Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Clos Marsalette Pessac-Leognan 2008 Bordeaux

I actually never heard of this wine before, but I have heard of the owner of this wine, "Comtes Von Neipperg". This gentleman owns a couple of names in Bordeaux, of which the most famous of all is  " Canon La Gaffeliere" which stands among the greatest in Saint Emilion hierarchy.

In some ways this family belongs to the foundations of what is Bordeaux today, working hard and bringing beautiful crafted wines to the table. In total they own 10 estates, most in France, 2 outside, 1 in Bulgaria and 1 in South Africa.

So before we dig ourselves into Clos Marsalette, let us first see who the count is.

Comtes Von Neipperg
The count from Neipperg was founded in the XII Century in Germany in the valley north of Wurttemberg. The earldom comprises of some 30 villages and market towns, including Schweigern, which remains the family seat to this day. Here stands a family with quite some history, dating back to the holy Roman Empire. The Von Neipperg's served the Imperial family of Austria, starting in the 16th Century, contributing officers and diplomats for many years. The family has been making wine in Germany since the 13th Century, and viticulture has never been far or away from their lives, actually wine making was essential of the Neipperg's. A rooted history something of some 800 years of winemaking traditions. The talented Stephane Von Neipperg manages the estates in Bordeaux which his family acquired in 1971. Working with the top in the industry has he been able to bring all the estates to exceptional levels. Residing in Saint -Emilion since 1983, Stephane Von Neipperg and his wife Sigweis, have devoted themselves tirelessly to their estates and the next generation of Neipperg's are committed to the same goal, producing outstanding wines.

Clos Marsalette










Located in Martillac, in the appellation of Pessac-Leognan where many of the top Chateau reside (Haut-Brion, Mission Haut-Brion, Pape Clement, Smith Haut Lafitte to name a few). This is a joint venture between the count and Didier Miqueu.

The vineyards sits majestically on gravelly soil settled there for millennia by the Garonne river. These different deposits offer a great diversity, the subsoil is composed marine sediment from the Miocene and Pliocene period (5 to 15 million years ago) in the form of shelly sand with a bit of clay, fawn-colored sand and multi colored clay.
The vineyards of Clos Marsalette vineyard covers an area of 12.3 hectares for the red wine and 1.3 hectares for the white wine. The grape varieties planted for red are; 50% Merlot, 48% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet franc. For the white wine the varieties are; 65% Sauvignon blanc and 35% Semillon.

Clos Marsalette 2008
I came across this wine a couple weeks ago, and although I know the count and of course Canon la Gaffeliere, I did not know Clos Marsalette.
Also not that often to find in a wine shop wines aged 10 years and at a very affordable price, so there was very little hesitation.

Price: €26 $33 £23 average ex tax

Grape: 40% Merlot, 55% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc

Alcohol: 13.5%

Visual: A beautiful warm red colour with slight dark brown reflection at the rim, the colour intensity is 3 out of 5 and the transparency is perfect, brilliance is

Nose: A rich attack of just ripe fruit with aromas of wood, earthtiness, berries and black cherries are dominant a fairly rich impression. Dried almost smoked herbs and spice are making their appearance.

Palate: An attack on the palate is beautiful, soft and round tannin's, a medium to full body, balance between acids and aromas sits really good and it lingers on for quite some time. Mid-palate feels warm and complete, berries dominates the fruits.

Conclusion: A very pleasant discovery from a house where care and craft is noticeable, a wine I enjoyed greatly and for ten years of age still holds well and kept in perfect conditions can still live another 5  years easy. For those looking for a top quality Pessac-Leognan at very affordable price than this is surely a front runner. Great house, good value for money, assets not all can hold on to.

Score: I rate this wine at 19/20 90/100 ( rated as an excellent wine).

Until next time please do drink responsibly.





Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Bodega Roda cuvee Sela 2012 Rioja

I am pretty certain that some of you have seen or tasted this wine. This bodega is well established and has build a very good reputation in a short period of time. Rioja is one of the most famous if not the most famous wine region of Spain.
Worldwide exported and from absolute plonk to top quality. As with all star regions you must have for both worlds, not that I do agree with that, I rather wish that there is less but good then plenty and average. Before we settled ourselves and check out Bodega Roda, let us have a quick fresh up regarding Rioja.


Rioja
Sitting in the middle northern part of Spain and among Spain largest wine region. Rioja is divided into three parts, "Rioja Alta", "Rioja Alavesa", "Rioja Baja". The vineyards of Rioja trace the course of the ebro river roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles), a very typical sight anywhere in the world's wine regions, vines that follow the flow of a river as there are some very arid and hot climates and water helps cooling down which is vital for the grape while its growing from flower to fruit (and most importantly when its fruit nears its completion).

The region is demarcated by its geological features, the ebro and foothills of the Sierra de la Demanda and Sierra de Cantabria mountain ranges. The Cantabrian mountain ranges flanking Rioja from the north and west, provides shelter from the cold, wet influences from the Atlantic ocean, playing a significant factor in the regions climate, which is significantly drier and hotter than that just to the north. The region soil varies from place to place with the finest containing sufficient higher levels of limestone.


Grape varieties in Rioja are predominantly Tempranillo, Spain most famous grape, but Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo (carignan) are allowed to be cultivated.




Rioja was the first appellation to be awarded the DO status back in 1936 and in 1991 became the first as well to be upgraded the DOC status. The regions wine history runs back to the Roman times and ever since has been full in wine production, a slight slowdown in production during the Moorish occupation on the Iberian peninsula in 711 A.D. It took awhile before all came back to normal, the reconquista in the middle ages by the Christians helped restore business back to normal.

Mildew and phylloxera devastating France gave an ever bigger boots to the region as merchants from Bordeaux were on the hunt for new supplies. It is then that the oak love affair started in Rioja, this gave the Rioja wine a total distinctive identity with a slight preference for American oak.

You have different styles starting with "Joven" which is wine matured little or no time in oak and for consumption in the two years following the vintage, then "Crianza" aged one year in barrel and one year in the bottle, "Rioja Reserva" spend minimum one year in barrels and cannot be released on the market before three years after the vintage, "Rioja Gran Reserva" the regions finest, undergo at least five years of ageing and at least two years in oak.

Rioja is about 63,593 hectares of vines, they produce about 280 to 300 million  litters of wine of which 90% is red, the rest is a mix of white and rose.

Bodega Roda









This bodega is relatively young founded in 1987 and its first release was in 1992. It is a bodega that reflects itself with grandeur and use every asset to brand itself that way. A very product based vision, as their website focuses on vine, wine and exposure, besides that a strong focus on wine tourism. A well set Bodega, with their wines perceived overall as blockbuster style and very modern, in some cases jammy and full of power.  A philosophy that respects the soil and culture of wine cultivation, bush vines a typical Rioja style is practice and they using old vines predominantly. Picking happens meticulously parcel by parcel and vinified  accordingly.





The wines of this house "Roda, Roda I, Roda II, Cirsion and Sela".
We today will have a look at Sela, I will certainly have a crack at Roda and Roda I, if I can lay my hands on the Cirsion ( €151 $185 £134) I would to explore that one too, but that is IF I can.


Bodegas Roda Sela 2012


Grape varieties: 96% Tempranillo, 3% Graciano, 1% Garnacha

Vineyard:  Sustainable viticulture in bush vines aged between 15 and 30 years.



Fermentation:  Both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation carried out in large French oak vats.

Ageing: 12 months in semi-new French oak barrels.

Stabilization: Completely natural methods.

Alcohol: 14%

Price:  €17 $21 £15 avg price excl. taxes

Visual: A very strong dark ruby color appears, an intensity of  4 out of 5. although the wine has 5 years there is little sign of tiredness, its brilliance is shiny, limpidity is good, it appears matured, female like, southern warm somewhat seductive, the legs are thin not heavy at all, good allure.

Nose: The attack on the nose is fairly discreet, wet oak, undergrowth, fennel, peppermint, spices, berries, black and red. Overall not super clean and neat in its aromas, to vague.

Palate:  The attack feels round and full with soft tannins, mid palate sits good but feels a little watery, it had a medium body, much later red fruits make their presence, the balance between acid and aromas is good, its lingering is medium, at the end small hints of cacao.

Conclusion: It is certainly a wine that will stick to your memory, for good reasons. This house makes blockbuster style wines, much fanfare and attention, which in most cases succeeds ots intentions, though there are a few impurities that need to be corrected for it to become strully well set in its category. It is reasonably good value for money although that there is stiff competition in this category (€15 $19 £13 to €18 $22 £16). The aromas are not always clear and neat, a bit overwhelmed by the overripe fruits and lack some balance. This is after all the somewhat entry level and even though they make each wine an entity of its own, it still feels as the entry level of the house. Certainly check out the other wines which price wise jump quite a bit up so I do expect completion. Certainly a Bodega  with serious intentions and ambition.

Score:  I rate this wine at 18.8/20 88/100 (rated as a very good wine)

rating system
19.6-20 exceptional
19-19.5 excellent
18-18.9 very good wine
17-17.9 good wine
16-16.9 fair wine
15-15.9 drinkable wine
14-14.9 acceptable wine

Until next time please do drink responsibly. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

My 20 favourite Italian Wines.

We so often have France in our minds when we think about wines, I know some might shout "not at all"will reading this but subconscious the big French names will always pop up. To make the point, I am not French although I am born in a neighbouring country. From young age we got totally influence by the French wine market, but that was then things are in motion and today more and more demand comes from all levels for wines other than French.  Here below you have a window, a list of what I believe hits top marks in Italian wine.

Italy has been on the wine trail pretty much or almost as long the world of wine exist. Yes, wine isn't just a drink or an accompanion with food anymore, it has become a personality, a point of reference, a standard of living, a sign of wealth in some cases.
Yes, today wine is accessible to us all, of course it all depend of how well the pockets are filled. There are such great division in the world of wine, that one must at times think how far the split can go!

Italy's wine culture is steeped in the DNA of every Italian, with passion and pride. For a couple decades now there has been a steady improvement in general in the quality of Italian wines (not that there weren't any good wines far from that), although that here and there still some dodgy affairs creep up with well established appellations which put the whole country into shame (Brunello di Montalcino 2008 for example).
Overall no one can deny that running for the number one spot, being on top of the world quality is essential and Italy has plenty of it. I have here below selected what for me are my 20 top Italian wines, that is a selection of red, white and sparkling.

My top 20 Italian wines.


1. Angelo Gaja. 












The indisputable king of wine in Italy, although that the ascendance long time ago are Spanish, today so many generations later this house stands for top quality Italian. This house stands to its most inspiring of Italian wines. All who hold a Gaja know how exceptional their wines are.

Gaja Sori Tildin  avg price per bottle ex tax €354 $429 £313

2. La Spinetta.










Seduction and creation, depth and character, are a few ways to express the status of this house, truly a must in your Italian collection. Their wines, will take you to another level and each and everyone designed to admire.

La Spinetta Vursu Vigneto Starderi avg price per bottle ex tax  €98 $119 £87

3. Bella Vista. 













Unmistakably together with Ca' Del Bosco the sparkle of Italy. This house becomes iconic in the realm of sparkling wines and they know how to make themselves notice, once tasted a Bella Vista always remember a Bella Vista.

Bellavista Brut Franciacorta avg price per bottle ex tax €35 $42 £31

3. Ca' Del Bosco. 















It is impossible to choose which of these two house is better then the other, they both hold a unique and marvelous identity, and challenge any Champagne coming their way. Ca' del Bosco, is truly a class act and will give you pleasure and enjoyment very few sparkles will do.

Ca' Del Bosco Cuvee Prestige Franciacorta avg price per bottle ex tax €29 $36 £26

5. Giacomo Conterno.  



















Here we sit at the table of the man who knows how to express a Barolo like no other. The skill, passion and understanding of how to make an intune Barolo, is something very few can do what Conterno can.

Giacomo Conterno Barolo Montfortino avg price per bottle ex tax €1,314 $1,593 £1,163

6. Elio Altare. 









A beautiful family business that thrives for over 40 years. Based in piemonte where here to Barolo runs the house, but all wines from this family are worthy of discovery for those never tasted an Elio Altare.

Elio Altare Cerretta Vigna Bricco Barolo DOCG avg price per bottle ex tax €86 $104 £76

7. Castello di Fonterutoli. 














If there is one Tuscan that stands rooted centuries in history and seduces you with outstanding Chianti, then Fonterutoli is unmistakably right up there. Here lays craftsmanship and experience in every drop of their Chianti classico Fonterutoli.

Mazzei Castello di Fonterutoli Chianti Classico Gran selezione avg price per bottle ex tax €37 $45 £33

8. Allegrini. 












Based in northern Italy close to lake Garda and not far to from Venice. There is one wine that this house really has as its beacon, the Amarone de Allegrini. Intense, deep, juicy and seductive, for those in look of how Amarone should taste, Allegrini will certainly not disappoint you and take you on a journey few can.

Allegrini Amarone della valpolicella Classico DOCG avg price per bottle ex tax €53 $64 £47

9. Tenuta San Guido. 










If there has to be one super Tuscan in this list it has to be Tenuta San Guido and their Sassicaia. It is undoubtedly the best in the Bolgeri wines, although that another big name would somewhat disagree. A very Bordeaux style wine make in Italy, gracious, deep, spelbounding and magical.

Tenyta San Guido Sassicaia avg price per bottle ex tax €182 $221 £161

10. Feudi di San Gregorio.









Southern Italian wine house with a beautiful and charming history, but above all the craft of wine making. Unique in its taste and structure as much for its reds as its whites. A true southern Italian identity.

Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo DOCG avg price per bottle ex tax €14 $16 £12

11. Jermann. 









Predominantly a white wine producers but holds a nice halve dozen reds in their family. Austrian ascendance settled in Fruili Venezia Giulia, established as a high level recognized wine house, in Italy and the the world.  

Jermann Vintage Tunina avg price per bottle ex tax €42 $51 £37 

12. Vie Di Romans.














If there is anyone that makes outstanding white wines then it is without a doubt Vie Di Romans, based close to the Slovenian border here is a white wine for every white wine palate. Subtle, fresh, intense, deep, harmonious.

Vie di Romans Flor di Uis avg per bottle ex tax €26 $32 £23

13. Bruno Giacosa.











A heart and soul Piedmonte man, Giacosa has grown in size (still relative), they started first buying grapes to make their wines to eventually buy land and not just any land the best plots in the region. The wines breath class and perfection, a delight any time although that his wine start to reach prizes many among us have to dig deep.

Bruno Giacosa Le Rocche Barolo DOCG  av price per bottle ex tax €280 $340 £248

14. Planeta.













Settled at the foot of the Etna, this Sicilian wine house has stormed through the ranks with wines full of character and identity. Delightful wines still affordable.

Planeta Santa Cecilia Noto avg price per bottle ex tax €24 $29 £21

15. Masciarelli. 









A maestro in winemaking, love passion, conviction and determination. The wines from this house are very affordable and represent very good value for money.

Masciarelli Villa Gemma avg price per bottle ex tax €44 $53 £39

16. Valentini. 













Close to the Adriatic sea in the heart of Abruzzo, sits this domain which has produce wines for over 5 generations and keeps on scoring high by many critics. Honest and good terroir driven wines, full of inspiration and craftsmanship.

Valentini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo avr price per bottle ex tax €269 $326 £238

17. Fattoria de Felsina. 











When it comes to Chianti Classico there are few that make them with the image and attitude as Felsina. An estate that has stood through the ripples of time. It is only in the 20th century that it really worked its way up in the wine ranks, still very affordable and an Italian Tuscan must. 

Fattoria de Felsina Berardenga Rancia Chianti Classico DOCG Avg price per bottle ex tax €37 $45 £33 

18. Poliziano.  













If vino nobile is your thing then Poliziano is the estate to have. A dedicated estate thriving in producing wines from outstanding quality. Polished and well set wines, with emotion and motivation. 

Poliziano Asinone avg price per bottle ex tax €37 $45 £33

19. Castello della Sala. 












There are a couple estate that produces outstanding magical white wines and Castello dell Sala is one of them. Absolutely spot on, gracious, luscious and elegant is one way to describe its wines, especially their Cervaro. Reasonable in price and if that is to high their Bramito is surely not to underestimate.

Castello della Sala Cervaro avg price per bottle ex tax €41 $49 £36

20. Livio Felluga.













This house closes of my top 20 and a house that is brimmed with surprises, their wines ( I am a bit pulled towards their white) are youthful and inspiring. A must house to discover if you like your Italian whites.

Livio Felluga Picolit avg price per bottle ex tax €96 $116 £85

I made this list up according to what I have taste and how in general these domains are perceived and criticized by wine critics and wine magazines. I am sure that some will have a different selection in comparison to this top 20, but that is the beauty of wine, able to seduce each and everyone of us in its own particular way. Still often I have been asked if these high prices really justify a wine to be very good. In most cases it is, as these wines are numbered in their production and not like any other product when demand is high we produce more. Wine does not work that way and when demand is higher than supply then prices will reflect that, which also means that these wines are very popular and there are many who think that they are definitely worth the price. You have it in every form of life not just wine. 

Until next time please do drink responsibly. 


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

The 2017 100 power list (live-ex)

As every year around this time live-ex releases the 100 power list of the most in business wines and champagnes. Still to this date, its France that dominates with about 85% of the wines in the top 100 and the top 10 is totally French.
Italy is second with  8 wines, here we see that some of their stars have jumped well up the list, Masseto and Sassicaia. The best non French wine on the list stands at 19, Penfold from Australia. Last year the closest positioned non French to the top  was Opus One at the 33rd position, also Burgundy has performed very well this year and in my opinion will keep on performing better in the years to come.

Its the investors and traders list, which gives you and indication of how the high end in the world of red and white grape move, if you get good guidance then investing in wine is still a good move.

The price is calculated by case of 6 bottles.

The 100 Power list 2017

  1. Lafite Rothchild.  In 2016, 1. In value and volume, 1.  Avg price per case avg €4,319 $5,179 £3,832, Avg rank in trade price,17. 
  2. Margaux. In 2016, 3. In value and volume, 7. Avg price per case € 3,614 $4,333 £3,206,Avg rank in trade price, 27.
  3. Mouton Rothschild. In 2016, 2. In value and volume, 2. Avg price per case avg € 4,084 $ 4,893 £3,627, Avg rank trade price, 22.
  4. DRC. In 2016, 6. In value and volume, 66. Avg price per case avg € 24,302 $ 29,114 £ 21,580, Avg rank in trade price, 1. 
  5. Angelus. In 2016, 7. In value and volume, 13. Avg price per case avg €2,912 $3,488 £2,586, Avg rank in trade price, 31.
  6. Ponsot. In 2016, 130. In value and volume, 31. Avg price per case avg € 4,241 $ 5,080 £3,766, Avg rank in trade price, 19.
  7. Domaine Leflaive. In 2016, 27. In value and volume, 46. Price per case avg €2,365 $2,839 £2,103. Average rank in trade price, 46.
  8. Armand Rousseau. In 2016, 19. In value and volume, 59. Price per case avg  €6,379 $7,658 £5,672. Average rank in trade price, 8.
  9. Haut Brion. In 2016, 4. In value and volume, 5. Avg price per case  €3,670 $4,405 £3,263. Average rank in trade price, 25. 
  10. Petrus. In 2016, 8. In value and volume, 40. Avg price per case €24,246 $29,104 £21,556. Avg rank in trade price, 2.
  11. Guigal. In 2016, 31. In value and volume, 32. Avg price per case €1,152 $1,383 £1,025. Avg rank in trade price, 101.
  12. Latour. In 2016, 5. In value and volume, 6. Avg price per case €3,656 $4,389 £3,251. Avg rank in trade price, 26.
  13. Montrose. In 2016, 16. In value and volume, 9. Avg price per case €1,547 $1,857 £1,376. Avg rank in trade price, 81. 
  14. Mission Haut Brion. In 2016, 15. In value and volume, 17. Avg price per case €2,444 $2,933 £2,173. Avg rank in trade price, 44.
  15. Krug. In 2016, 58. In value and volume, 41. Avg price per case €2,903 $3,484 £2,581. Avg rank in trade price, 32.
  16. Joseph Drouin. In 2016, 53. In value and volume, 72. Avg price per case, €2,464 $2,958 £2,191. Avg rank in trade price, 43.
  17. Cheval Blanc. In 2016,10. In value and volume, 20. Avg price per case €4,957 $5,950 £4,407. Avg rank in trade price, 13.
  18. Figeac. In 2016, 62. In value and volume, 8. Avg price per case €970 $1,165 £863. Avg rank in trade price, 124.
  19. Penfolds. In 2016, 38. In value and volume, 75. Avg price per case €3,675 $4,412 £3,268. Avg rank in trade price, 24.
  20. Masseto. In 2016, 51. In value and volume, 90. Avg price per case €5,779 $ 6.937 £5,138. Avg rank in trade price, 10.
  21. Vieux Chateau Certan. In 2016, 40. In value and volume, 36. Avg price per case €1,641 $1,969 £1,459. Avg rank in trade price, 75.
  22. Leoville Las Cases. In 2016, 13. In value and volume, 14. Avg price per case,€1,630 $1,957, £1,450. Avg rank in trade price, 77.
  23. Prieure Roch. In 2016 -. In value and volume, 69. Avg price per case €2,432 $2,920 £2,163. Avg rank in trade price, 45.
  24. Screaming Eagle.  In 2016, 69. In value and volume, 79. Avg price per case €21,548 $25,865 £19,157. Avg rank in trade price, 3.
  25. Ducru-Beaucaillou. In 2016, 12. In value and volume, 15. Avg price per case €1,251 $1,502 £1,113. Avg rank in trade price, 94.
  26. Jacques Prieur. In 2016, 163. In value and volume, 119. Avg price per case €2,488 $2,986 £2,212. Avg rank in trade price, 42.
  27. Pavie. In 2016, 9. In value and volume, 19. Avg price per case €2,886 $3,464 £2.566. Avg rank in trade price, 34.
  28. Yquem. In 2016, 24. In value and volume, 34. Avg price per case  €2,324 $2,790 £2,067. Avg rank in trade price, 48.
  29. Georges Roumier.  In 2016, 115. In value and volume, 131. Avg price per case €4,362 $5,236 £3,878. Avg rank in trade price, 16.
  30. Pichon Baron. In 2016, 21. In value and volume, 21. Avg price per case €1,084 $1,301 £963. Avg rank in trade price, 109.
  31. Palmer. In 2016, 11. In value and volume, 30. Avg price per case €1,735 $2,087 £1,540. Avg rank in trade price, 68.
  32. Comte Vogue. In 2016, 37. In value and volume, 107. Avg price per case €4,285 $5,156 £3,803. Avg rank in trade price, 18.
  33. Sassicaia. In 2016, 55. In value and volume, 2. Avg price per case €779 $938 £692. Avg rank in trade price, 146.
  34. Dominus. In 2016, 89. In value and volume, 64. Avg price per case €1,983 $2,386 £1,760. Avg rank in trade price, 57. 
  35. Leoville Barton. In 2016, 39. In value and volume, 29. Avg price per case €819 $985 £727. Avg rank in trade price, 141.
  36. Ausone. In 2016, 20. In value and volume, 43. Avg price per case €4,228 $5,087 £3,752. Avg rank in trade price, 20.
  37. Meo Camuzet. In 2016, 92. In value and volume, 96. Avg price per case €1,300 $1,564 £1,154. Avg rank trade price, 92.
  38. Cos d'Estournel. In 2016, 17. In value and volume, 10. Avg price per case €993 $1,195 £882. Avg rank trade price, 120.
  39. Evangile.  In 2016, 56. In value and volume, 48. Avg price per case €1,422 $1,711 £1,262. Avg rank in trade price, 87.
  40. Pichon Lalande. In 2016, 22. In value and volume, 16. Avg price per case  €1,113 $1,341 £991. Avg rank trade price, 104. 
  41. Moet et Chandon. In 2016, 30. In value and volume, 25. Avg price per case €1,471 $1,773 £1,310. Avg rank trade price, 84.
  42. Pin.  In 2016,29. In value and volume, 103. Avg price per case €19,694 $23,727 £17,530. Avg rank in trade price, 4.
  43. Lafleur. In 2016, 42. In value and volume, 75. Avg price per case€5,437 $6,551 £4,840. Avg rank trade price, 12.
  44. Salon. In 2016, 48. In value and volume, 32. Avg price per case €3,342 $4,026 £2,975. Avg rank trade price, 28.
  45. Joseph Faiveley. In 2016, 77. In value and volume, 70. Avg price per case €1,756 $2,115 £1,563. Avg rank trade price, 67.
  46. Lynh Bages. In 2016, 14. In value and volume, 11. Avg price per case €1,089 $1,312 £970. Avg rank trade price, 108.
  47. Etienne Sauzet. In 2016, 135. In value and volume, 126. Avg price per case €2,655 $3,199 £2,364. Avg rank trade price, 38.
  48. Opus One. In 2016, 33. In value and volume, 56. Avg price per case €2,916 $3,513 £2,596. Avg rank in trade price, 30.
  49. Louis Roederer. In 2016, 61. In value and volume, 22. Avg price per case €1,489 $1,794 £1,326. Avg rank in trade price, 83. 
  50. Calon Segur. In 2016, 23. In value and volume, 39. Avg price per case €672 $810 £599. Avg rank in trade price, 165.
  51. Trotanoy. In 2016, 94. In value and volume, 54. Avg price per case €1,836 $2,213 £1,635. Avg rank in trade price, 60.
  52. Beychevelle. In 2016, In value and volume, 35. Avg price per case €813 $979 £724. Avg rank in trade price, 142.
  53. Rauzan Segla. In 2016, 52. In value and volume, 44. Avg price per case, €703 $847 £626. Avg rank in trade price, 156.
  54. Coche Dury. In 2016, 80. In volume and Value, 135. Avg price per case, €5,544 $6,679, £4,935. Avg rank in trade price, 11.
  55. Pontet Canet. In 2016, 24. In value and volume, 4. Avg price per case, €1,041 $1,254 £927. Avg rank in trade price, 114.
  56.  Gaja. In 2016, 47. In value and volume, 82. Avg price per case, €1,515 $1,825 £1,349. Avg rank in trade price, 82.
  57. Leoville Poyferre. In 2016, 32. In value and volume, 24. Avg price per case, €824 $993 £734. Avg rank in trade price, 139.
  58. Pape Clement. In 2016, 18. In value and volume, 12. Avg price per case, €996 $1,200 £887. Avg rank in trade price, 119.
  59. Canon (St Emilion). In 2016, 139. In value and volume, 72. Avg price per case, €975 $1,174 £868. Avg rank in trade price, 123.
  60. Beaucastel. In 2016, 70. In value and volume, 45. Avg price per case, €925 $1,115 £824. Avg rank in trade price, 131.
  61. Sylvain Cathiard. In 2016, 81. In value and volume, 144. Avg price per case,€4,097 $4,936 £3,647. Avg rank in trade price, 21.
  62. Smith Haut Lafitte. In 2016, 41. In value and volume, 52. Avg price per case, €1,165 $1,403 £1,037. Avg rank in trade price, 99.
  63. Francois Lamarche. In 2016 -. In value and volume, 140. Avg price per case, €2,264 $2,728 £2,016. Avg rank in trade price, 50.
  64. Bollinger. In 2016, 63. In value and volume, 26. Avg price per case, €1,107 $1,334 £986. Avg rank in trade price, 105.
  65. Haut Bailly. In 2016, 46. In value and volume, 26. Avg price per case, €923 $1,112 £822. Avg rank in trade price, 132.
  66. Gruaud Larose. In 2016, 28. In value and volume, 41. Avg price per case, €565 $681 £503. Avg rank in trade price, 181.
  67. Troplong Mondot. In 2016, 88. In value and volume, 36. Avg price per case, €926 $1,117 £824. Avg rank in trade price, 130.
  68. Lambrays. In 2016, 97. In value and volume, 102. Avg price per case, €1,788 $2,155 £1,590. Avg rank in trade price, 63.
  69. La Fleur Petrus. In 2016, 35. In value and volume, 54. Avg price per case, € 1,687 $2,033 £1,500. Avg rank trade price, 74. 
  70. Alain Hudelots Noellat. In 2016, 120. In value and volume, 123. Avg price per case, €938 $1,130 £834. Avg rank in trade price, 127. 
  71. Talbot. In 2016, 44. In value and volume, 51. Avg price per case, €570 $687 £507. Avg rank in trade price, 179.
  72. Clinet. In 2016, 85. In value and volume, 57. Avg price per case, €1,035 $1,248 £921. Avg rank in trade price,  116.
  73. Conseillante. In 2016, 68. In value and volume, 71. Avg price per case, €1,230 $1,483 £1,094. Avg rank in trade price, 96.
  74. Guy Roulot. In 2016, -. In value and volume, 155. Avg price per case, €1,390 $1,675 £1,236. Avg rank in trade price, 90.
  75. Clos Fourtet. In 2016, 56. In value and volume, 50. Avg price per case, €933 $1,125 £830. Avg rank in trade price, 126.
  76. Duhart Milon. In 2016, 36. In value and volume, 26. Avg price per case €712 $858 £633. Avg rank in trade price, 154.
  77. Vega Sicilia. In 2016, 34. In value and volume, 93. Avg price per case, €2,124 $2,561 £1,889. Avg rank in trade price, 52.
  78. Grand Puy Lacoste. In 2016, 45. In volume and value, 28. Avg price per case, €610 $736 £543. Avg rank in trade price, 174.
  79. Giscours. In 2016, 72. In value and volume, 38. Avg price per case, €328 $395 £292. Avg rank in trade price, 205.
  80. Jacques Frederic Mugnier. In 2016, 82. In value and volume, 164. Avg price per case, €2,896 $3,491 £2,575. Avg rank in trade price, 33.
  81. Solaia. In 2016, 86. In value and volume, 74. Avg price per case, €1,632 $1,967 £1,451. Avg rank in trade price, 76.
  82. Armailhac. In 2016, 66. In value and volume, 75. Avg price per case, €398 $479 £354. Avg rank in trade price, 196.
  83. Lascombes. In 2016, 54. In value and volume, 63. Avg price per case, €676 $814 £601. Avg rank in trade price, 163.
  84. Eglise Clinet. In 2016, 49. In value and volume, 66. Avg price per case, €1,553 $1,872 £1,381. Avg rank in trade price, 80.
  85. Taittinger. In 2016, 71. In value and volume, 52. Avg price per case, €9710 $1,170 £863. Avg rank in trade price, 125.
  86. Ornellaia. In 2016, 73. In value an d volume, 65. Avg price per case, €1,124 $1,355 £1,000. Avg rank in trade price, 103.
  87. Clerc Milon.  In 2016, 43. In value and volume, 62. Avg price per case, €615 $741 £547. Avg rank in trade price, 173.
  88. Tignanello. In 2016, 84. In value and volume, 58. Avg price per case, €715 $862 £636. Avg rank in trade price, 152.
  89. Domaine Chevalier. In 2016, 65. In value and volume, 48. Avg price per case, €681 $821 £606. Avg rank in trade price, 161.
  90. Brane Cantenac. In 2016, 93. In value and volume, 81. Avg price per case, €695 $837 £618. Avg rank in trade price, 159.
  91. Vougeraie. In 2016, 99. In value and volume, 170. Avg price per case, €1,866 $2,249 £1,659. Avg rank in trade price, 58.
  92. Tertre Roteboeuf. In 2016, 142. In value and volume, 142. Avg price per case,  €1,697 $2,045 £1,509. Avg rank in trade price, 
  93. Fontaine Gagnard. In 2016, 122. In value and volume, 100. Avg price per case, €968 $1,167 £861. Avg rank in trade price, 126.
  94. Domaine Leroy. In 2016, 50. In value and volume, 123. Avg price per case, €14,290 $17,223 £12,704. Avg rank in trade price, 5.
  95. Henschke. In 2016, 79. In value and volume, 164. Avg price per case, €2,121 $2,436 £1,797. Avg rank in trade price, 54.
  96. Giacomo Conterno. In 2016, 59. In value and volume, 133. Avg Price per case, €1,462 $1,762 £1,300. Avg rank in trade price, 86.
  97. Chapoutier.  In 2016, 59. In value and volume, 136. Avg price per case, €1,002 $1,207 £891. Avg rank in trade price, 118
  98. Casanova di Neri. In 2016, 155. In value and volume, 150. Avg price per case, €1,353 $1,630 £1,203. Avg rank in trade price, 91.
  99. Henri Gouges. In 2016, 160. In value and volume, 85. Avg price per case, €308 $371 £274. Avg rank in trade price, 206. 
  100. Henri Boillot. In 2016, 89. In value and volume, 80. Avg price per case, €722 $870 £642. Avg rank in trade price, 151. 
It is interesting to see that now for 11 years running, France stands strong but I have a feeling with the world becoming closer and the new palate discovering other marvels, that here and the next 10 years this list will look more diverse and colorful.

Until next time please do drink responsibly.