|Wine Spectator announced its Top 100 Wines of the Year
this week and while no Indian wines made the list, several wines that are available in India and have been featured in Sommelier India were included. The top wine was Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta 2005 from the Colchagua Valley in Chile costing USD $75.
Chateau Rauzan-Segla Margaux 2005 was ranked second. This is a 2nd Growth Bordeaux Chateau founded in the 16th century. Quinta do Crasto Douro Reserva Old Vines 2005 which is a Portuguese wine came in third. Back in 2007 the winner was Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005.
Some of the other notable winners included Pio Cesare Barola 2004 at number 7 (imported by Sovereign Impex and featured in Sommelier India in July), Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2005 at 12 (also imported into India), Chateau Smith-Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan White 2005 at 19, Chateau Cos-d’Estournel St. Estephe 2005 at 28, Beringer Chardonnay napa Valley Private Reserve 2006 at 47, Fattoria di Felsina Chianti Classico Berardenga 2006 at 51 (imported by Amfora Wines), St-Urbans-Hof Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer 2007 at 56 (imported by the Wine Park) Marchesi de’Frescobaldi Chianti Rufina Castello di Nipozzano Riserva 2005 at 76 and Chateau Giscours Margaux 2005 at 94. This Chianti is a popular wine at several five star hotels in Mumbai and Delhi.
The average price of listed wines is $53 but there are 26 wines under $25 which are affordable for even the most conservative of all collectors. Wine Spectator reviewed 19,500 wines from around the world and of those more than 5,300 earned outstanding ratings (90 points or higher). The criteria that they used to choose the wines included quality, value, availability and the “excitement” factor.
No Bordeaux first growth made it into the top ten but that was probably because their atrocious prices hurt them in the value criteria. This list is truly one of affordable wines many of which are widely available across the United States, Europe and increasingly in India too.