and decisions in the vineyard and winery allowed several top Châteaux in St Julien, Pauillac and St Estephe to make beautiful wines too. The hard selection process is particularly evident on the left bank. Château Margaux and Château Cos d’Estournel chose to rigorously defend their first wines by very detailed picking and selection. Only 35% and 39% (respectively) of the harvest went into their Grand Vin. St Emilion’s Ch Cheval Blanc on the other hand comprised 95.1% of the harvest, leaving no reason to make Petit Cheval in 2015.


Attention to detail in the vineyard, especially after the August rains, and huge investment in optical sorting machines (at a cost of around 200,000 Euros each) at harvest ensured the grapes were in good condition before vinification. It is quite incredible how the fruit arrives into the winery these days. Meticulous attention to detail has become the norm within the Grand Cru Classé community. The First Growth Estates with their huge financial investments in vineyard and cellar practices, all made impressive wines this year. Perhaps the most evocative of all is Château Margaux. The death of the estate’s longstanding winemaker Paul Pontallier, on Easter Sunday from cancer, rocked Bordeaux’s wine community. He was a man for all seasons. He brought the best out of his people and his wines, whatever the vintage offered. 2015 Château Margaux, in all likelihood, will be the greatest vintage of its modern history.


Despite the sombre mood at this year’s 2015 En Primeurs tastings, the energy of Spring brought a sense of renewal. Budburst in the vineyards, white and pink blossom in full bloom, the pure chirrup of fledglings and the vibrant new wines of the vintage promised the animation and maturation of life. The colours, densities, flavours and tannin quality of the young red wines all suggest a great vintage in the making. It is one of the wine trade’s most curious practices to make comment on unfinished wine, yet somehow the predictions become more or less right. Over the next year the wines will develop more fruit complexity, richness and volume in barrel. The tannins, oak and fruit will further integrate.


The sweet aperitif/ dessert wines of Sauternes and Barsac have also fared extremely well. The combination of even ripening and optimum outbreaks of botrytis cinerea has brought some magnificent wines. Some are calling it the best vintage since 2001, arguably the greatest vintage in recent memory. While Ch d’Yquem looked gorgeous, the elegantly styled Ch Climens, still in many parts, will be wonderful. Typically this wine is tasted out of several barrels, and my notes are a composite of eight different elements. The fragrance, vibrancy, freshness, and line are amazing. The dry whites, mainly Sauvignon Blanc or Gris dominant are refreshing styles with attractive freshness and drive. Ch Haut Brion Blanc is an amazing wine, but its release price will reflect its rarity.


The Châteaux will likely bring out the vintage in two tranches to capture the appetite of the world’s wine trade. The first offers will probably be a touch higher than last years opening prices. This will be against the advice of the negociants who have been running on very low margins for many years now. The weakening of the British Pound and the Australian Dollar against the euro may be a stumbling block for some buyers, but there will be value and opportunity in this forthcoming primeur campaign. For Australian buyers, this is absolutely the best way to buy Bordeaux. Provenance is guaranteed, allocations confirmed and the price will still be less than future imports, by virtue of the structure of the Place de Bordeaux.

Better market conditions in China and the US, together with a significant vintage in both quantity and quality, will see momentum return to Bordeaux after a four-year period of stagnation and uncertainty. The cat and mouse game between the Châteaux, the negociants and wine trade now begins. Regardless of the outcome, Bordeaux will continue to be the fine wine reference for many decades. There is something utterly unique, invigorating and evocative about mature Bordeaux wines. The best of the 2015 will be transformative and delicious to drink. All you need is patience, moderately deep pockets and the will to buy!


Margaux / Beautiful wines with gorgeous fruit density and fine sinuous tannins. Its is some years since Margaux shone so brightly. Ch Margaux, Ch Palmer, Ch Rauzan Segla, Ch Rauzan Gassies, Alter Ego de Cg Palmer. Ch Pavillon Rouge, Ch Malescot de St Exupery, Ch D’Angludet, Ch Kirwan, Ch Cantenac Brown and Ch Brand Cantenac are highlights.


St Julien / Fragrant and well concentrated with slinky textures and inky length. Ch Leoville Lascases, Ch Ducru Beaucaillou and Ch Leoville Barton were top performers. But I also liked Ch Beychevelle, Ch Branaire Ducru and Ch Lagrange, Croix de Beaucaillou and Ch Lalande Borie, both connected to Ch Ducru Beaucaillou, are beneficiaries of meticulous selection.


Pauillac / The very top estates made great wine. The First Growths all made very fine wines. There is a debate about which is best. I like Ch Mouton Rothschild the best and admired Ch Latour for its precision and potential for longevity. The latter won’t be released en-primeur so ist academic. Ch Lafite is excellent too. Ch Pontet Canet is outstanding, as you would expect from such an enlightened and eccentric estate.  I was also immensely impressed with Ch Batailley and Ch Lynch Bages. Ch Clerc Milon, Ch Grand Puy Lacoste, Ch Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and its opposite neighbour Ch Pichon Longueville Baron.


St Estephe / Classic wines with aromatic complexity and muscular drive. A little more variable than other sub-regions, probably because of its exposure to heavy rains and Atlantic weather. Ch Montrose and Ch Cos’ d’Estournel made beautiful wines, by very careful selection of the crop. Their associate wines were very good too; La Dame de Montrose, Ch Tronquoy-Lalande and Pagodes de Cos.


Pessac Leognan & Graves / Powerful wines with density and strength. Both Ch La Mission Haut Brion and Ch Haut Brion are standouts with amazing concentration and vigour, accompanied by relatively high alcohols. The superb Ch Haut Bailly, Ch Smith Haut Lafitte, and Domaine de Chevalier are my personal favourites.


Pomerol / Wonderful fleshy wines with superb concentration and chocolaty textures. It is one of the most impressive Pomerol vintages of the last twenty years with "lots of shoulder and length." Vieux Chateau Certan and Ch Petrus were profound standouts. The list is long but Ch Latour-à-Pomerol, Ch La Fleur, Ch Lafleur Petrus, Ch Trontanoy, Ch Hosanna and Ch Bon Pasteur were also highlights.


St Emilion /A very strong year, many wines having superb fruit generosity, freshness and line. Ch Angelus, Ch Ausone, Ch Canon, Ch Cheval Blanc, Ch Figeac, Ch Trottevielle, and Ch Troplong Mondot are very top performers. Highlights also include Ch Beauséjour, Ch Canon La-Gaffelliere. Ch Gracia, Ch La Couspaude, Ch La Dominique, Ch Larmande, Ch Pavie Macquin, Quinault L'Enclos, Clos Fourtet, La Chapelle d’Ausone and Clos Cantenac. Ch Chantecaille Clauzel, lying like a shag on an encrusted diamond rock, is not particularly well known, but its story is remarkable and the wine worth buying for the conversation alone.


Sauternes Barsac /A very strong year. The wines possess beautiful fragrance, clarity, viscosity, richness and acid line. Ch Climens, Ch Coutet and Ch Guiraud are wonderful standouts. Ch de Rayne Vigneau, Ch Doisy Daene, Ch Doisy Vedrines. Clos Haut Peyraguey, Ch La Tour Blanche, Ch Rabaud Promis, Ch Rieussec and Suduiraut all produced fine examples too. The lesser known Ch Broustet, Ch Caillou, Ch de Myrat and Ch Suau were exemplary. Ch d’Yquem is of course impressive, but next door neighbour Ch Guiraud, offers a very similar quality and style.






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The 2015 Harvest by Clive Coates MW

The bad news is Chablis. In the early hours of Tuesday 1st September a severe storm hit the Chablis area. From Irancy up to the grands crus of Blanchots and Les Clos a swathe of hail – some hailstones as large as golf balls – has affected some 100 hectares of the vineyard. In all 97 mm of rain fell in six hours. The weather then cleared, threatening rot, and most growers rushed out to harvest before it was too late. Thankfully most of the grands crus have reverted to picking by hand, so a preliminary triage could be accomplished before the fruit arrived at the winery.

Elsewhere Burgundy has been spared. It did not rain. A token amount of Chardonnay harvesting began in the week of August 31th, and by the following Monday the harvest was fully under way. The weather then cooled, not only conserving the acidities, but making life more pleasant for the pickers. I can attest from my experience with the 1964 crop over forty years ago that it is not much fun picking grapes in unrelenting heat. The first week – that is the week of September 7th – the weather was fine. Later in September the weather cooled a little. It stayed dry until the weekend of 12th September, when the first serious rain for two months or more fell in the Côte d'Or and further south. For two or three days during that week the picking was interrupted. By Saturday 19th September the harvest was all but over except for a few vineyards in the Hautes Côtes.

All the way from the Côte d'Or down to the Mâconnais the fruit was in splendid condition. Michel Lafarge reported that he has rarely seen such magnificent grapes, and his comments have been echoed by others. Aromas in the cellars are intoxicating. A further bonus is that after several years of short crops the 2015 harvest is reasonably abundant. For this much thanks.

Prices, however seem destined to be high; perhaps the highest in real terms that they have ever been. The Hospices auction will give us an indication of this. But when we read that Henri Jayer's Vosne-Romanée, Cros Parentoux, 1996 now fetches £90000 a case one can hardly expect comparable wines of the 2015 vintage to sell for peanuts.


September 1st 2015

The splendid weather in July has been followed by an August, which, if not quite so continuously hot and sunny, has been for the most part equally good, particularly towards the end of the month.

And it has continued dry. There have been, thankfully, no storms, no hail, and no threat of rot. Indeed the vines are in magnificent condition. The advance weather forecast for September tells us that it will cool over the first ten or so days, but then warm up again. The harvest will start during the next week or so, and all indications are that it will be both plentiful and successful. Just what Burgundy needs. It's all smiles here!


August 1st 2015

The weather has been splendid for a the whole of the month of July: day after day of warm, sometimes very hot temperatures, and almost a complete absence of rain. While this has made the lawns look rather dispiritingly brown and parched, the vines, with their deep root systems, have suffered no drought stress, and those people with swimming pools have been able to indulge in their fortune. For once, while there have been a couple of thunderstorms, the vineyards have escaped any hail damage.

The vintage is due to commence around the week of September 7th. Keep your fingers crossed that the good weather continues. The long range weather forecast indicates that, though not as hot or as dry as July, the weather in August will be mainly sunny and warm.


July 1st 2015

The weather has been splendid for a month now, and the projections continue promising. Slowly but surely during the month the temperatures rose, and in this last week they have reached well above 30°. Meanwhile it has been dry but not excessively so. The vines have flowered successfully, indicating a plentiful crop, bar disasters. As I indicated a month ago, the harvest should commence around September 10th.


June 1st 2015

It was an uneventful winter. When it was cold – and it was never very cold – it was dry. When it rained the temperatures were mild. So there was no problem with icy roads. April was warmer and drier than usual, as it often has been recently, and this encouraged a bud-break a little earlier than usual. But May, apart from a couple of days in the middle of the month when it reached 32°, was characterised by sunny mornings, clouding over by lunchtime, and temperatures which struggled to exceed 20°. But it has been dry. The vines began to flower around the 25th. So we can expect the harvest to commence around the 10th September.

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A wet winter and mild spring gave way to an exceptionally dry summer from mid-May onwards. Hot weather prevailed until mid-August, when the skies opened again. Rains gave way to fine, cool, yet sunny weather for the first two weeks of harvest, which commenced on August 29th. The 2015 vintage has a lot of common denominators with the 2003 vintage but the 2015s are showing a better balance of weight and freshness with their average potential alcohol level of 10.5% and total acidity of 6.9 g/l. The quality and ageing capacity of the vintage has been questioned because of the low acidity, but to me the structure of the wine is not the problem; the aromatics are. Initially as vins clairs, I found the wines to come with ample, attractive fruitiness. The vegetal, particularly ash-like aromatics were subdued but have since then become amplified, especially in the vintage bottlings. Drought issues are considered to be the culprit to these widely spread aromatic issues of the year. I have come notably down from my initial assessment. However, most vintage and prestige cuvées are yet to surface from the cellars and their quality will make or break the vintage.

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Light But High-Quality California Winegrape Harvest -  It’s a stellar vintage for California vintners and growers.

The 2015 season produced an earlier, lighter crop than previous years, but grapes are excellent quality across the board.

Demand for north and central coast grapes was strong, with wineries out buying early and offering fair pricing with multiple-year contracts, according to Allied Grape Growers President Nat DiBuduo. “I believe that was because of the trends where consumers are feeling a little bit more confident in the economy,” he says. “They’re spending more money on their wine.”

However, Mother Nature didn’t do those growers any favors, as the crop was off by 20% to 25% for many varieties and by as much as 50% in cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir.

Although grapes aren’t known for being alternate-bearing, DiBuduo says the large crops of 2012, 2013, and 2014 could have played a role in this year’s light crop. The drought is also a likely contributor. “We got enough water for the vines to survive, but probably not enough to pump up berries and grapes to make a bigger crop,” he says.


The crop was off slightly in the San Joaquin Valley, too, but growers there had bigger problems to face. Wineries just weren’t coming out to buy the grapes, DiBuduo says. “A lot of wineries had contracts with San Joaquin Valley growers that ended in 2014, and they never came back to renegotiate or buy those grapes,” he says.

The heavy crops of the last three years are partly to blame, with many wineries saying their tanks were still full, so they chose not to buy in 2015. “The wineries may have the luxury of doing that, but the grower doesn’t,” DiBuduo says. “That vine is going to produce a crop year after year – it doesn’t have the luxury of skipping a year.”

As a result, many grapes south of Lodi were sold at unsustainable prices. “It was not a good year in the San Joaquin Valley, which is normally the workhorse of the industry if you look at wines consumed,” DiBuduo notes.

Consumers are decreasing consumption of wines produced from these grapes – typically bottles $10 and under – while sales of $10 and above bottles are increasing. “You’re seeing a shift this year, and that’s good for the guys on the north and central coasts, but not the guys out in the San Joaquin Valley,” DiBuduo says, adding that importation of foreign wine also contributed to the lack of buying this year.

Grape Quality

On the north coast, grape quality was exceptional, which DiBuduo says can be partly attributed to the light crop. Berries were smaller, which led to better coloring and likely higher Brix, as well. But he’s quick to note that there does not need to be a light crop to produce high-quality grapes, and that drought does not help improve quality. “There are no winners in a drought year,” he says. “It [drought] has the possibility of stressing the vines, and then you get a mixed bag in terms of what kind of quality you would get.”

Looking To The Future

DiBuduo says that, because of economic factors, some growers in the San Joaquin Valley have begun pulling out vines and even selling their land. He estimates that from the harvest of 2014 to the beginning of the 2015 harvest, about 35,000 acres of vines have been pulled out, about two-thirds of those being winegrapes. “The way it’s looking today, we’ll probably lose another 25,000 to 35,000 acres of winegrapes alone this coming year,” he adds. “They’re already starting to pull them out, and that’s because of the economics that’s driving it.”

Competitive crops – particularly nuts – seem like a better option to many of these growers. And with land prices at some of their highest levels, some growers see it as an opportunity to sell their land and get out of the business altogether.


Napa Valley Grapegrowers Report: Thoughts on the 2015 vintage


With the first Napa Valley grapes of 2015 picked on July 22, white grapes have come in fast and the red grapes are not far behind. Harvest crews in vineyards and wineries are already working long and hard to capture the essence of the vintage and to make the best wines possible. This is an appropriate time to speculate on what we can expect of the 2015 vintage.

Many factors shape wine-grape quality, including soils and the care and knowledge of grapegrowers and winemakers. The most important factor, the one most responsible for vintage variation and the one over which we have the least control, is the weather. We have great soils in Napa Valley and everyone working with grapes and wines is committed to excellence. Organizations such as the Napa Valley Grapegrowers keep us well informed about best practices for farming grapes of the highest quality. But weather? That’s the tough one.

Winter rains were erratic, with more rain falling in December than in the other winter months combined. January was dry — I recorded a mere 0.11 inches of rain at my Calistoga home — and warm. Soil temperatures climbed steadily from January on. The warm, dry weather led to an early budbreak, as much as three weeks earlier than normal in some places.

Spring frosts are always a concern for growers as the delicate new shoots lack the resilience of dormant, lignified canes and trunks. An early budbreak provides more chances for a nighttime frost to damage the crop. Fortunately, March and April nights were mild. The weather station in Oakville recorded a low of 32 degrees Fahrenheit on March 9 and again on March 24, but no other lower temperatures.

Still, our May temperatures were cool enough to cause some problems with berry set, the process by which grape flowers become young grapes. Cool weather during this critical time can prolong the process and reduce crop yields, as some flowers remain not yet pollinated.

After the large harvests of 2012, 2013 and 2014, most growers expect vines to yield a more typical crop load this year. The prolonged bloom and set, however, can result in an unevenly ripened crop, as some berries might be two or more weeks ahead of others on the same vine. We address that problem by dropping the lagging fruit. At Benessere Vineyards we just completed our “green drop” (the unripened fruit falling), which will maintain high quality at the expense of lower yields.

Fortunately, that is all we have had to worry about in terms of weather this year. A few rain showers in May, June and July did nothing to impact the quality of the crop — and nothing, alas, to mitigate the ongoing drought. Since the cool spring, temperatures have been great. As I write, it is over 100 degrees in Calistoga and I am feeling the heat, but we have had fewer days over 100 degrees this summer than I consider typical.

Nevertheless, the growing season overall has been warmer than any since 2008. This warmth has kept our season on an advanced schedule, with grapes coming into wineries seven to 10 days earlier than last year, which was itself an early year.

In sum, this year’s weather has kept us on our toes, but has been excellent overall and conducive to outstanding grape quality.

In a difficult fire season for the state, we have been fortunate to have only the Wragg and Jerusalem fires burn at the fringes of Napa County. We feel deeply for those who have suffered from the fires and are grateful to our firefighters. We are also grateful that for the most part, prevailing winds have kept the smoke out of Napa Valley. Even the smoke that recently blew in from fires in Trinity and Humboldt counties came too late to be metabolized by the grapes. There will be no issues of “smoke taint” in 2015 Napa Valley wines.

The Napa Valley is an excellent place to grow grapes. Our varied soils and microclimates allow a wide variety of vines to thrive, and this year’s weather has been great. Our industry is open and friendly, and organizations such as the Napa Valley Grapegrowers allow us to share best practices, experience, ideas, and information to help one another succeed. Thanks to all of these factors, 2015 looks to be another outstanding vintage.

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2015 vintage climate trend: 2015 began with a winter characterized by abundant snowfalls which allowed an excellent water supply to the land.

This factor combined with a spring with mild temperatures since the month of February allowed for an anticipation of the vegetative cycle which was then maintained in the continuation of the vintage.

The season continued with a succession of rainfall between the end of May and the first ten days of June. From June to July the rains were absent and temperatures stabilized at above average maximum values ​​but without water stress. The climatic conditions recorded at the beginning of summer laid the foundations for an advance in the ripening of the grapes of about ten days compared to the previous year but in line with a vintage that we can define as ‘normal’.

Wines Barolo 2015 vintage: Nebbiolo ripened perfectly, albeit slightly earlier than the average of recent years, with an excellent accumulation of polyphenols. The sugar content stands at average potential values ​​of around 14 – 14.5% vol while the acidity is ideal for Nebbiolo (6.5 g / l).

The Barolo wines of the 2015 vintage are important, elegant and long-lived, there are all the prerequisites for a great vintage, to be remembered, like few others in history. Fully among the best vintages of Barolo.



A cold and snowy winter welcomed a warm and dry spring. which allowed an even budding. Summer saw warm days with some rainfall followed by a very dry end of the season. The beginning of fall was dry and cool creating optimal conditions for the phenolic ripening for the Nebbiolo grapes. The warm and dry weather during harvest ensured the grapes were evenly ripe and perfectly healthy.



Climate trend: The winter was sparsely rainy and with low temperatures in January / February. Spring precipitation in the seasonal average allowed to create water reserves to overcome the hot months of July / August. The month of September was mild, with good temperature variations between day and night, favoring the perfect ripening of the grapes.

Brunello di Montalcino wines of the 2015 vintage: Deep wines endowed with great extract, lively and intense colors and vigorous tannins of good maturity. Important alcoholic components, in rare cases also in evidence. Crisp, intense and penetrating fruity aromas. An exceptional vintage of Brunello di Montalcino: great character and excellent evolutionary potential, deservedly among the best vintages of Brunello di Montalcino.

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Vintage Report

Australia and New Zealand 2015 / 2015 Vintage Report: Australia  by  McHenry Hohnen, Margaret River

The 2015 harvest at McHenry Hohnen broke records on various fronts. A mild and warm winter in 2014 resulted in a very early bud-break exposing sensitive young shoots to wild early spring conditions. The result was a significant reduction in yields across all varieties particularly Chardonnay which was hampered by wet and windy conditions at flowering.

The warm and dry summer that followed with plentiful sunshine and no significant heatwaves set them on the path to two distinct harvest periods for white and red varieties. They experienced their earliest Chardonnay harvest on record with their Burnside (5th February), Hazel's (formerly known as Rocky Road) and Calgardup Brook vineyards picked and fermenting a full two days earlier this year than our previous start date.

While the whites were harvested early a significant rain event mid-February delayed ripening of red varieties however due to low yields the rewards were full tannin ripeness and flavoursome wines.  Winemaker Trent Carroll says: ‘It was a challenging season that saw bushfire smoke, a record number of hungry birds, low yields and significant rain events make for an edge of your seat ride that has produced stunning wines across all varieties albeit on a much reduced volume.’


Wakefield Wines, Clare Valley

Vintage officially began on the Taylor family’s estate on the 19th January with processing of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for their new sparkling wine. The still wine harvest began on the 3rd of February with Semillon followed later that week by Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer all picked from blocks on the Clare Valley estate.

The red harvest started early on the 11th February with Tempranillo. The Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills was finally harvested on 20th March with the remaining red varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère picked in April. All in all Wakefield experienced a ‘fast and furious’ harvest well ahead of the previous record set during the 2007 vintage. Fortunately, the Taylor family's cellars and winery are designed with both gentle handling and capacity in mind and were able to receive the grapes as soon as they were ripe enough to be picked. 

Wakefield Wines are always ahead of the curve and this year is no exception with two new machines unveiled at their winery in time for vintage.

The first, a stainless steel egg shaped fermenter was a world first.  The egg-shaped vat provides a very gentle and efficient way of extracting colour and flavour is key to producing quality wine.



New Zealand by Te Mata Estate

2015 is our third successive high-quality vintage following on from the magnificent 2013 and 2014. At this early stage the wines look utterly charming - concentrated, fresh, and full of fruit.

Spring 2014 began with a nice September of average warmth and rainfall leading to chardonnay budbreak in the first few days of the month, which is normal timing.

 South-westerly and westerly winds alternated during October giving a variable month that was drier and cooler than normal.  A frost on the 5th caused a small amount of damage in three low lying spots of the Bullnose Vineyard, but nothing to speak of elsewhere. November gave us some nice spring weather alternating with cooler periods from southerlies. Rainfall was just 24mm – just half the usual amount.

The first half of December continued the trend of cool dry weather. Two rain events mid-month produced the normal December average of 54 mm. From that point the month warmed up with many days over 25 degrees and many warm nights. The timing of flowering was normal with chardonnay finishing on the 8th of December. Flowering for sauvignon blanc and the reds occurred over the next fortnight. We were puzzled by the normal timing in spite of a coolish spring, as cool weather usually leads to later flowering. As usual though, reality became apparent when Larry Morgan our viticulturist reported the results of his crop estimates. Bunch numbers were down, on average, in most blocks which actually tends to speed up growth and ripening.

January was warm with most days over 25 degrees and two over 30. Rainfall was one third of normal. Soils were drying out and irrigation was necessary in many blocks in early January. As we always point out in these reports, dry soils and the resultant stress on the vines is critical at this point in the season - particularly for red grapes, as it encourages small berries with good concentration.

Although February had plenty of warm days around 25 degrees, and 2 days over 30 degrees, the nights were cool and so heat summation was below average for the month. Rainfall was only 18mm. Colour change - which began on the 2nd of February and was done by the 16th - was fairly compact, which is always a good sign as it leads to even ripeness.


March began with warm days and nights, and was rainless until the 12th when about 30mm fell, but hardly soaked the dry soils. The remnants of an ex-tropical cyclone (Pam) were predicted to cause widespread rain in Hawkes Bay beginning on the 16th of March, so we picked all of our sauvignon blanc and early chardonnay nicely ripe and in great condition just before then. In the end, only 60mm of rain fell from Pam. Good southerly winds and dry conditions immediately after allowed ripening to continue in warm (25 degree) days and nights. Viognier for Zara, and Chardonnay for Elston, were picked between the 21st and 27th of March in lovely condition and with ideal brix levels. We began picking the ripest of our Merlot on the 28th, followed by Gamay Noir, and then had a break for a week in perfect early autumn weather.

No rain at all fell between Pam and the 9th of April, and days and most nights remained warm. We had two very busy days picking red blocks on the 7th and 8th of April before 50mm of rain fell over the following few days.  By now, the first beginnings of botrytis could be seen in some crops around this time. Hand harvesting ensured that this was removed and grapes arrived in the winery ripe and healthy. After the 13th of April dry winds from a southerly quarter prevailed, cooling daytime temperatures. Most of our red blocks were in great condition and nicely ripe when the cooler weather arrived so there was nothing to be gained from further hang time.  We continued to harvest most days until finishing on the 21st.

Overall, the success of 2015 is down to the lower than normal crops which provided great concentration and maximized the effect of the dry and warm mid-summer. The good fortune of well-timed weather when we wanted it outweighed any concerns from a cool start to the spring or a few late-season autumn showers. The charm of 2015 is already evident in the wines and will prove the lasting testament of our third successive high-quality vintage.


White grapes had lovely flavour in the vineyard and this has flowed through to the young wines. They are fresh and full of fruit.

Red grapes benefitted from a long, mostly dry and warm growing season. Small crops produced wines with concentration and dark colours.  Tannins and flavours are ripe, and lively acids will keep the wines fresh in youth and maturity.

The second, known as the Oak Experience, is a large 20100 oak vat crafted from 50mm fine-grained French oak staves. The vessel comes complete with an in place submergible header board to ensure the cap is completely drowned. This ensures optimum colour and tannin extraction from the red ferments. The vessel allows soft and gentle extraction whilst protecting the primary fruit characters. In addition, wines can be left to soak on skins for extended periods.


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Vintage Report

Port Vintage Report by Taylors / 

The growing season in the lead up to vintage 2015 saw slightly higher than average amounts of rainfall, around 14% above the long term average. During the vine’s dormancy period over winter, the average temperatures were in line with the long term averages, although minimum temperatures were marginally higher. After 10mm of rainfall at the beginning of August 1st, only 6.6mm fell during the remainder of the month making it the driest ever August recorded at the estate. These conditions were conducive to frost and there were 14 events recorded. The first evidence of budburst appeared in the last week of August which is relatively normal. Rainfall for spring was well below average, with four minor and three major frost events recorded during this time; the last and most severe occurred in mid-October. Approximately 180 ha of vines were affected including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris and Viognier. Not only was the spring weather extremely dry, it was also warm and windy. These conditions led to higher evapotranspiration (water loss), and despite our significant irrigation effort during October and November, still had a detrimental impact on flowering with resultant bunch numbers down around 20 - 25% on average.   December and January were relatively mild, with 55mm of rain falling during the second week of January. The timing of this rainfall was excellent, as veraison had not yet started, hence we found very little splitting. The moisture was a welcome relief after such a dry spring, with the white varieties on the estate responding well for both yield and quality. Veraison followed soon after, approximately two weeks ahead of average due to the overall dry growing season.  


Vintage in take commenced on the 20th of January with Pinot Noir harvested early for sparkling wine base. The harvesting of fruit from the estate commenced on the 3rd of February when Semillon was picked, quickly followed by Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Gris. February was a hot month, with the average daily maximum temperature 3.0°C above long term average, although no heatwaves as such. The conditions caused rapid sugar accumulation, especially for Shiraz. The white varieties were harvested at night as quickly as possible during this period, which maintained yields and resulted in excellent fruit quality. The last white variety to come into the winery was the Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills which was harvested in the last week of February. The first of the still red wine varieties to be picked was Tempranillo, which was harvested on the 11th February. This was quickly followed by Shiraz. March was significantly cooler, however the dry conditions continued, meaning that harvest progressed uninhibited through to completion with the last red variety, Cabernet Sauvignon picked on the 1st of April.   Vintage 2015 The total grape intake to the Taylors winery during vintage 2015 was just over 9,000 tonne with almost 20% coming in from the estate and the remainder from grower partners. The warm weather in February hastened ripening in some varieties which meant the winery had to gear up pretty quickly to cope. It’s exactly in situations like these that the enhanced processing and storage capacity of the winery on the Taylor family estate comes into its own and harvesting can continue unimpeded as the winemakers desire. In the last week of February the cellars team managed to cope with a peak of just over 400 tonnes in one day. Far from complaining though, the team were excited as usual to be in the thick of things.


Another source of excitement was the delivery of not one but two new vessels for the winemakers to experiment with. The first, a stainless steel egg-shaped fermenter caused a great deal of interest, both at the winery and in the news as it was a prototype - the only one of its kind in the world. The inventor had asked our winemaking team to give it a trial run and report back on its usefulness. Some small parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris were exposed to this new technology with the vessel contributing to enhanced mouth-filling texture in the wines – a most desirable result indeed. Later, the winemakers had yet another delivery of new equipment; the aptly named Oak Experience - a large format oak vat (2100 litres) crafted from 50mm fine-grained French oak staves.   The vessel came complete with an ‘in place’ submergible header board which served to completely ‘drown’ the cap, ensuring maximum colour and tannin extraction from the red ferments whilst protecting the primary fruit characters. In addition, the wine can be left to soak on skins for extended periods. The Cabernet Sauvignon that was fermented in the vessel during vintage was left in it for 10 weeks! Now with the post vintage assessments of both the white and red wines from 2015 completed, the winemakers have reported encouraging results. Of the whites, the Chardonnay and Riesling look particularly stunning with reports of ‘very good’ also being applied to Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. We counted ourselves lucky to escape any major smoke taint issues arising from the Stanley Flat fires with fruit sourced from the Adelaide Hills in 2015. Of the reds, the reports were good overall but the standout was Shiraz with reports of extraordinary fruit flavour concentration in this variety.  

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The growing season was hot and dry, but cool nights and just enough rain kept grapes balanced

Across the Northern Hemisphere, winemakers in many regions are reporting one of the earlier grape harvests they've seen. They're scrambling to pick fruit and find tank space. Wine Spectator will be providing snapshot looks at harvest in major wine regions, providing an early preview of what wine drinkers can expect.

Up next, France's Northern Rhône Valley, where normally poker-faced vignerons are smiling from ear to ear. They report a growing season that was as hot as 2003 at times, but with cool nights and well-timed rains that produced very promising wines.

The Good News: 2015 looks like a vintage with serious potential.

The Bad News: So far, none. Even yields are in the normal range.

Promising Grapes: Syrah, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier all excelled.


Analysis: Early reports from winemakers throughout the Northern Rhône Valley indicate a potentially classic vintage. The growing season went without a hitch, late-seasons rains were well-timed and yields were in the normal range. Even producers not known for hyperbole wore cat-ate-the-canary grins as they finished picking grapes.

"2015 made some amazing grapes," said Jean-Louis Chave, whose Hermitage and St.-Joseph bottlings are perennial benchmarks for the region. "A perfect spring followed by a perfect drought-like summer. Finally we got rain, followed by Indian summer, which helped a lot for a better physiological ripeness."

The idyllic growing season featured warm and dry conditions, along with cooler nights that allowed grapes to retain their natural acidity. The late-August and early September rains were well-timed, giving the vines a kick-start to finish ripening after some slowed or stopped because of hydric stress. And thanks to the drought, the grapes had formed thick skins, enabling them to shrug off any disease-inducing moisture.

Temperature-wise, 2015 was hotter than 2003, a vintage of extreme heat and drought. But unlike 2003, the 2015 season enjoyed cooler nights and well-timed rains, which allowed for later ripening and produced grapes with healthy skins (some grapes shriveled in 2003, marking some wines with noticeable prune and cooked flavors).

The only potential pitfall would have been to pick too early, based on rising sugar levels that indicated higher alcohol, before full physiological ripeness had been achieved. Most producers assumed the rain would come, waited and then picked soon thereafter. Nearly all harvesting was finished by mid- to late September.

"We had no disease pressure; it was a healthy and particularly rich vintage," said Michel Chapoutier, whose Tain-based estate produces wines from every Northern Rhône appellation. "Although we identified some hydric stress in a few areas, the little rains of the 24th of August and 1st of September enabled [the vines] to unblock everything and end up with a very interesting sugar/acidity balance. Thus it was important not to rely on degrees and analysis this year, to avoid rushing to harvest and get unbalanced wines."


Chapoutier believes that wines from granitic soils are concentrated, but not so much that they hide the signature style of that terroir. And wines from more sedimentary soils show finesse, despite ripe alcohol levels.

"For the reds, the physiological ripeness is very good, but more importantly, the maturity of the tannins reached impressive levels," said Philippe Guigal of the famed E. Guigal estate and négociant in Ampuis. "And the size of the vintage is not small."

The region's white wines also look to be equally impressive, though some vignerons found appellation differences. "Hermitage white has more balance than Condrieu, probably because the Marsanne grape copes better with heat than Viognier," said Louis Barruol, whose St.-Cosme négociant label produces top-quality wines throughout the North.

Paul Amsellem of Domaine Georges Vernay in Condrieu had no such concerns. "[2015] will be one of the best of the last 60 years, maybe like 1947," he said.

Such comparisons to historic vintages were echoed by most of the top vignerons, a rarity among Northern Rhône growers, who generally tend to be less hype-driven in their assessments than most. "My father keeps on saying [that 2015] is the most exceptional vintage he has seen in the past 55 years, and 55 years ago was the legendary 1961. It's a 'wow' vintage," said Guigal.

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The Burgundy 2015 by Domaine Leflaive and DRC / The grapes maturation was exceptionally swift this year. This will lead us to start the harvest on August 28. This is the third time in history that we will begin the harvest in Puligny in August and the second earliest harvest ever (2011 began August 25 and 2003, on August 30).

After a flower that went very well, under a bright sun, at the beginning of June, the vines grew rapidly, helped by a few days of rain fall in the middle of the month. July brought a strong and lasting heat wave in Puligny for most of the month. Temperatures rose steadily with many days above 30 degrees Celsius during the day and often up to 35°C and 36 °C.

The rainfall of early August re-started the maturation process in Puligny. The Macon estate, on the other hand, did not benefit from the rainfall and berries were a little less fleshy than Puligny. The fact remains that, just before the harvest, the vines were beautiful in both vineyards and in an excellent state of health.  The Domaine team fully anticipated this early harvest and organised a seamless logistical support for the team of over 70 pickers plus a dozen people in the winery.

The harvest began in Puligny in a scorching atmosphere the first three days. It continued in a cooler environment after a slight stormy episode punctuated with a few raindrops initially announced as more violent and abundant than it eventually arose.

The yield in Puligny this year is very satisfactory and above that of the previous three years. The heat wave during the summer and low rainfall in the spring limited the yield of the Premier and Grand Crus while the vineyards at the foot of the hill (Bourgogne and Village) have maintained a good performance. In Macon, the yield is slightly more modest than that of last year as the estate did not benefit from the June rainfall as Puligny did. 

The grape's health was simply spotless this year with no trace of botrytis, oïdium or mildew. Maturities across both are accomplished with an excellent degree and a good acidity given the accelerated maturation of the end of August. All the right conditions are met to make of 2015 a great vintage.



2015 Harvest report by DRC - The vineyards celebrate their inscription to the Unesco World Heritage list.

This harvest does not resemble any other one: the berries are small and compact with no sign of millerandage and their skins are tight and full of anthocyanins and ripe tannins. There is average quantity and the early and ultra-fast flowering ensured an exceptionally homogeneous and complete maturity, without ever reaching over-maturity.


As always, we are delighted - but perhaps even more so this year as the vintage is most impressive - to give our thoughts on the harvest and to highlight the most important elements that created this exceptional vintage. If we send this report later than usual, it is because the vintage was so outstanding and amazing in every way that we preferred to wait until we had a clear idea of the wines after the fermentations in barrels: Nature has indeed taken to the extreme all the factors that are necessary to make great wines, but without ever going beyond the balance point.

Let us remember first that 2015 was marked by a great moment full of emotion for Burgundy: last July 4th in Bonn/Germany, the 21-member countries of the Unesco World Heritage Committee announced the inscription of the "Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne" to the World Heritage list. The Committee recognized that it is in Burgundy that was born, that developed and prospered a viticulture rooted in a long history that represents a model for all the terroir-based viticultures all over the world and that created a Culture that one has to respect and preserve in order to pass it on to the next generations.

It was as if the vineyards had wanted to celebrate this prestigious distinction in being more beautiful than ever throughout the year and in being also more generous by giving us some of the most beautiful grapes ever produced. Still today, at the time of this writing, they show their most beautiful autumnal dress and their leaves that summer has left intact are glittering like never before with shades of fawn, purple and gold announcing their coming dormancy. These colors are also at the origin of this name of Côte d'Or that it bears now for eternity.


Winter was mild: the lowest recorded temperature was -6° C around February 12th and the heavy rains provided a reserve of water that was very useful as we experienced a dry season.

This trend of hot and dry weather first announced itself in the mild and dry spring, except for two episodes of violent rains on May 1st and June 15th that arrived at the right time to bring humidity to the vineyards.

This dry and hot weather accompanied by a persistent friendly North Wind had a determining impact on the harvest in creating the conditions for an early, very rapid and homogeneous flowering. We could also observe some "coulure", but almost no millerandage. 

July was hot and dry, even scorching between July 2nd and 8th with night temperatures of 30° C. During the whole month only 14mm of rain were recorded. Heat was such some days that the evolution of the grapes was stopped. But we could see berries beginning to change color (veraison) in Romanee-Conti and in Corton as of July 27th. 

The first two weeks of August were humid and mild, without any heat peaks. The vineyards breathed again and ripened quietly. Mid-veraison occurred around August 9th and we knew then that the harvest would take place in early September.

During the second fortnight of August, the North wind set in with beautiful dry weather and unseasonably high temperatures, especially at the end of the month when we went through a three-day heatwave. 


All along, the vineyards remained perfectly green, healthy and connected to all the astral and telluric forces that give life to them. They liked the dry weather in 2015. The July heat-waves stopped their evolution at least twice, but each time these were counterbalanced by stormy episodes that brought the needed humidity. As a result, the evolution of the vineyards was nearly ideal and thanks to these exceptional weather conditions, 2015 was a rather easy vintage for the vigneron. We could always intervene in the right place at the right moment, whatever the work to be done: compost supply, manual work, work of the soil or phytosanitary treatments.

But nothing is perfect and the treatments, although exceptionally few, were essential at a time when there was a cloud on the horizon: oidium. This fungus that thrives during cold and damp nights took advantage of the rare rainy episodes of the spring to develop in the area of Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Flagey-Echezeaux.

This attack forced us to be very vigilant, even if the dry weather and the North Wind were of great help in eradicating this fungus. Our wineyards manager, Nicolas Jacob, and his team triumphantly managed a situation that was complicated by the fact that the sulphur that we use against oidium loses its efficiency above the 30° temperature we often experienced in 2015.

At harvest time the grapes were in excellent sanitary condition, rather compact, but average in quantity. The skins of the berries were extraordinarily thick and full of anthocyanins. These had been forged by the sun whose intensity went so far as to burn some of them, and the slaps of the successive storms. No botrytis at all. But the most remarkable fact, which was also linked to the early and rapid flowering, was the level of maturity of the grapes. From this homogeneous flowering resulted a homogeneous and extreme maturity without ever reaching over maturity as in 2003. We noticed this balance in the analysis of the grape must at harvest time and today in the wines, the acidities being in perfect balance with the tannins and the rather high alcohol level.


We started the harvest in Montrachet on September 4th. The weather was dry and mild. The Chardonnay vineyards ripened very fast due to the very hot days of the second part of August and the very fast consecutive increase of sugar content led us to harvest this vineyard first. As a result, the grapes were ripe, of the highest quality and superbly golden predicting a very great white wine. This was also confirmed by the first tastings of the wine that is finishing its malolactic fermentations in barrels.

On September 5th we harvested the Corton and noticed that our pre-harvest impressions were right i.e. the Pinot Noir grapes that we picked were in perfect sanitary condition and very ripe. Thanks to the resistance of the grapes, there was no trace of botrytis, even on the second generation grapes (verjus) that we left on the vines and that waited until the end of October to ripen and make the dabbler vignerons happy!

After a day off, on Sunday 6th, we started the harvest in Vosne-Romanée on Monday 7th. Our instructions to the harvesters were as simple as ever since there was no botrytis and only the burnt berries were to be removed from the clusters that had been the most exposed to the sun. There were also some "figgy" berries, i.e ultra-ripe, but we had of course to keep them.

The beautiful, dry and mild weather lasted until September 12th, a day of heavy rains, but we were already in the Echezeaux, the last vineyard harvested that we finished on the 14th.


Here are the harvest dates and approximate yields:


Romanée-Conti: September 10                    22 hl/ha
La Tâche: September 7-8                            25 hl/ha
Richebourg: September 8-9                         24 hl/ha
Romanée-St-Vivant: September 9-10-11       26 hl/ha
Grands-Echezeaux: September 11-12            30 hl/ha
Echezeaux: September 12-14                       25 hl/ha
Corton: September 5                                  22 hl/ha
Montrachet: September 4                           30 hl/ha


The phenolic maturity was fully completed and we chose to make the vinifications with the whole clusters, i.e. without destemming. Such vinifications are always a challenge. These were masterfully carried out by Bernard Noblet and his team.

Fermentations were rich, powerful and extremely long (21 to 23 days depending on the wine) due to the important polyphenol contents and the richness of sugar. Many small berries, whose skins were exceptionally resistant, released their juice only at the end of fermentations and even, for some of them, only under the force of the wine press.

The wines were put into vats with a little sugar which continued its fermentation in barrels bringing more suppleness and smoothness to the wines. Still today, in the silence of the cellar, we can hear the barrels whispering the song of the wine coming to life.

The wines have deep purple colors. On the nose, there is fruit and tannins are ample in the mouth. There is no trace of over-maturity as in 2003, but all the opulence and richness of extreme maturity.

The typical characteristics of the finished wines take shape: power and balance for the Richebourg, strength with a note of liquorice for La Tâche, elegancy and length in the mouth for the Romanée-Conti that is already above all the others.


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The best wines of the 2015 vintage

Name Tb Producer Location
1 Château Haut-Brion 100 Château Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
2 Château Mouton-Rothschild 100 Château Mouton-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
3 Romanée Conti 100 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
4 Harlan Estate 100 Harlan Estate Napa Valley, United States
5 d'Yquem 100 Château d'Yquem Bordeaux, France
6 Cheval Blanc 100 Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux, France
7 Pétrus 100 Château Pétrus Pomerol, France
8 Château Margaux 100 Château Margaux Bordeaux, France
9 La Mission Haut Brion 100 Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux, France
10 Château Latour 100 Château Latour Bordeaux, France
11 Masseto 100 Ornellaia Tuscany, Italy
12 Lafleur 100 Château Lafleur Bordeaux, France
13 Grange Hermitage 100 Penfolds South Australia, Australia
14 Château Palmer 100 Château Palmer Bordeaux, France
15 Château Ausone 100 Château Ausone Bordeaux, France
16 Screaming Eagle 100 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
17 IX Estate 100 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
18 Vieux Chateau Certan 100 Vieux Château Certan Bordeaux, France
19 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 100 E.Guigal Rhône, France
20 Château Canon 100 Château Canon Bordeaux, France
21 La Tâche 100 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
22 Insignia 100 Joseph Phelps Napa Valley, United States
23 Bryant Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 100 Bryant Family Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
24 Dominus 100 Dominus Estate Napa Valley, United States
25 Hill of Grace 100 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
26 Promontory 100 Promontory Napa Valley, United States
27 Montrachet 100 Domaine Ramonet Burgundy, France
28 Chambertin 100 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
29 Château de Figeac 100 Château de Figeac Bordeaux, France
30 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 100 E.Guigal Rhône, France
31 Hermitage La Chapelle 100 Paul Jaboulet & Âiné Rhône, France
32 L'Eglise-Clinet 100 Château L'Eglise-Clinet Bordeaux, France
33 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon 100 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
34 Maya 100 Dalla Valle Napa Valley, United States
35 Chambertin 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
36 Dana Lotus Vineyard 100 Dana Estates Napa Valley, United States
37 Côte-Rôtie La Turque 100 E.Guigal Rhône, France
38 Vecina 100 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
39 Romanée St.Vivant 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
40 Tychson Hill 100 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
41 Redigaffi 100 Tua Rita Italy, Italy
42 Melbury 100 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
43 Chapoutier Ermitage de l'Orée 100 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
44 Château d´Ampuis 100 E.Guigal Rhône, France
45 Hundred Acre Kayli Morgan Vineyard 100 Hundred Acre Napa Valley, United States
46 Quella 100 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
47 Richebourg 100 Méo-Camuzet Burgundy, France
48 Musigny 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
49 Richebourg 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
50 Hundred Acre Ark Vineyard 0 Hundred Acre Napa Valley, United States
51 Le Désir 0 Verite Wines California, United States
52 Purple Angel by Montes 100 Montes Colchagua, Chile
53 Latriciers-Chambertin 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
54 Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard 100 Vice Versa Wines Napa Valley, United States
55 Roses de Jeanne Lieu-dit La Haute Lemble 100 Cedric Bouchard Champagne, France
56 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 100 Domaine du Pavillon Burgundy, France
57 Rudd Samantha's Cabernet Sauvignon 100 Rudd Winery Napa Valley, United States
58 The Magnificent Seven 100 Vice Versa Wines Napa Valley, United States
59 Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard 100 Vice Versa Wines Napa Valley, United States
60 Chapelle-Chambertin 100 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
61 Matriarch 100 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
62 Echézeaux 100 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
63 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 100 Louis Jadot Burgundy, France
64 Roses de Jeanne La Bolorée Blanc de Blancs 100 Cedric Bouchard Champagne, France
65 Chapoutier Ermitage Le Méal Blanc 100 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
66 Vosne Romanee Les Brulees 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
67 Chapoutier Ermitage l'Ermite Blanc 100 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
68 Hommage à Jacques Perrin 100 Château de Beaucastel Rhône, France
69 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 100 Domaine Leroy Burgundy, France
70 Métisse Jumping Goat Vineyard 100 Melka Wines Napa Valley, United States
71 Barolo Monfortino Riserva 0 Giacomo Conterno Piedmont, Italy
72 Lafite-Rothschild 99 Château Lafite-Rothschild Bordeaux, France
73 Château Angelus 99 Château Angelus Bordeaux, France
74 Trotanoy 99 Château Trotanoy Bordeaux, France
75 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 99 Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande Bordeaux, France
76 St. Eden 99 Bond Estate Napa Valley, United States
77 Pavie 99 Château Pavie Bordeaux, France
78 IX Estate Syrah 99 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
79 Richebourg 99 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy, France
80 Château Climens 99 Château Climens Bordeaux, France
81 Opus One 99 Opus One Napa Valley, United States
82 Colgin Cariad 99 Colgin Cellars Napa Valley, United States
83 Clos Fourtet 99 Clos Fourtet Bordeaux, France
84 Chambertin Clos de Bèze 99 Domaine Armand Rousseau Burgundy, France
85 "Onda" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 Dana Estates Napa Valley, United States
86 Shafer One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon 99 Shafer Vineyards Napa Valley, United States
87 Dana Helms Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 99 Dana Estates Napa Valley, United States
88 Musigny Vieilles Vignes 99 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy, France
89 Second Flight 99 Screaming Eagle Napa Valley, United States
90 Clos de la Roche 99 Domaine Ponsot Burgundy, France
91 Condrieu Luminiscence 99 E.Guigal Rhône, France
92 Mount Edelstone 99 Henschke Eden Valley, Australia
93 Nacional Vintage Port 99 Quinta do Noval Douro, Portugal
94 Mythicvs 99 Blankiet Estate Napa Valley, United States
95 Ermitage L´Ermite 99 M. Chapoutier Rhône, France
96 La Ricolma 0 San Giusto a Rentennano Tuscany, Italy
97 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon 0 Philip Togni Vineyard Napa Valley, United States
98 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 99 Brand Napa Valley, United States
99 Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 99 Fuligni Tuscany, Italy
100 Chappellet Pritchard Hill 99 Chappellet Winery Napa Valley, United States
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