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After sampling nearly 9,000 wines from all over the world this year, James Suckling unveils his top 10 wines of 2015. The list isn’t entirely dictated by his scores—relative value and quantity are also weighted criteria. All the wines are rated 97 points or above and cost US$70 a bottle or less. Enjoy!
hugel & Fils riesling alsace grossi laüe 2010 Phenomenal purity in this wine from the best parcel of the Schonenberg, with sliced apple, melon, mineral and chalk. Fullbodied and dense, with a superb finish that has a slight saltiness as well as lemon, lime and papaya. Goes on for minutes. Amazing now, but will age forever—i marvel in its complexity and completeness. 97 points
F E Trimbach riesling alsace grand cru geisberg 2009 First vintage of a phenomenal wine from Trimbach. Superb aromas of pine needles, minerals, sliced mango and flint. Full-bodied and very ripe, with dried fruits including pineapple, peach and lemon. Fabulous length and seriousness. Only 3,000 bottles made. 98 points
bodegas caro mendoza caro 2012 Such finesse on the best wine yet from Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolás Catena. Amazing aromas of spice, cedar, walnut, dark berry and florals. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a refined finish. From old vines of Compuertas malbec and Altamira cabernet sauvignon. Half the normal production. Drink or hold. 98 points
marchesi de’ Frescobaldi brunello di montalcino castelgiocondo 2010 Best-ever from here—aromas of warm stones, dark fruits and walnuts lead to a full body, soft tannins and a savoury finish. Ripe fruit and salty undertones that give it a wonderful juiciness. Dense and tight now, but will be excellent in the future. Drink or hold. 97 points