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Top varieties (and blends) in your cellar

So my results are:

Red Bordeaux blend 18.8%
Syrah 11.7%
Pinot Noir 8%
Riesling 6.5%
Chardonnay 6.3%
Tempranillo 5.4%
Nebbiolo 5.4%
Red blend 5.0%
Red Rhone blend 4.3%
White Rhone blend 2.4%

Slightly surprised by the spread, but I suppose it’s over a quarter Bordeaux or Rhone when added together.


Red Bordeaux blend 37%

Then almost equal amounts (running between 5%-7%) of
Red Rhone
Semillon/sauvignon blend
Pinot Noir


Yes, can sort by variety and subset country etc. Great ability to drill down into details.

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I use this CT report all the time. I am pretty pleased with the ratios at the moment, we have a bit of everything and that is the aim. Whether it is all ready to drink is another story! Most of the things in our cellar have been purchased with aging in mind with an eye to retirement and the reduction in income that will come with that.

One of my “Cellar New Year’s Resolutions” was to increase the numbers of Pinot Noir. I was shocked to find I only had 5 bottles a while back while digging around before a dinner party, and none of the 5 were ready to go. It’s good to see it in the top list now, AND with some of them almost in the window.

The country report is not so varied - it is 58.2% French. We have already decided that next year will the Italian Exploration Year, so are looking forward to increasing the number of these (and the associated varieties) in the cellar.

  • [Chardonnay] 11.9%

Mostly white Burg and BdB champagne, and some NZ

  • [Red Bordeaux Blend] 10.5%

Mostly France, some SA

  • [Riesling] 8.1%

Pretty much all German

  • [Syrah] 6.9%

France, NZ, SA and Aus

  • [Red Rhone Blend] 6.0%

All French

  • [Pinot Noir] 5.5%

France, NZ, USA

  • [Red Blend] 5.0%

A laundry basket of everywhere

  • [Marsanne] 4.8%

France and Aus


My top 5 (actually 6 now I’ve recounted it) are:

Red Bordeaux Blend 20.3%. All claret except a few Mas de Daumas Gaussac.

Red Rhone Blend 15.7%. All Southern Rhone except a couple of Languedoc/Roussillon, although strangely another wine from the same property with broadly the same grapes ends up in another category.

Pinot Noir 13.4%. Mainly Burgundy with a few outliers.

Syrah 8.1%. Northern Rhone with some Aussie and S of France outliers.

Chardonnay 7.8%. Predominantly Chablis plus NZ.

Other red blend 5.3%. Mainly Musar with some other randomly assigned Languedoc.

Not surprised at the claret, due to its longevity. Same for Musar. Surprised that Alsace is pretty low, but that’s cyclical, and if you add all the grape varieties together it comes to about 5-6%. Whites turnover is higher and stocks relatively low at present - I blame the wife for drinking more!


Typically eclectic spread, with two clear favourites. Everything over 2.5% listed, but there are nearly 35 varieties below that.

I don’t have cellar tracker, so a bit of fiddling with a pivot table required. Ashamed to admit I quite enjoyed it - not done anything more interesting than data entry (actually, more like removal) on my wine tracking spreadsheet since being furloughed.

Grape % of total
Nebbiolo Total 16.11%
Riesling Total 11.85%
Syrah Total 8.53%
Bordeaux blend Total 6.64%
Chardonnay Total 6.64%
Pinot Noir Total 5.21%
Champagne blend Total 4.74%
Xinomavro Total 4.27%
Chenin Blanc Total 2.84%
Gamay Total 2.84%

Red Bordeaux blends 142, 32%

Red Rhone blends 131, 30%

Chardonnay 33, 7.5%

Pinot noir 26, 5.8%

Port 14, 3%

Rioja 13, 2.9%

Sangiovese 13, 2.9%

Nebbiolo 12, 2.7%

Riesling 12, 2.7%

Rhone white 12, 2.7%

Marsanne 12, 2.7%

Champagne 10, 2.3%

Chile carmenere blend 6 1.4%

Argentinian Malbec blend 6, 1.4%

Valpolicella 3, 0.7%

Lebanese 3, 0.7%

Pinotage 2, 0.5%

About a third of the Rhone, Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays are Southern Hemisphere.


There’s definitely no negroamaro in Sicily, Peter :slight_smile:


Not very precise but…

Too much Bordeaux and northern Rhône
Some burgundy (Red and white) - mostly from lesser negóciants and vintages.
A good dose of Argentine Malbec plus odds and ends including Torrontes, Cabernet Franc and Blends.
Tannat from Uruguay and Madiran.
An assortment of Australian, Californian, South Africa, Italy and Spanish wines - mostly red.
Port backed up by sweet wines from France, California and Argentina.


I have a small wine colection in a cupboard and rack in our kitchen.

4 bottles of Spatburgunder Markgraflerland Martin Wassmer 2017

4 bottles of Grignan les Adhemar Delas 2018

one bottle of The Society’s Exhibition Haut Medoc 2015

2 bottles of The Society’s Saar Riesling 2017

8 bottles The Society’s Sicilian Reserve Red 2015

One bottle of a Mcguigans Merlot

one bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio from Marks and Spencer

one bottle of Martini Blanco

one bottle of Irish Whisky


Oh better not tell Mrs M what goes into a lot of champagnes!

A quick “countif”* on the spread sheet tells me (entirely unsurprisingly!)

Pinot Noir
Rhone Blend (White)
Rioja Blend (White)

Makes up my top five

*actually a sumif on the bottle count rather than the grape. I should be “at work now” but in an occasional actually at work cheat, as long as I’m looking at a spreadsheet, no-one ever questions anything!


Including EP, cellartracker tells me it looks like this. Heavy French bias, with Rhone (if you include north and south) the largest contributor. Very heavy red bias, and certainly think it is time to start buying a bit more white:

  1. Red Bordeaux Blend 25.6% - mostly Bordeaux, some Californian, South African and Tuscan

  2. Pinot Noir 21.5% - almost all Burgundy

  3. Syrah 21% - Mostly Rhone, some South African

  4. Red Rhone Blend 9.3% - Almost all Rhone

  5. Nebbiolo 5.5% - All Barolo

  6. Port 4.3%

The remainder is a mix of Brunello, Champagne, Chardonnay, various white blends, Riesling, Malbec, Cabernet, Grenache and Mouvedre


22 rows, and no big surprises here:

Red Bordeaux Blend - 24.4%
Syrah - 11.9%
Chardonnay - 11.3%
Red Rhône Blend - 10.6%
Pinot Noir - 8.1%
Sangiovese - 7.5%
Nebbiolo - 5.6%

Below that, nothing above 4%. Definitely need to start building up some stocks of white wines.


The only issue with white wine, is that much of it won’t age well beyond a few years.

Riesling and white Bordeaux are the exceptions in my collection.

Any other white that I have, I have to factor in how many bottles I have and how much time to drink them. I have a number of bottles of chardonnay (mix of Burgundy, Californian and NZ) that I can drink over the next 5 years or so but I can’t buy any more as i won’t get through them all in the drinking window!


Like most people rather top heavy with reds and very French centric

Red Bordeaux Blend

Red Rhone Blend 17.5%

Syrah 9.4%

Pinot Noir7.5%

Gamay 6.3%

Chardonnay 5.0%

Sauvignon Blanc 4.4%

Tempranillo 4.4%

Garganega 3.8%

Grüner Veltliner 3.8%

Cabernet Franc 3.1%

Champagne Blend 3.1%


My faulty memory, I meant Nero d’Avola.

Basically the two wines I wanted from Majestic, after careful selection from the website, a CdR and a Barbera I’d had before, were said to be sold out. As I’d waited over 3 days for them to phone me, I took the managers alternatives - their own brand Definition CdR and he offered another Italian red. I asked which grape as I did not want Montepulciano as I have plenty of TWS Montepulciano, he said it was from Sicily.


She knows; it’s only the red wines she won’t drink. Thank goodness she loves (white) Champagne!

A few comments about whites being underrepresented. I think that’s due to very different ageing profiles. Unless you drink a lot of mature Riesling, and maybe White Burgundy or Sauternes, the turnover of whites is likely to be a lot higher. I bet if we did the same analysis on purchases over the last 5 years the results would be a bit different.


Not much of a surprise here really, in my Top 10:

  1. Nebbiolo 19.2% (Barolo and Barbaresco) (159)
  2. Red Bordeaux blend 17.3% (Bordeaux and USA) (143)
  3. Syrah 9.1% (mostly N. Rhone with some SA) (75)
  4. Red Rhone blend 8.0% (66)
  5. Pinot Noir 7.1% (All Burgundy) (59)
  6. Sangiovese & Super Tuscans 6.8% (57)
  7. Riesling 6.5% (Mostly Alsace with some Australian) (54)
  8. Gamay 6.2% (All Cru Beaujolais) (51)
  9. Chardonnay 3.6% (Burgundy and NZ) (30)
  10. Tempranillo 3.6% ((30)