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2019 Top 100 Wines of France, Italy and New Zealand

December 5, 2019

James Suckling has released his timely end-of-year “Top 100 Wines of 2019”  lists for France, Italy, and New Zealand. These lists serve to highlight exceptional estates that have produced wines that showcase their unique terroir and wine-making processes. Of the more than 25,000 wines rated from around the world, fourteen are proudly part of the VINTUS Portfolio.

From France two E. Guigal wines, Cote-Rotie La Landone 2015 and Cote-Rotie La Mouline 2015, were ranked 3rd and 33rd respectively. Chateau Petrus Pomerol 2016 additionally received a celebrated 10th place ranking. Lastly, Chateau Margaux Margaux 2016 received a 31st ranking. 

Hailing from Italy, seven wines made the top 100 list. Masseto Toscana 2016 received a 2nd place ranking with a special introduction: “The fact that the Masseto Toscana 2016, another 100-pointer, is our runner-up Italian Wine of the Year 2019 is another statement. We want to honor this incredible pure Merlot for its consistently great quality and phenomenal following around the world. It puts the best of Italian wine at the same level as the great names of France including Latour, Margaux and Lafite-Rothschild. Masseto even sells a large percentage of its annual production to Bordeaux wine merchants, who then market the wine to customers around the world.” Luce Brunello di Montalcino 2016 received an equally impressive 6th place ranking. Not surprisingly Ornellaia’s flagship wine, Ornellaia Bolgheri Superior 2016, received a 36th place ranking. Note far behind, Le Macchiole’s Scrio 2016 earned an exciting 44th place ranking. The lovely family owned Sandrone’s Barolo Le Vigne 2015 proudly received a 57 place ranking. Lastly, two Petrolo wines, Galatrona 2017 and Boggina B 2017, received 59th and 91st rankings respectively. 

From the New Zealand list, in an emerging and highly competitive market of producers who are committed to the highest standards of farming, Dog Point Vineyards had three wines featured. The Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2017 was ranked 36th, followed by the Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 ranked 47th, and lastly the Marlborough Chardonnay 2017 ranked 50th.  

To see the entire lists and to read more about these phenomenal wines, read the full article HERE. 

Related Wines

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2015

    Côte-Rôtie

    First planted by the Romans 2,500 years ago, La Mouline is the oldest and most famous vineyard of Cote-Rotie, and Guigal’s single vineyard bottling of La Mouline in the 1960s set off a quality revolution throughout the Rhone Valley. The stunning amphitheater is the most complex plot in Cote-Rotie due to its extremely steep slopes with expositions in every direction. Of the three famous “LaLas” that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Mouline was the first and is the only one on the Cote Blonde, and its signature is an unbelievable exoticism, an irresistibly and unique lifted floral, black fruit, earthy, spicy perfume, its coiled power always in balance, seemingly endless.

    E. Guigal

    E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 2015

    Côte-Rôtie

    One of the three “LaLa” wines that Guigal produces and are the most collectible wines of the Rhone Valley, La Landonne is a remarkable expression of terroir. And for good reason, La Landonne is situated on one of the steepest vineyards of the Côte Brune, a 45 degree slope that remarkably requires harvesters to start picking from the bottom of the vineyard and work their way up, placing grape bunches in bins that are set on sleds and dragged up the hill. Along with its position at the northern end of the Côte Brune and the fact it is the last vineyard to ripen, La Landonne is the mirror of the feminine and voluptuous La Mouline: it is a wine of driving power, defined by its dark fruit and structure. The first vintage Guigal produced was in 1978, after being planted in 1975 at the time of Philippe Guigal’s birth.

    Château La Fleur-Pétrus

    Château La Fleur-Pétrus 2016

    Pomerol

    From a wine of utter charm, La Fleur-Petrus has through the developments of the last 20 years become a wine of profound depth and complexity, all the while retaining its irresistible, seductive edge. You could even call it the archetype of  Pomerol.

    Château Margaux

    Château Margaux Margaux du Château Margaux

    For nearly two decades, Château Margaux have been making a third wine from their estate as part of a stricter selection process for their Château Margaux and Pavillon Rouge. Starting with the great vintage of 2009 it was clear that there were high quality vineyards producing high quality fruit that while not quite at the level of today’s Pavillon Rouge, were still of a level that would make Château Margaux proud to put their name on the label.

    Masseto

    Masseto 2016

    Toscana IGT

    Masseto is one of the most celebrated wines in the world. Coveted by international collectors and fine wine connoisseurs across the globe, Masseto constantly receives the highest accolades from the most prestigious wine critics in the world, and is a fixture in the international fine wine trade indices.

    Tenuta Luce

    Luce Brunello di Montalcino

    Luce Brunello is the winery’s tribute to Montalcino and the wine that emerged there in the second half of the 19th century to become one of Italy's crowning jewels in wine production. It is produced in a very small quantity to showcase the unique character of a pure Sangiovese from the Luce estate vineyards and pay tribute to the winemaking tradition of Montalcino. 

    Ornellaia

    Ornellaia 2016

    Bolgheri DOC Superiore

    Ornellaia is the estate's "Grand Vin," with exceptional balance, power, elegance, and great aging potential. It faithfully reflects, in every vintage, its nature, site, and distinctive Mediterranean personality.

    Le Macchiole

    Le Macchiole Scrio

    Toscana IGT

    Scrio was born in 1994, out of Eugenio Campolmi's wish to produce a wine which would best express his vision of Syrah, his favorite grape variety. As all Le Macchiole wines, Scrio has an original personality and stands apart from Syrah grown in France or anywhere else - it is an extraordinarily compelling meld of deep and velvety Mediterranean fruit with cool climate aromatics and detail. Given the extremely limited production, Scrio is decidedly a hidden gem.

    Sandrone

    Sandrone Barolo Le Vigne

    Barolo

    Le Vigne is a wine created from four different Nebbiolo vineyards, each of which brings its own contribution. This union generates an exceptionally complex wine that is round and harmonious on the palate, with fruity and spicy notes, and this approach of blending together plots is in fact the traditional one in Barolo.

    Petrolo

    Petrolo Galatrona 2016

    Val d'Arno di Sopra DOC

    Year after year, Galatrona has quietly been recognized as one of the great wines of Italy and is often referred to as the Petrus of Tuscany. What it truly is, though, is beyond comparison - a wine of utter individuality reflective of the Petrolo estate and its unique location in an all but unknown appellation of Tuscany.

    Petrolo

    Petrolo Bòggina B 2016

    IGT Toscana

    Bòggina B is a little bit of Burgundy with a Tuscan twist. The wine is made with 100% Trebbiano Toscano. The clone of the Valdarno has been known for its quality since the 1300s, when it was regularly sent to the popes in Rome and the courts of Florence. Petrolo has been using Trebbiano grapes for its sweet vinsanto for decades, but owner Luca Sanjust decided that the time had come for a tribute to the great whites of Valdarno’s past. The wine is made under the guidance of one of Burgundy’s greats, Mounir Souma of Lucien Le Moine.

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc

    Section 94 is widely regarded as the most distinctive and greatest Sauvignon Blanc being made in New Zealand today. James Healy and Ivan Sutherland were among the first to begin fermenting their Sauvignon in barrel with wild yeasts, a technique that along with the old vines they use, leads to a full-bodied wine that is less fruit-forward, more exotic, and has immense textural complexity. 

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Marlborough

    Section 94 is widely regarded as the most distinctive and greatest Sauvignon Blanc being made in New Zealand today. James Healy and Ivan Sutherland were among the first to begin fermenting their Sauvignon in barrel with wild yeasts, a technique that along with the old vines they use, leads to a full-bodied wine that is less fruit-forward, more exotic, and has immense textural complexity. 

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Chardonnay

    Several influential voices in the wine industry believe that in time Chardonnay may prove New Zealand's single highest achievement. All three of the Dog Point wines fermented in barrel are small in production, but the Chardonnay is the smallest, and and times indeed the most dazzling.

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir

    Dog Point's renown as a Sauvignon Blanc producers has done nothing to lessen the enthusiasm around their Pinot Noir, today considered one of the finest in New Zealand. What sets their wine apart is the generosity of the structure, which comes off as rich but not sweet, and the complex mingling of fruit and savory notes.

Related Producers

    E. Guigal

    Rhône Valley, France

    The more you learn about the Guigal family, the more astounding becomes their story.  Their wines are the benchmarks for every Rhone appellation, and over the last thirty years they have become arguably the most lauded producer in the world.  Year after year the Guigal family produces wines of exceptional quality that in all classes offer exceptional value.

    Château Margaux

    Margaux, Bordeaux, France

    It is difficult to sum up in a few lines the long and splendid history of the estate. It was already known in the 12th century but there were not yet any vines. In the 16th century the estate anticipated the future development of the Médoc which was to start abandoning the cultivation of cereal crops in favor of vines, and Château Margaux became a high place in the art of growing and making wine.

    Château La Fleur-Pétrus

    Pomerol, Bordeaux, France

    Over the last 15 years La Fleur-Pétrus has become one of the most fascinating and, from a quality standpoint, extraordinary stories in Bordeaux. A wine borne of a great historic terroir, that through nurture and creativity has become something greater than perhaps could have been imagined, and a bright shining light of Pomerol.

    Masseto

    Bolgheri, Italy

    Masseto is one of the world's iconic wines. Coveted by international collectors and fine wine connoisseurs across the globe, Masseto constantly receives the highest accolades from the most prestigious wine critics in the world, and is a fixture in the international fine wine trade indexes.

    Ornellaia

    Bolgheri, Italy

    Ornellaia has established itself as one of the most iconic producers in Italy (and beyond). The estate is dedicated to producing charming and opulent wines, full of Mediterranean character and finesse, reflecting the estate's unique terroir in Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast.

    Tenuta Luce

    Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

    Today, Luce goes so much further than was originally envisioned when started as a project over 20 years ago. The estate now has some of the most exceptional vineyards in Montalcino and, as of 2018, a state of the art winery to nurture every step of the winemaking process. The original vision, however, remains the same: to produce a bold and ambitious Super Tuscan that reflects the culture of Montalcino.

    Le Macchiole

    Bolgheri, Italy

    Le Macchiole can best be defined as the “Boutique Bolgheri.” The winery is known for its spectacular single-varietal wines, and their signature grape varieties are Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc and work is always conducted with the priority being "the expression of the land." The winery continues to evolve in both the vineyards and in the cellar to allow the soil characteristics from this estate property to be the defining identity in the wines.

    Sandrone

    Piedmont, Italy

    Luciano Sandrone is one of the most iconic producers in Barolo, and his story is an extraordinary one. In the bottle, Sandrone’s wines straddle the modern and traditional styles of the region: elegant, attractive and easy to appreciate right from their first years in bottle, but with no less power and structure over time than traditional Barolos.

    Petrolo

    Val d'Arno di Sopra, Tuscany. Italy

    Petrolo is the definition of a cult winery, with an owner and a story that have helped create its legendary status. While the estate's benchmark wine, the Merlot cru Galatrona, deservedly receives fireworks in the press and is part of the history of Tuscany’s quality revolution in the late 1980s and 1990s, the winery's two other standouts, Torrione and Boggina, are an equally thrilling success - Sangiovese from a special and virtually unknown appellation bordering Chianti Classico that today produces wines of distinct regional identity.

    Dog Point Vineyard

    Marlborough, New Zealand

    Almost since its inception, Dog Point  has been recognized as among the very top (arguably the very top) wine producers in New Zealand.  Their two very different Sauvignon Blancs, their Pinot Noir, and their Chardonnay are all wines of astounding quality and complexity not just in the context of New Zealand wines, but globally.