Wine's world

At the top!


Every year since 1988, the Wine Spectator has published its list of the 100 most exciting wines among the thousands tasted during the year (12,500 in 2021!). This ranking, which includes promising new winemakers as well as traditional wineries used to the podiums, is based on three criteria:

  •     the quality of the wines (based on the score obtained in tasting),
  •     their value (based on price),
  •     and their availability in the United States (thus excluding certain confidential wines that are not, or only slightly, imported into the United States).

This year's Top 100 features the United States (33 vintages), Italy (23 vintages) and France (17 vintages), thanks to the very high quality of recent vintages.

We are pleased to note that four vintages currently in our catalogue are included in the 2021 list, two of which are in the Top 10:

2nd : Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 2018 (Pauillac)
7th : Château Léoville-Poyferré 2018 (Saint-Julien)
13th : Château Carbonnieux blanc 2018 (Pessac-Léognan)
76th : Louis Roederer Collection 242 (Champagne)

Furthermore, when compiling the top 10 wines from each of the last 10 rankings (from 2012 to 2021), we note that many of the estates usually present in our selections are praised:

Climens' misfortune


Climens, this Barsac 1er cru classé, praised for over 40 years for the airy grace of its sweet wines, has just suffered an incredible series of climatic accidents (successive frosts and hailstorms).

In 5 years, Climens has had 4 vintages without being able to produce a single bottle: 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021.

The only surviving vintage: 2019, for a tiny harvest (1000 cases announced whereas the normal production is around 4000 cases per year). It will be released in the course of next year.

All our support to Bérénice Lurton and all her team so that Climens finally finds its full production in 2022 in order to delight us again with its sublime delicacy.

For scholars


Report of La Revue du Vin de France (September 2021) for the 2018 Clinet, rated 96/100: "Le vin a, en bouteille, remarquablement intégré l'ampleur de sa structure tannique. C'est un pomerol intense et distingué, hédoniste, solaire, mais gardant sa part de mystère chtonien".

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