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10 BOTTLES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS

Wine editor James Suckling and his team tasted more than 22,000 wines from around the world in 2018. While they discovered many great bottles, it was the recent releases from France’s premier wine region, Bordeaux, that shone through

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DÖNNHOFF RIESLING NAHE DELLCHEN GG 2017

An enormous spectrum of fruit aromas, from peach through grapefruit to wild strawberry and pineapple. However, that doesn’t prepare you for the mind-blowing concentrat­ion and brilliance on the palate. Filigree finish in spite of the profound minerality. From organicall­y grown grapes. Fair’n Green certificat­ion. Drink or hold. Limited production. 100 points

MARCHESI ANTINORI TOSCANA SOLAIA 2015

The nose is truly phenomenal, with currant, blackberry, rose and violet. So perfumed. Full-bodied, and everything is in check and harmony. Polished tannins that last for minutes. Purity and focus. Is it the greatest Solaia ever? So drinkable already, but this is a wine for ages ahead. 100 points

CHÂTEAU BEAUSÉJOUR DUFFAULAGA­ROSSE SAINT-EMILION 2015

This is extraordin­ary. There has never been a wine like this here since the famous 1990 or underrated 1989. Violet, flowers, stone and limestone. Oyster-shell undertones. Full-bodied, muscular and so structured. A phenomenal wine that reminds me of the great Bordeaux of the 1950s. Try in 2026. 100 points

RIDGE VINEYARDS SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS MONTE BELLO 2015

Stunning depth, power, purity and elegance. The blackcurra­nt and plum are fresh and intense on the nose, with blueberry and gently herbal notes too. The palate has a keenly articulate­d array of vibrant tannins that hold long, fresh and pure. It invokes a sense of wonderment at the finish. So long and so pure. This blend of 77% per cent cabernet sauvignon, 11% merlot, 7% cent petit verdot and 5% cabernet franc is just at the start of a wonderful journey. Try from 2021. 100 points

TAYLOR’S VINTAGE PORT 2016

OMG. This is really the most amazing young Taylor’s I have ever tasted. Full-bodied and lightly sweet with super power and intensity. So racy and focused. Yet this has such muscle and intensity. Needs at least eight years to show you everything it has to offer. Drink in 2025. 100 points

CLOS APALTA VALLE DE APALTA 2015

There is a subtle complexity on the nose with currant, berry, fresh herb and wet earth aromas. Cut fresh flowers, too. Full body, dense and powerful. Incredible character here with such purity and polish. It goes on for minutes. Formed, sculptured yet soulful. A monumental wine for Chile. Unbelievab­le. More powerful than the 2014, which was 100 points. A blend of of 46% carmenere, 30% cabernet sauvignon, 19% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Made from biodynamic­ally grown grapes. Better in 2022. 100 points

CHÂTEAU CANON SAINT-EMILION 2015

Seductive. The nose draws you in deep. It’s like staring into a well of pristine dark cherry, dark plum, blackberry and mulberry. The oak is perfectly subsumed. The palate’s flawless with immense depth and power, and it’s so balanced as to appear to float. Immaculate fresh dark berry and plum flavours. Silky and deep, ribbon-like finish. Perfect. Best from 2022. 100 points

LE MACCHIOLE BOLGHERI SCRIO 2015

A stunning syrah; the real Mccoy for the variety. The depth of aroma takes your breath away with bark, tea leaves, peppermint, dried rosemary, thyme, sage, pressed violet, cedar, crème de cassis, blackcurra­nt and lavender. The palate is incredibly tight and yet profound in its delivery of flavours. Full body, layer upon layer of fruit of every colour on the spectrum, pinpoint acidity and a finish that seems endless. Drink in 2025 and way beyond. 100 points

TYRRELL’S SHIRAZ HUNTER VALLEY OLD PATCH 2017

More depth than the four acres. This old plot was planted in 1867 and it has excelled in vintage 2017. The nose carries pristine aromas of raspberry, red plum and mulberry in gently spicy repose. The palate unfurls layers and layers of lightly spiced red- and dark-fruit flavours with tannins that seem to hold endlessly on the finish. Pitch-perfect and noble. An essay in grace and charm. Akin to grand cru Burgundy and maybe Musigny too. This really ought to be left alone for a decade. 100 points

CHÂTEAU BÉLAIRMONA­NGE SAINTEMILI­ON 2015

Blue fruit, mineral, lavender and liquorice aromas are wonderful. Full body and ultrarefin­ed tannins with an integratio­n and refinement that make the wine seamless and beautiful. The powerful tannins hide from you at first, but what structure in the end. It goes on for minutes. Try in 2024. 100 points

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