HIGHLY COMMENDED Argentine red Viña Cobos Felino Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza 2017 (£15.49, Alliance): Bright and fine-textured, cassis-scented, high-altitude Cabernet. Kaiken Ultra Malbec, Mendoza 2017 (£14.99, Liberty Wines): Dense and rich with black fruit and wild garlic: lots of personality.
CHÂTEAU DE GRAND PRÉ FLEURIE Beaujolais France 2017 A classic small French family domaine arranged around an 18th-century castle, Château de Grand Pré makes classically styled Beaujolais from its 6ha of Fleurie (and 2ha of Morgon) vineyard. The domaine – certified organic since 2012 – was revived by Louis and Renée Bertrand in the 1970s, and is now run by their children and grandson. In 2018, the family produced a “textbook Fleurie”, according to the judges.
DOMAINE AMIRAULT ‘CLOS DES QUARTERONS’ ST-NICOLAS DE BOURGUEIL Loire, France 2016 The Amirault family has been living at Clos des Quarterons for more than 180 years, and the latest generation of the family continues the tradition of winemaking in St-Nicolas de Bourgueil. The family makes a little Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, but it’s Cabernet Franc that’s the star of both the appellation and the domaine. Unoaked and made from biodynamically-farmed fruit, this expression is “all about summery, easydrinking elegance”, the Top 100 judges said.
DOMAINE HENRI & GILLES REMORIQUET NUITS-SAINTGEORGES Burgundy France 2017 It’s been another good year in the Top 100 competition for this overperforming, under-theradar Burgundy domaine, with two wines making the final cut. This year, the Top 100 judges were won over by Gilles’ village wine, which they described as “excellent value and a really good choice for merchants, whether you’re serious about or merely flirting with Burgundy.
“Very pure with violets and raspberries – and crucially, not too twiggy as Loire reds can sometimes be.”
“It has lovely pale rose tints in the deep clear ruby colour, and on the nose there is great complexity with wild cherry and subtle forest floor. Classic Burgundy Pinot in other words, that will age very well.”
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“It’s a youthful, vibrant Gamay with a very appealing nose of cherry and berry,” they said. “On the palate it’s fresh and vibrant with well balanced ripe fruit and very good length.”
Santos J Carelli Carla Chiaro, Mendoza 2015 (£13.85, Santos J Carelli): Succulent and rich with a plush velvety feel. Santos J Carelli 34, Mendoza 2018 (£9.60, Santos J Carelli): Fruit-forward, youthful, vibrant plumminess; easy-drinking. Gauchezco Estate Malbec, Mendoza 2017 (£10.99, Connoisseur Estates): Rich fleshy plum fruit and a touch of vanilla. Good value.
Australian red Journey Wines Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Victoria 2017 (£33.50, ABS): Effortless flow of strawberry fruit and Pinot forest floor. Devil’s Corner Resolution Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2017 (£22, ABS): Ripe and succulent with coolclimate freshness and herbal notes. Chaffey Bros Wine Co Pax Aeterna Old Vine ‘Barossa Nouveau’ Grenache, Barossa 2017 (£17.95, Enotria&Coe): Modern Grenache in Pinot style. Light, supple and red fruity. Houghton Thomas Yule Shiraz, Frankland River, Western Australia 2014 (£49.99, Fine Wine Partners): Spicy, deep, balanced, gorgeous texture with medicinal tones. Houghton Gladstone Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia 2016 (£49.99, Fine Wine Partners): Top-quality Maggie River claret with loads going on and freshness to spare. Jim Barry Watervale Single Vineyard Shiraz, Clare Valley 2016 (£21.49, Hallgarten & Novum Wines): Great black fruit and liquorice; sumptuous but not over-done.
The Wine Merchant Top 100
The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019