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James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of 2017

James Suckling released his Top 100 Wines of 2017 and we have the best!

James Suckling is internationally regarded as one of the most influential wine critics. After 36 years of experience, James Suckling describes 2017 as “one of the most exciting” years to date. He tasted so many amazing wines in about every major winegrowing region. James Suckling defines his Top 100 Wines of 2017 as “the most comprehensive list ever”. His team and himself travelled all around the world to talk to winemakers, walk the vineyards and experience the atmosphere of the region of production. All the wines were picked by score, availability and combination of excitement and price. After tasting about 16,000 wines,  Suckling and his team of tasters picked the 100 best. Dhall & Nash exclusively represent eight of these stunning brands!

 


N°1

2015 Baron Philippe de Rothschild And Concha Y Toro Almaviva

“This is a wine that epitomizes greatness with its intensity, structure and balance. It underlines the movement away from overdone, jammy wines to a neoclassicism with energy and finesse” – James Suckling (100 points)

N°2

2014 Petrolo Galatrona

“Deep cherry red. Intense dark fruit overwhelms the oak. Dark and savoury. More oak sweetness and spice on the palate, firm but rounded tannnins. Elegant in an oaked style and long. Concentrated but not at all heavy.” – Jancis Robinson (17+ points)

N°10

2016 Château Ducru Beaucaillou

“Offers a scintillating display of roasted apple wood, incense and warm ganache before the core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry reduction starts to step forward. The finish, loaded with grip but remarkably polished, pulls everything together. A huge, undeniable wine, overt in style.” – Wine Spectator (97-100 points)

N°11

2004 Vega Sicilia Unico

“Dark purplish crimson. Actually this smells more obviously ripe and opulent than the 2005, perhaps because of its seductive and already complex undertow. Beautiful completeness. So beautifully balanced that it is already alluring, even if it refines and dries a bit on the finish. Really stunning – explosive! Mineral finish.” – Jancis Robinson (19.5 points)

N°32

2012 Château Mouton-Rothschild

“This is a beautifully opulent wine, great Mouton in its richness and succulent fruits. It’s combines structure and obvious new-wood aging with hugely ripe black plum and currant flavors. While it is a pleasure to taste now, there is a great tannic structure in the background to give the sense of power and aging potential.” – Wine Enthusiast (97 points)

N°41

2013 Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay

“A fresh and clean wine with lovely linear structure that gives the wine energy and power. Medium body, lovely cream and flan and hints of stone. Love the subtlety and length.” – James Suckling (94 points)

N°53

 

2012 Clarendon Hills Astralis

“Medium to deep garnet/purple, the 2012 Astralis (Shiraz) starts off with complex, meaty and earthy aromas wafting around a core of blackberry preserves, preserved plums, and mulberries with hints of licorice, Chinese five spice and potpourri. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, the multi-layered flavors have very spicy accents and are framed by ripe, grainy tannins. It has a very long and elegant finish with hints of exotic spices.”- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (98 points)

N°66


2005 Château Pontet Canet 

“Possibly the youngest wine of all the 2005 Médocs in terms of its evolution, at age 10 the inky purple 2005 Pontet-Canet tastes more like a two-year-old wine. Loads of pure blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit are present along with a hint of licorice and background oak. It is full-bodied, ripe, and excruciatingly fresh, vigorous and exuberant. This is a tour de force, and a sensational effort that rivals the first growths.” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (97 points)

 

#1 : NV Armand de Brignac Gold Brut “Ace of Spades”

#1 NV Armand de Brignac Gold Brut “Ace of Spades”: Touted as the most expensive Champagne and available in the infamous 30l ‘Midas’ bottle – this bad boy is worthy of note. This is luxury personified…


This illustrious cuvée is owned by Media Mogul Jay Z which begs the obvious question is it any good? Well last year we broke down the facts about this gold-tinged luxury wine so click here for more…

#2 : NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

#2 NV Billecart-Salmon Brut RoséThis is the ultimate Rosé Champagne. Billecart-Salmon is one of only four 10/10 Maisons from Tyson Stelzer, rubbing shoulders with Krug, Salon and Bollinger.


For more on this amazing Maison Click Here.

#3 : 2013 Demeter Zoltan Eszter Tokaji Cuvée

#3 2013 Demeter Zoltan Eszter Tokaji Cuvée: Demeter Zoltan’s winery was founded in 1996 with the intent to take a full and active part in the recognition and rediscovery of Tokaj Terroir and its wine.


Read more on Demeter Zoltan and his incredibly rare wines here…

#4 : NV Cattier Clos du Moulin Brut Premier Cru

#4: NV Cattier Clos du Moulin Brut Premier Cru: This Maison predates the French Revolution. Their pedigree highlights this elegant expression of the Clos du Moulin – not to mention it’s made on Rue Dom Perignon in Chigny Les Roses…


For more on this esteemed family please click here…

#5 : NV Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat

#5 NV Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat: Anyone who has ever tasted Chambers fortified Tokay or Muscat realises the world’s reference point for these wines begins and ends with Chambers.


Established in 1858 by William Chambers and his son Phillip, the Chambers family have been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations.

While the legendary Bill Chambers is often to be found at the cellar door over the weekends, it is his son Stephen, who heads up the winemaking team after taking over the operation in 2001.

He is continuing the tradition of producing highly prized fortified wines such as Muscat and Muscadelle, which famed wine writer Robert Parker described as “nothing less than national treasures” and “some of the world’s most remarkable dessert wines”.

The first thing you notice on arriving is the impressive array of bottles on the tasting bar, with more than 30 different wines, including many lesser-known wines such as Muscadelle, Blue Imperial (Cinsault) and Roussanne. Look out for a particularly interesting and rare variety called Gouais, a parent plant of Chardonnay, Riesling and as more recently discovered, up to 80 different varieties.

Rosewood’s gnarled old low-yielding vines, many of which are more than 100 years old, yield fruit brimming with highly concentrated flavours for their world-renowned wine styles.

This small winery is truly a treasure and not to be missed.

#6 : NV Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Grand Cru

#6 NV Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Grand Cru: Beyond current enthusiasm for these exciting, superb Champagnes, the Clouet family has a history of accomplishment in the region. Their Champagnes are rich, concentrated expressions of Pinot Noir that manage to retain elegance and finesse… Every Champagne lover needs to try these outstanding wines!


If you need something more to back this up Tyson Stelzer clearly states that in his opinion this is the most underrated grower Champagne on the market… “It’s always puzzled me that the remarkable, terroir-expressive champagnes of André Clouet never seem to come up among the rockstar growers of Champagne. And yet on the basis of his current cuvées, I have again anointed this little grower in the grand cru village of Bouzy among the top six growers in Champagne. This, of course, places him among the top sparkling growers on earth. My scores rank him equal to Dom Pérignon, Louis Roederer and Taittinger. And that’s mighty company!”

Read more from Tyson Here.

#7 : NV Fernando de Castilla Pedro Ximénez Classic

#7 NV Fernando de Castilla Pedro Ximénez Classic: The vocation of Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla has always been to offer the most select products of Jerez, presented in an elegant and contemporary way for the most demanding consumer.


With a history dating back to 1837 and every drop being aged for at least 20 years this Sherry is a highly sought after treat. Following the ancient traditions of the region, this sherry is unfined and meticulously nurtured. It’s so good it’s been a staple on the list at The Ritz for years.

“An intense yet balanced dessert Sherry, with a burnt aroma that, along with the alcohol, almost singes the nose. Bittersweet chocolate, raisin and a shiso leaf herbaceousness keep the flavours interesting. The finish is sweet, yet clean and long. Drink now. 1,000 cases made.” – Wine Spectator – 93pts

 

#8 : NV La Marca Prosecco

#8 NV La Marca Prosecco: Let’s make everyday sparkle with the world’s top-selling premium Prosecco! Boasting seemingly endless awards and a loyal, global following, few brands are as synonymous with Prosecco as La Marca.


To find out more about this King of Prosecco click the links below.

INTRODUCING LA MARCA – MAKE EVERY DAY SPARKLE

 

MAKE EVERYDAY SPARKLE – WITH OUR GUIDE TO PROSECCO COCKTAILS

 

#9 : NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Year Tawny

#9 NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10-Year Tawny: Ferreira Cellars invite you to discover a brand over 250 years old, a symbol of the highest quality that encapsulates Portugal’s heart and soul. NV Ferreira Quinta do Porto 10 Years Tawny is a spectacular value and not to be missed!


Curiosities of Ferreira

In the Ferreira Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, lies what is probably the largest and finest collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century wines, the oldest wine dating as far back as 1815.

The famous and very fine 1834 vintage, one of the best of the nineteenth century, was the centre of a tragic yet fascinating episode. In 1897, the Swedish explorer Auguste Andrée, along with two companions, decided to cross the North Pole in a balloon. On 14th July 1897, the balloon fell into the Arctic. Amazingly, it is known that on September 27th the explorers were still alive and held a banquet on a floating piece of ice. The main dish was seal and seagull breast, but the highlight of the banquet was a bottle of Vintage “D. Antónia Ferreira” Porto, 1834, a gift from the king of Sweden…