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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

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

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

Portugal
Herdade Do Esporão Quatro Castas, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2014
Herdade do Peso Trinca Bolotas Alentejo (DOC) 2016

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


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

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

Italy
Maule Garganega Masieri Veneto (IGT) 2016
Vesevo Greco di Tufo (DOCG) 2016


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

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

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

Sparkling
Dr Brendan O’Regan Cuvée, Sugrue Pierre, South Downs
Franciacorta, An Italian Gem. 

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


2016 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.)

Red

France
Château Tour Baladoz, Grand Cru St Emilion 2005
Château Peyreblanque Graves 2010
M. Chapoutier Gigondas (AOC) 2014
Clos de Caveau Carmin Brillant 2012 (Vacqueyras AOC)
Chateau Tour des Gendres, La Gloire de mon Pére Cotes de Bergerac Rouge (AOC)  2007
Maison Ambroise, Nuits-Saint-Georges ‘Les Hauts Pruliers’ 2010
Clairmont Classique rouge Crozes-Hermitage 2008
Chateau De Beauregard Fleurie Classique 2012
Domaine de Terres Dorees, Cote de Brouilly 2014
Domaine Jean Foillard, Cote Du Puy Morgon 2012
Didier Desvignes, Clos les Charmes, Moulin a Vent 2010
La Boussole Pinot Noir Les Grandes Cotes (Pays D’Oc, IGP) 2014
Chateau de Bastet Terram,  Côtes du Rhone (AOC) 2014
Pierre Amadieu Côtes du Rhone (AOC) Grande Réserve 2011
Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorées Côte de Brouilly (AOC) 2014
Sainte Croix Le Fournas, Corbieres (AC) 2013
Chateau de Cardaillan Graves (AOC) 2012
Sainte Croix Magneric, Corbieres (AC) 2012
Jerome Quiot Cairanne Côtes du Rhone Villages (AC) 2014


Germany
Spain

North America



White

Germany

Spain


McGuigan Frizzante (Australia)





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