Wine

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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James Suck­ling presents his choices for the 10 wines that oenophiles shouldn’t miss

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. Full­bod­ied, 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

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 per cent mer­lot, 7 per cent petit ver­dot, and 5 per caber­net franc is just at the start of a won­der­ful jour­ney.

Try from 2021.

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

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 per cent carmenere, 30 per cent caber­net sau­vi­gnon, 19 pr cent mer­lot and 5 per cent 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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