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2019 Top Wines
Red
France
Jean-Claude Chanudet La Cuvée du Chat Vin de France 2016
Domaine Machard de Gramont Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Beaune (AOC) 2012
Ferraton “Calendes” Rouge 2015, Crozes-Hermitage (AOC)
Larose Perganson Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois (AOC), 2007
Chateau Turcaud Cuvée Majeure Bordeaux (AOC) 2015
Chateau de Chatelard “Cuvée Les Vieux Granits” Fleurie (AOC) 2016
Binner Cuvée Béatrice Pinot Noir Alsace (AOP) 2016
Justin Girardin “Clos Rousseau” Santenay 1er Cru 2015
Château Vincens “Les Graves de Paul” Cahors (AOC) 2009

Spain
Azul y Garanza Desierto Navarra (DO) 2012
Osoti Crianza Rioja (DOC) 2013
Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial Sardon de Duero 2014, Castilla y Leon (VDT)
El Coto Crianza Rioja (DOC) Garnacha 2015
Casa los Frailes Trilogia Valencia 2011
Dit Celler “Selenita” Montsant (DO) 2008

Austria
Beck Ink Austria 2016

New Zealand
Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir Marlborough (NZ) 2015,

USA
De Loach  Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2015, Sonoma County (California)
Sokol Blosser Estate Pinot Noir Dundee Hills (Oregon USA) 2014
Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2015

White
France
Maison Emmanuel Giboulot Bourgogne (AOC) 2016
Maison Emmanuel Giboulot “Terres Macônnaises” Mâcon-Villages (AOC) 2016
Bourillon Dorléans “La Coulée d’Argent Vouvray” (AOC) 2015

Germany
Robert Weil Riesling Trocken Rheingau 2017 Austria
Wohlmuth Klassik Sauvignon Blanc (Südsteiermark, Austria) 2016
Beck Chardonnay 2016, Burgenland Austria
Carl Ehrhard Rüdesheim Riesling (Rhinegau) 2017,

Chile
Lo Abarca Riesling 2017

New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (New Zealand) 2017, 9.5%, €16.00 Marks and Spencer

USA
Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley (Washington, USA) Dry Riesling 2016,

Rosé
Bodegas Tandem Rós Rosado Navarra (DO) 2018


2018 Top Wines
Chinon in the Loire but on the Vienne


RED

France
Dominique Morel Fleurie (AP) Vieilles Vignes 2015
Chateau La Bastide L’Optimée Corbieres (AOP) 2012
Thierry Germain Saumur-Champigny (AC) 2015
Remy Ferbras Vacqueyras (AOP) 2015
Château Beauregard Mirouze Campana rouge Corbieres (AC) 2015
Terroir Feely Grâce Vin de France NV
Jean Foillard Côte du Py Morgon (AOC) 2016
Dominique Morel Fleurie (AP) 2016
Bastion De L’Oratoire Chanson Fleurie (AC) 2014
Sarabande “Les Rabasses” Faugeres (AP) 2014
Domaine de la Ville Rouge “Inspiration” Croze-Hermitage (AP) 2015
Domaine Sainte Croix Celèstra Corbieres (AOC) 2013
La Boussole Pinot Noir Les Grandes Cotes (Pays D’Oc, IGP) 2015
Domaine Ste. Croix “La Serre” Vin de France 2016
M. Chapoutier Gigondas (AC) 2015
Blanville Merlot Pays D’Oc (IGP) 2017

Italy
Maule Masieri rosso Veneto (IGT) 2016
Ama Chianti Classico (DOCG) 2015
Terrabianca Chianti Classico Riserva Croce (DOCG) Riserva 2012
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina (DOCG) 2015
Conte Loredan Gasparini “Falconera” Colli Trevigiani Merlot (IGT) 2013
Arianna Occhipinti SP 68 Rosso Terre Siciliane (IGT) 2016
Zabu “Il Passo Verde” Nero D’Avola Sicily (DOC) 2017

Spain
Flor de Anon Garnacha Campo de Borja (DO) 2015
Cunas Davia Ribeiro (DO) 2016, 13.5%
Azul y Garanza Garciano Navarro (D0) 2015
Lopez de Hara Rioja Crianza (DO) 2015
Ruiz Jiménez Paisajes Rioja (DOC) 2015
Matsu “El Picaro” Tinta de Toro (DO) 2017
Bodegas Arráez Monastrell Barrica “Vivir sin Dormir” Jumilla (DOC) 2016

Portugal
Herdade Do Esporão Quatro Castas, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2014
Herdade do Peso Trinca Bolotas Alentejo (DOC) 2016
Quinta dos Carvalhais Alfrocheiro Dão (DOC) 2015,

Georgia
Pheasant’s Tears Saperavi Kakheti (Georgia) 2015,

Argentina
Altos Las Hormigas Valle de Uco Mendoza Argentina Malbec Terroir 2015
Montes Alpha Malbec Valle de Colchagua (DO) 2013
Amalaya Gran Corte Barrel Selection, Valle Calchaqui (Argentina) 2015
El Abasto Malbec Mendoza (Argentina) 2017

Chile
Chateau Los Boldos “Tradition Réserve” Carmenere 2016, Cachapoal (Chile)


Australia
Free Run Juice “Samurai” Shiraz (Australia) 2016
d'Arenberg d'Arrys Shiraz/Grenache McLaren Vale 2015

New Zealand
Unison Hawkes Bay (New Zealand) 2005

South Africa
Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap Red 2016 Western Cape (South Africa)


WHITE
France
Meyer-Fonné Vin D’Alsace (AOC) Gentil 2015
Chateau de Chatelard Beaujolais Blanc (AOP), Cuvée Secret de Chardonnay 2016
Château Beauregard Mirouze Campana blanc Corbieres (AC) 2015
Yves Cuilleron á Chavanay “Les Vignes d’a Coté” Marsanne 2015
Gitton Père & Fils Les Montachins Sancerre (AC) 2014
Chateau D’Orschwihr Grand Cru Kitterlé Riesling 2008
Chateau D’Orschwihr Grand Cru Pfingstberg Pinot Gris 2013
La Côte Blanche de Sophie Bertin Sancerre (AOP) 2016
Domaine Bellevue Chardonnay Val de Loire (IGP) 2017,

Spain
Albet i Noya El Fanio Xarel-lo 2016 Penedes (DO)

Italy
Maule Garganega Masieri Veneto (IGT) 2016
Vesevo Greco di Tufo (DOCG) 2016
Bianco de Ampeleia, Costa Toscano Bianco (IGT) 2017 
Podere La Prendia Pinot Grigio, Mantova (IGT) 2017


Portugal
Morgadio da Torre Alvarinho Vinho Verde (DOC) 2015
Casa Ferreirinha “Papa Figos” Vinho Branco Douro (DOC) 2016

Germany
Carl Ehrhard Rüdesheim Bischofsberg Riesling trocken 2015, Rheingau (Germany)
Trimbach Riesling Alsace (AC) 2015
Horst Sauer Escherndorfer Lump Riesling Franconia (Germany) 2016, 12.0%, €23.60 Karwig Wine
Chateau D’Orschwihr Pinot Gris Bollenborg Alsace (AOC) 2010

Chile
Clos des Fous Chardonnay, Locura 1 Terroir de los Andes Chile 2015

Australia
Free Run Juice “Samurai” Chardonnay (Australia) 2016

USA
Sokol Blosser Evolution Lucky No. 9 White Blend (Dundee, Oregon, USA) NV

South Africa
Boekenhoutskloof Wolftrap White 2017 Western Cape

Orange Wine
Pheasant’s Tears Rkatsiteli Kakheti (Georgia) 2016

Sparkling
Dr Brendan O’Regan Cuvée, Sugrue Pierre, South Downs
Franciacorta, An Italian Gem.
Granzamy Brut NV Champagne,
Akarua Brut NV, Central Otago (New Zealand)
Petaluma Croser Rosé NV, Adelaide Hills 
Exquisite Collection Crémant du Jura (AOP) Chardonnay 2014,

Fortified/Dessert
Sanchez Ayala Manzanilla (DO) “Gabriela” NV
Lustau Oloroso Don Nuno sec Sherry (DO)
Gerard Bertrand Banyuls Traditionnel (AP) 2013

2017 Top Wines






(Note: Most of the wines featured here are bought by myself. Sometimes I get a discount,  more often than not the same discount is available to everyone. And, yes, I have been lucky enough to get some samples and very thankful too to have been invited to the odd wine dinner.)

Reds
France
Chateau Moulin de Grenet Lussac St Emilion (AOC) 2012
Santa Duc Les Blovac Rasteau (AOC) 2011
Chateau Tour Baladoz Saint Emilion Grand Cru (AOC) 2005
Chateau Pape Clement Grand Cru Classé de Graves Pessac-Léognan 1998
Clos Puy Arnaud Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux (AOC) 2014

Italy

Spain

Africa





Whites
France

Germany



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