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Winery Top Wine(s) Varietals Top Scores Price Points of Distinction Production
BORDEAUX
Bernard Magrez
(Château Pape Clement)
Merlot and Cab Sauv-based blend High 90s to 100 $$$ – $$$$ Iconic, profound, generous, age-worthy Medium
Clos Dubreuil Merlot-based blend Mid 90s $$$ – $$$$ Dense, rich, seductive Tiny
Château Léoville-Poyferré Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend High 90s to 100 $$$$ – $$$$$ Classic, profound, age-worthy Medium
BURGUNDY
Clos de la Chapelle Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Low to Mid 90s $$$ Historic vineyard, old vines, organic/biodynamic Tiny
Clos de Tart Pinot Noir Mid to High 90s $$$$$ Legendary Grand Cru, low yields, built to age Tiny
Etienne Sauzet Chardonnay Low to High 90s $$-$$$$ Refined, rich, floral Small
Louis Michel Chardonnay Low 90s $$ -$$$ Lean, mineral, pure Chablis — no oak used Small
Vincent Girardin Pinot Noir, Chardonnay Mid 90s $$ -$$$S Pure, elegant, balanced Medium
RHONE VALLEY / SOUTHERN FRANCE
Georges Vernay Viognier, Syrah Mid to High 90s $$ – $$$$ Reference point in Condrieu; top Cote Rotie Small
Gourt de Mautens Grenache blend Mid 90s $$$ Hand-crafted, rich and intense Tiny
Mas de Daumas Gassac Cab Sauv, various indigenous reds/whites Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Unique, complex, balanced; built to age Small
M & S Ogier Syrah High 90s to 100 $$ – $$$$$ Pure artisinal Syrah — deep, full, precise Small
Pegau Grenache blend Mid 90s to 100 $$$ – $$$$ Traditonal — ripe, gamy, rustic, spicy Small
Vieille Julienne Grenache blend Mid 90s to 100 $$ – $$$$$ Biodynamic, classic, elegant, very old vines Tiny
PIEDMONT (BAROLO AND BARBARESCO)
Borgogno Nebbiolo (Barolo) Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Traditional, classic, long aging Small
Ceretto Nebbiolo (Barolo) Mid 90s $$$ – $$$$ Dynamic, sexy, cultured Large
E. Pira – Chiara Boschis Nebbiolo (Barolo) Low to High 90s $$ – $$$ Feminine approach – structured, elegant, perfumed Tiny
La Spinetta Nebbiolo (both) Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Rich, deep fruit, high quality across broad range Large
Luigi Baudana Nebbiolo (Barolo) Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Classic, breadth, power, extremely age-worthy Tiny
Massolino Nebbiolo (Barolo) Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Structured, age-worthy, powerful Small
Pelissero Nebbiolo (Barbaresco) Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Dynamic, consistent, refined Small to Medium
Rivetto Nebbiolo (Barolo) Mid 90s $$$ – $$$$ Powerful yet elegant, pure Serralunga Small
Roberto Voerzio Nebbiolo (Barolo) Mid to High 90s $$$$ – $$$$$ Iconic wines, very low yields, dense fruit Tiny to Small
TUSCANY (CHIANTI, BRUNELLO AND SUPER TUSCAN)
Altesino Sangiovese (Brunello) Mid 90s $$$ – $$$$ Distinctive, complex, expressive, nuanced Small
Canalicchio di Sopra Sangiovese (Brunello) Mid 90s $$$ – $$$$ Sophisticated, silky, pure, ascendant Small
Castello dei Rampolla Cab Sauv, Sangiovese, others Mid 90s to 100 $$ – $$$$ Biodynamic, pure, fruit-driven Small
Castello del Terriccio Cab Sauv, Sangiovese, others Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Powerful, expressive, age-worthy Small to Medium
Ciacci Piccolomini Sangiovese (Brunello) Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Classic, age-worthy Small to Medium
Fontodi Sangiovese (Chianti) Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Powerful, rich, reference Chianti Medium
Il Carnasciale Caberlot Mid to High 90s $$$ – $$$$ Unique varietal, deep, complex, balanced Tiny
La Massa – Giorgio Primo Cab Sauv, Merlot Low to High 90s $$ – $$$ Rich fruit, great balance Small
Le Macchiole Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah Mid to High 90s $$$ – $$$$$ Single varietals, powerful yet balanced Small
Monteverro Bordeaux blend, Rhone blend, Chard Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Ambitious, complex, rich, silky, polished Small
Tenuta di Trinoro Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv, Pet Verdot Mid to High 90s $$ – $$$$ Concentrated, approachable, extravagant, persistent Small
Tua Rita Merlot, Cab Sauv, Syrah, Sangiovese High 90s $$ – $$$$ Iconic Italian Merlot & Syrah, full-bodied, ageable Small to Medium
SOUTHERN ITALY / SICILY
Mastroberardino Aglianico Mid to high 90s $$ – $$$ Powerful, intense, silky, highly ageable Large
Passopisciaro Cesanese, Pet Verdot, Nerello Mascalese Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Inky, smoky, nervy, unique Small
GERMANY
Dr. Loosen Riesling Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Pure, terroir-expressive, mineral, slate Small
Robert Weil Riesling Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Deep, full, mineral-driven, age-worthy Large
von Schubert – Maximin Grunhaus Riesling Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Historic estate, natural, complex, built to age Small
SPAIN
ARTADI Tempranillo Mid 90s to 100 $$ – $$$$$ Concentrated, elegant, nuanced, complex Small to Medium
Emilio Moro Tempranillo Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Exuberant, distinctive, regional benchmark Large
Vall Llach Grenache, Carnignan, others Mid 90s $$ – $$$ Big, powerful, rich, spicy Small
AUSTRALIA
Elderton Shiraz, Cab Sauv Low to High 90s $$ – $$$$$ Classic, old vines, rich, age-worthy Medium
OTHER REGIONS
Chateau Musar Bordeaux blend, indigenous whites Low to Mid 90s $$ – $$$$ Historic estate, complex, rustic, age-worthy, iconic Medium

Scores

Low 90s = 90 to 93
Mid 90s = 93 to 96
High 90s = 96 to 99
100 = 100

Prices

$ = less than $25
$$ = $25 to $50
$$$ = $50 to $100
$$$$ = $100 to $200
$$$$$ = more than $200

Annual Production

Tiny = less than 5k cases
Small = 5 – 20k cases
Medium = 20 – 50k cases
Large = over 50k cases