My very best wines for 2013

My list has this as well. If I were rich, SHS would be my daily drink. [cheers.gif]

Selosse Substance (dég 2007)
Salon 1996
cheval blanc 82 & Margaux 83 (on my bachelors party, I’m from 82, my other half from 83 flirtysmile )
Huet le haut lieu 1947
Armand Rousseau Clos saint jaques 1999
Ramonet Bienvenues batard montrachet 2004
Carillon Bienvenues Batard Montrachet 1983
Latour 82 & Margaux 82 on another occasion

My list also tips towards the modest end of the spectrum, but for various reasons (great QPR, unexpected delights in so-called off-vintages, or just plain great wine) these were the most memorable bottles of '13 for me:

Chateau Latour à Pomerol 1994
Seven Hills, Cabernet Sauvignon, Seven Hills Vineyard, Walla Walla Valley 1998
Benanti, Etna Rosso Rovittello 2000
Hillebrand, Trius Red, Niagara 2005
Paolo Bea, San Valentino, Umbria IGT 2007
Flat Rock Cellars, Reserve Pinot Noir, Twenty Mile Bench 2009
Littorai, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2010
Alzipratu, Fiumeseccu Rouge, Corse Calvi 2011
Zind-Humbrecht, Muscat, Grand Cru Goldert 2005
Springfield Estate, Wild Yeast Chardonnay 2006
Hirtzberger, Riesling Singerriedel 2010
Nigl, Gruner Veltliner, Senftenberger Piri 2012
Chateau de Fesles, Bonnezeaux, La Chapelle 1993
Friedrich-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, Riesling Auslese, Graacher Himmelreich 1997
Wegeler, Riesling Spatlese, Rudesheimer Berg Rottland 2000
Domaine Cauhapé, Jurançon, Symphonie de Novembre 2000

The usual suspects at the top. Two Egon Mullers were mind boggling and made the list.

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I can imagine the pleasure you had with these two wines … I was lucky enough to taste the auslese eiswein 1975 at the domain in Wiltingen in may 2013 … a great wine !
(and the auslese 1999 AP23 was great and still so young).

2004 Sloan Cabernet
2007 Hundred Acre “Precious”
2007 Scarecrow
1990 Ch. Latour
1996 La Tâche
1996 DRC Richebourg
2001 Ramonet Chevalier-Montrachet
2002 Roulot Meursault Les Perrières
1988 Trapet Latricières-Chambertin
2006 Chapoutier Le Meal Blanc
1989 Ch d’Yquem

most due to the generosity of friends

[] 2011 Sine Qua Non The Moment - USA, California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County (11/28/2013)
] 2010 Outpost Zinfandel Howell Mountain - USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain (11/23/2013) (9/8/2013)
[] 2007 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (10/10/2013)
WOTY thus far.
] 2004 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Vendange Tardive - France, Alsace, Alsace AOC (10/10/2013)
[] 2007 Saxum Syrah Booker Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (8/4/2013)
] 2004 Agharta Wines - USA, California, North Coast (6/14/2013)
[] 2007 Saxum Broken Stones - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (5/13/2013)
] 1996 Quinta do Noval Porto Vintage Nacional - Portugal, Douro, Porto (3/12/2013)
[] 1917 Château de Rayne-Vigneau - France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes (2/25/2013)
] 2009 Black Sears Winery Zinfandel Estate - USA, California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain (2/11/2013)
[*] 2005 Saxum James Berry Vineyard - USA, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles (1/19/2013)

Montrachet DRC 2001 and 2002
Montrachet 1992 Domaine Leflaive
Corton Charlemagne 2005 Coche Dury
Yquem 1939 and 1976
De Fargues 1945
La Tache 1971
Musigny 1949 Bichot
Musigny 1959 Faiveley
Pommard Joseph Leroy 1928
Echezeaux 1990 DRC
La Mission Haut Brion 1978
Petrus 1949 , 1950
Lafleur 1952
Rayas 1995

Beautiful list, Herwig !

Rayas 95, massive, still very young …

Without question the mid 60’s G. Franco (the father or even grandfather of the current winemaker Paolo) Balgera Inferno we had with Thanksgiving dinner. In competition with wines like 1982 Ducru, it not only held its own, its stunning zen koan of perfectly resolved cool climate Nebbiolo wowed everyone in a very wine savvy crowd.

Huge thanks to Jamie of Chambers Street Wines who generously sent this to me as a thank you for raising the profile of the Valtellina in the US.

Truly an Oh! My!! Gawd!!! bottle.

You must come to the United States and let us treat you to some of our “local” wines.


I know :slight_smile:
I had this Rayas 1995 in an astonishing verticale …
It will wait in my cellar for another ten years (at least).

Btw, I also (try to) drink wines from Ribera, Toro, Argentina …

'88 Bachelet Charmes-Chambertin
'88 Ponsot Clos de la Roche
'93 Dujac Clos St. Denis
'93 DRC La Tâche
'85 Rousseau Chambertin Clos de Bèze
'88 Krug
'95 Nikolahof Vinothek Riesling
'64 G. Conterno Barolo
'82 Giacosa Barbaresco Riserva Santo Stefano

Yquem 1990
Batard Montrachet 1999, 2002 P. Pernod
Chevalier Montrachet Sauzet 2002
Meursault Chaumes des Perrieres 1989, D’Auvenay
Clos St Jacques, A. Rousseau 2004
Chambertin, L. Trapet 1985
L’Evangile 1959
Margaux 1976
Latour 1996
Lafite 1990

Many of the wines on my list are there because of the people with whom I shared them. Some are extraordinary on their own, others were elevated because of the experience.

2002 Barthod Chambolle Musigny Le Cras
2000 Prieure Lichine
1995 Chateau Angelus
2009 Maybach Materium
1995 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou
2002 Chevillon Les Perrieres
1999 Pol Roger Winston Churchill
1984 Dunn Howell Mountain
2009 Sandler Pinot Noir Keefer Vineyard
1995 Scherrer Old & Mature Vines Zinfandel
2008 EMH Black Cat
1999 Produttori Barbaresco Ovello
2004 Domaine Weinbach Reisling Schlossberg Cuvée Catherine

Damn. I don’t have a top ten list.

I feel left out now.

Damn. Stupid double post

Thank, Laurent and others—great to see everyone’s faves for the year.

I do have a WOTY post going, Laurent, so would encourage you to have a look at everyone’s posts on that as well. I may do a tabulation there, and if I do, I will include the posts here as well.

A bientot,


One more for the year - 1976 Michel Gaunoux Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots.

My top ten wines in order.Not all my wines but fortunate to be a member of a luncheon wine group who are very generous with the bottles they provide.

Haut Brion 89
Rousseau Chambertin 90
DRC Montrachet 99
Rousseau Clos de Beze 78
Chave 78
Yquem 50
Ponsot CDLR 90
La Mission Haut Brion 82
La Tour Haut Brion 82
Cheval Blanc 85