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Best wines of 2018

#1 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » October 30th, 2018, 6:47 pm

As we get into the holidays I figured it could be a good time to explore the great bottles that have been opened so far this year.

I’ve found a lot of the best bottles I’ve had have not been even close to the most expensive.

Here are 7:

2005 Nicholas Rossignol Volnay 1er Chevrets
2007 Tor Kenward Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Mast Vineyard
2013 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos de La Boudriette
2010 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Corton Charlemagne
1990 Krug
1990 Margaux
2001 Rieussec

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#2 Post by Hank Victor » October 31st, 2018, 1:27 pm

Some of my favorites this year from a wide spectrum of price points.

Bubbles - Rare 2002 / Schramsberg Reserve 2005 / C. Heidsieck 2005 Rose Reserve
Red - Sena 2016 / 1988 Spring Mountain Cabernet
White - Wagner Caywood East 2017 / Jean-Marc Vincent 1er Montagny 2014
Sticky - Rieussec 2005 / Donnafugata Ben Rye 2016
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#3 Post by kris_lelis » October 31st, 2018, 1:37 pm

Mine would be

Pol Roger Winston Churchill 2006&1996

Giacomo Conterno Riserva Monfortino 2010

Montevertine LePergole Torte Riserva 50anni 2013

Bas Phillips Pino Noire Riserva 2014/2010 (Australia)

Coche Dury Montrachet 2005

Giuseppe Mascarello Riserva Ca d’Morissio 2010

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#4 Post by RyanC » October 31st, 2018, 1:51 pm

Impossible question but I'll try. Breaking it down by the regions where I drink a critical mass:

Red Burg: 2000 La Tache
White Burg: 1999 Leflaive Montrachet
N. Rhone: 2010 Jamet Cote Rotie 'Cote Brune'
Champagne: 2008 Veuve Grande Dame Rose (beating out some very good Krug/Dom/Cristal)
QPR: 2014 Kutch SCM / 2015 Lumpp Givry 'Clos du Cras Long'
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#5 Post by Jim Stewart » October 31st, 2018, 2:09 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
October 30th, 2018, 6:47 pm
As we get into the holidays I figured it could be a good time to explore the great bottles that have been opened so far this year.

I’ve found a lot of the best bottles I’ve had have not been even close to the most expensive.

Here are 7:

2005 Nicholas Rossignol Volnay 1er Chevrets
2007 Tor Kenward Cabernet Sauvignon Cimarossa Mast Vineyard
2013 Ramonet Chassagne Montrachet 1er Clos de La Boudriette
2010 Pierre Yves Colin Morey Corton Charlemagne
1990 Krug
1990 Margaux
2001 Rieussec
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#6 Post by AndyK » October 31st, 2018, 5:16 pm

My list so far according to score:

1988 Château d'Yquem
1996 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon
1958 Giacomo Borgogno & Figli Barolo Riserva
2004 Dom Perignon Champagne
2016 Pax Syrah Sonoma Hillsides
1991 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 Jean Foillard Morgon Cuvée 3.14
2005 Bernard Levet Côte-Rôtie La Chavaroche
2007 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Bonnes Mares
2008 Thierry Allemand Cornas Reynard


The ones that really made a lasting impression (the ones I remembered without looking at the list) were the Levet, Foillard, Borgogno, Allemand, and Yquem.
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#7 Post by Michael Martin » October 31st, 2018, 5:28 pm

2003 Jaffurs Melville Syrah
2010 Alban Reva
2016 Domain des Bosquets La Colline
2016 Bedrock Pato

My top 4 scores from this year on CT

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#8 Post by Greg K » October 31st, 2018, 5:39 pm

My top 10 thus far in approximate order of when consumed rather than quality:

2012 Allemand Reynard
2011 Cappellano Pie Rupestris
1999 Allemand Sans Soufre
2001 Lafarge Les Caillerets
1995 Chave
1999 Verset
2010 Maume Mazis-Chambertin
2014 Montille Corton-Charlemagne
1986 Ducru Becauillou
1985 Laurent Clos de la Roche

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#9 Post by C Chen » October 31st, 2018, 6:35 pm

Been an amazing year. I can't imagine it gets much better than this by year end. Here's my lucky eight:

2016 Domaine Dujac Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières
2013 Xavier Gerard Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
2010 Bonneau du Martray Corton-Charlemagne
1988 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé La Grande Dame
2008 Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée
2016 Clos Saint Joseph Syrah Côtes de Provence
2006 Taittinger Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Comtes de Champagne
2011 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne
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#10 Post by Yao C » October 31st, 2018, 9:21 pm

If I were to pick just one: 1970 Taittinger in outrageously good shape. Creamy petillance, rich, spicy, butterscotchy heaven with the teeniest tiniest oxidative note
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#11 Post by Vince T » October 31st, 2018, 9:37 pm

1981 LdH Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco
2012 Bedrock Exposition One Weill Vineyard
2015 Bernabeleva Garnacha de Vina Bonita
2001 Climens
1970 Taylor Fladgate
1985 Huet Le Mont Moelleux
Krug 165eme
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#12 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » November 1st, 2018, 4:07 am

Was the 2013 Gerard landonne rdy to drink?

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#13 Post by Jeff O k e a n » November 1st, 2018, 2:24 pm

2015 Aubert CIX Pinot Noir
2002 Charmes Chambertin Geantet-Pansiot
1993 Charmes Chambertin Claude Dugat
1996 Ermitage L'ermite, Chapoutier
2003 Latour
1990 Montrose
2008 Marcassin Estate Chardonnay

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#14 Post by J.Vizuete » November 1st, 2018, 9:12 pm

- 2015 Aubert Lauren
- 2012 Sine Qua Non Stein Grenache
- 2015 Outpost True Cab
- 2015 Carter O.G.
- 2015 Sassicaia
- 2016 Pax Sonoma Hillsides
- 1999 Yquem
- 1996 Dominus
- 1997 Insignia
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#15 Post by Mike Francisco » November 2nd, 2018, 1:20 am

Either my tastes or my budget are much more humble then many here, but so far in slightly descending order

2011 Domaine du Vissoux Fleurie Poncié
2011 Chapelle St. Theodoric Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Guigasse
2014 Arnot-Roberts Syrah, Sonoma Coast
2012 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosemary's Vineyard
2011 Domaine Raymond Usseglio & Fils Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Girard

With a shout out to the 2014 Poe Sparkling Rose only had a small taste, but boy was it really good.

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#16 Post by Mattstolz » November 2nd, 2018, 3:23 am

Once I put it together its kind of a random list. Several of these were drank on just a couple of nights!

1980 Fabien Coche Pommard VV
2015 Eyrie Pinot Gris Original Vines
2016 Walter Scott Chardonnay Bunker Hill
1970 Produttori Barbaresco Normale
1983 Licht Bergweiler Erben Graacher Domprobst Auslese

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#17 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng » November 2nd, 2018, 3:26 am

I am glad to see that a lot of ppl’s best wine experiences of the year haven’t necc been with “trophy” wines.

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#18 Post by PCLIN » November 2nd, 2018, 8:54 pm

1959 Chateau Margaux
2008 Joseph Roty Charmes Chambertin
1996 Armand Rousseau Ruchottes Chambertin
1996 Chateau Lafleur
1998 Jamet Côte Rotie
2011 Rougeard Le Bourg
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#19 Post by brodie thomson » November 2nd, 2018, 9:14 pm

A few highlights with more time left on the clock....

1969 Sichel Corton Renardes (magnum)
1982 Ch Haut Brion
2001 Rousseau Chambertin Clos des Beze
1976 Ch. d'Yquem
1937 Massandra Collection Madeira
2007 Dm F Mugnier CM Les Amoureuses
1992 Wendouree Cab/Malbec
2005 Ch Rayas

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#20 Post by Frank Murray III » November 3rd, 2018, 11:15 am

Mostly Champagne, which is where my palate and budget seems to be headed warp speed the past few years. Probably the best wine I had all year has to be that Savart Expression. Simply beautiful and have the dumb luck of one left, too.

2013 Vilmart & Cie Champagne Premier Cru Grand Cellier d'Or
2015 Kutch Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet Père et Fils Champagne La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay
2012 Savart Expression Nature Ecueil
2010 Tercero Verbiage (Rouge) Santa Barbara County
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2014 Marie Courtin Eloquence BdB Extra Brut
2017 Rivers-Marie PN Platt SC
2017 Kutch Pinot Noir SC PN
2009 Roederer Cristal Brut
2017 Carlisle Zin Mancini Ranch RRV

My best wines of 2018:
2017 Kutch Falstaff Sonoma Coast PN
2012 Marguet La Grande Ruelle Ambonnay

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#21 Post by Martin Petersen » November 3rd, 2018, 12:07 pm

Had the Cathiard RSV 2006 at a RSV tasting last Saturday and this was surely one of the best wines of 2018
Yesterday I hosted a dinner for friends where Giacosa Barbaresco Santo Stefano 1971 was immensly beautiful
Also yesterday we drank a bottle I bought for much less than the current price and it proved to be one of the best white wines of my life - Ramonet Montrachet 1979
In January we had an amazing bottle of G. Rinaldi Barolo Brunate 2013 - far better than previous bottles of the same wine
On a less expensive level G. Rinaldi Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 has been fantastic on several occasions. Also the La Ca Nova Barbaresco Montefico 2014 is a beauty
Champagne - best of my year so far would be a an old Krug Rose - so elegant and seductive

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#22 Post by Mattstolz » November 3rd, 2018, 5:22 pm

Mich@el Ch@ng wrote:
November 2nd, 2018, 3:26 am
I am glad to see that a lot of ppl’s best wine experiences of the year haven’t necc been with “trophy” wines.
Ive been happy to see that too! although there are definitely some huge bottles mentioned so far...!

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#23 Post by Karl K » November 3rd, 2018, 10:45 pm

1970 Inglenook CS
1959 Pichon Baron
1962 Bourdy Blanc
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#24 Post by William Kelley » November 4th, 2018, 2:47 am

1985 Ramonet Bâtard-Montrachet (mag)
1999 d'Auvenay Chevalier-Montrachet
1955 Cheval Blanc
1999 Coche Corton-Charlemagne
2015 Leroy Musigny
1923 Clos des Lambrays
1990 Guffens-Heynen Pouilly Fuissé Clos des Petits-Creux
2004 Keller G-Max
1990 Chave Cuvée Cathelin
1978 La Chapelle (having it again tomorrow!)
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#25 Post by Peter Hirsch » November 4th, 2018, 3:08 am

1990 Giacosa 'Falletto' riserva
1989 Giacosa 'Falletto' riserva
2002 Rousseau 'CSJ'
2002 Fourrier 'CSJ'
1996 Salon
1982 Pichon Lalande (from Imperial)
1990 Beausejour Duffau
1971 Cantina Mascarello
1999 Soldera BDM riserva
1999 Chave 'Hermitage'
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#26 Post by Brian S t o t t e r » November 4th, 2018, 6:25 am

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1987 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain
1990 Chateau Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape
1993 Edmunds St. John Zinfandel Amador County

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#27 Post by Jayson Cohen » November 4th, 2018, 8:16 am

Blackjack:

1914 Larose-Faure
1955 Lafite Rothschild
1959 Domaine de Chevalier
1970 Vega Sicilia
1978 Dom Perignon
1979 Haut Bailly
1981 La Tache
1988 Yquem
1993 Chevillon NSG Cailles
1995 Chave Hermitage
1996 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhaus Abtsberg Spatlese
1996 Huet Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie
1998 Trapet Latricieres Chambertin
1999 Allemand Cornas Sans Soufre
1999 Bize Latricieres Chambertin
2001 R. Haart Piersporter Goldtropfchen Spatlese
2004 Larmandier-Bernier Les Chemins d'Avize
2004 Roulot Meursault Charmes
2008 DRC Montrachet
2008 Huet Le Mont Demi-Sec
2010 Juge Cornas
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#28 Post by Mike Grammer » November 6th, 2018, 12:27 pm

You were even earlier than me in getting started, Michael! Excellent, thanks for pointing me to your thread. I will cross-post my list here, but it's more to make sure I don't miss any submissions from this thread. Apologies for missing your OP on a quick scan-through.

1961 Marchesi di Barolo Barolo
2001 Chateau Suduiraut
2001 Nicholas Joly Coulee de Serrant (94-95)
2008 Chave Hermitage Blanc (94)
1998 Arcadian Sleepy Hollow PN
1998 Elio Altare Barolo Brunate
2012 Hospice Meursault Genevrieres Cuvee Philip le Bon (Drouhin Elevage)
2001 Chateau D'Yquem (98+)
1996 Huet Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie
2005 Jacques Prieur Musigny
1995 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
2010 Pichler M Gruner Veltliner
2009 Copain James Berry Roussanne
2015 Meo Camuzet Corton Charlemagne
1993 Chateau Pazjos Tokaji Eszencia
2016 Rhys Alpine Chard
2016 Limerick Lane Rocky Knoll Zin (94)
2012 Coche Dury Bourgogne Rouge (96)
1995 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Monfortino (96+)
2007 Chateau Rieussec
2009 Comte Lafon Volnay
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#29 Post by T. Melloni » November 6th, 2018, 12:59 pm

Interesting to look at the wines I consumed this year and see which ones I noted as having my highest personal score (each a 94 if anyone is curious).

1997 Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT
2010 Williams Selyem Pinot Noir Burt Williams' Morning Dew Ranch
2012 Saxum James Berry Vineyard
2013 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin
2014 MacDonald Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Di Costanzo Cabernet Sauvignon Farella Vineyard

Each of the wines was outstanding, enjoyed with family and friends, yet a simple and somewhat ephemeral experience. This year, I have not yet tasted that celestial wine for which one writes sonnets. With fifty-five days remaining on this year's calendar and holidays approaching, I may yet be so blessed. I remain hopeful.
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#30 Post by Justin S » November 6th, 2018, 1:37 pm

1982 Château Léoville Las Cases from jeroboam;
2008 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos;
2005 Uccelliera Brunello di Montalcino

I think I've actually enjoyed other wines more due to the right circumstances of sharing with my solely with my SO or family, but I don't think those wines were as impressive objectively.
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#31 Post by Kirk.Grant » November 6th, 2018, 2:27 pm

Vince T wrote:
October 31st, 2018, 9:37 pm
1981 LdH Tondonia Gran Reserva Blanco
2012 Bedrock Exposition One Weill Vineyard
2015 Bernabeleva Garnacha de Vina Bonita
2001 Climens
1970 Taylor Fladgate
1985 Huet Le Mont Moelleux
Krug 165eme
I opened a pair of these back for Ron's 75's Birthday celebration 5+ years ago...I thought they were amazing but many ignored them. Glad to see they're holding up still!
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#32 Post by Kirk.Grant » November 6th, 2018, 2:40 pm

There were many great wines, these are all from times with people that were really important to me...which is why I think they're also here.

Reds
1959 Château Léoville Poyferré
1989 Chateau Musar Carignan
2002 Domaine Ponsot Charmes-Chambertin Cuvée des Merles
2005 Patricia Green Cellars Pinot Noir Anniversary Cuvée

Whites
2007 Weingut Keller Abtserde Riesling Großes Gewächs
2015 Weingut Keller Abtserde Riesling Großes Gewächs
2012 Raul Pérez Rías Baixas Sketch
2016 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne

Bubbles
2006 Pierre Péters Champagne Grand Cru Cuvée Speciale Blanc de Blancs Les Chevillons
2002 Pol Roger Champagne Cuvée Sir Winston Churchill
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