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What is your current top Red, White, Other wines?


Hi all,

Just wondering what everyone’s top wines they have had are (one per category)? I have on my desk (unfortunately empty) bottles of the most enjoyable wines I have had in each category - I basically replace the bottle with any wine that has surpassed the previous.

Red - 1990 Paul Jaboulet Aine Hermitage La Chapelle
White - Hugel Schoelhammer Riesling (2007 I think)
Fortified - H&H Century Malmsey Madeira 1900 (Paris exhibition Solera)
Port - Graham’s 1972 single harvest tawny port


Funny how you made port and fortified separate categories…

Red is 2005 J-L Chave Hermitage Rouge
White is 2008 Trimbach Clos St Hune Riesling
Fortified is NV Equipo Navazos Bota 48 Palo Cortado
Sparkling is 2002 Bollinger RD


Yeah, I would probably go with the Port in the fortified category, the Madeira I guess would probably be in a ‘historic’ category, bottle 592 of 1102.


Really tricky!

Red: 1988 Giacomo Conterno Barolo Reserva

White 1995 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet

Fortified 1958 Blandy’s Bual

Sparkling Krug 1988


I could ponder this one for hours…with a glass of something of course !

red - Ch Latour 2004 - sample tasted at the Chateau…very lucky boy!
white - Ch de Saint Cosme Condrieu 2004
Sweet - Ch Suduiraut 2002
Port - Crofts 1960
Sparkling - Dom Perignon 1990

apols…cheekily added sparkling :grinning: and mutated fortified into sweet :innocent:


Not the most prestigious bottles I have tried, but ones that really stood out for quality/price are:

Red: Bahans Haut Brion 1995 (in 2008) £40 at the time.

White: McWilliams Mount Pleasant Semillon, with 10 years bottle age. £25. I wish TWS would re-stock this. Amazing length and complexity.

Sweet: Mas Amiel Vintage Blanc, from 100% grenache gris.

Port: Taylor’s 1960-something. Damaged label and cork meant vintage unclear. Tasted in 2002 with a bunch of students who “didn’t like port” (but came back for second and third glasses)

Fizz: Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 1986 (tasted in 2003). I’ve had a lot of top champagne, but this was the most interesting/unusual and fully mature example I’ve come across. More like a lightly sparkling mature white burgundy. Which might not sound great, but it was delicious!


Red: Jaboulet La Chapelle 1990
White: Beaucastel Roussanne Vielles Vignes 1989
Sweet Noble One 1983
Port Para Port #108
Fizz: Bollinger R.D. 1975 (or 76) cannot be certain!

But I have some DRC , Chave Hermitage 2015, Dead Arm Shiraz 2001 and a case of the Jaboulet 1990 still kicking around in storage, so this may not be my definitive list!! lol


I’m sorry, you have WHAT??

I think we could be great friends :joy:



Only the 2002 Montrachet amongst some others, so no biggie!! lol
A tad of Tache and some venerable St Vivant, if I remember correctly.

And some rather well regarded Pomerol.:grinning::wink:


And your address is…….:rofl:


if its just those, I don’t know why you bothered writing them down :wink:

Do a swappsie with my vertical of blue nun in magnum ?


For me, these are the wines that made me go wow. Maybe not the most prestigious but certainly memorable.
Brackets for years consumed.

Red - Wolf Blass Black Label Cab/Shz/Malbec 2004 (2014)
White - Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2005 (2015)
Dessert - Chateau d’Yquem 1989 (2016) (not mine)
Rose - Château d’Esclans Les Clans 2012 (2017)
Sparkling - Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année 2004 (2017)

I’ve got quite a generous friend who has treated me to the d’Yquem above along with a few other treats
Chateau Latour 1970 Magnum, Lynch Bages 2000 & 2001 (2018)
Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet 1995 & DRC St Vivant 1990 (2016)
Lynch Bages 1995 & Cos d’Estournel 1986 (2014)
Along with a few other gems. As I said - a good friend to know!



I do covet some Hirondelle. :wink:

On a “romantic” weekend many moons ago, late one Saturday night in a Tenby hotel , a chap attired in a Pink suit was sitting at the bar - who it was said worked offshore.
To our astonishment and eternal gratitude, he treated the entire assembled to a carafe each of this highly sought-after beverage, which was kindly received.
Free drink, what’s not to like??