WorldWine Tasting Highlights

2011-12-21

Our 27 dreamwines of 2011

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This year was a real top year for us - at least as far as the wines are concerned which we were able to taste between January and December. If in "normal" years we are already happy to find five or ten dream wines, 2011 we were able to award this distinction an astonishing 27 times. And another 15 wines were so close to that magical line that separates the perfect wines from the the universe of the dreams that we recognized them the potential to pass it with a little more ageing.

This year's dream wines came from Bordeaux, from Burgundy, Tuscany, the Piedmont and South Africa, with even one wine from Australia. The reasons for their incredible number vary according to their origin. Whilst in Europe the outstanding 2009 vintage was the "culprit", in South Africa the high level of so many wines can bee seen as the logical consequence of 20 years of a steady improvement of qualities. In Austria and Germany, the 2009 vintage also brought about some outstanding wines, most of them whites which we had already tasted in 2010, but even some reds came close to the dream wine line. Among them two Pinots of Schwörer (Baden) and Stodden (Ahr) as well as the Austrians Olivin of Winkler-Hermaden, Cabernet-Merlot of Feiler-Artinger and Oxhoft of Braunstein.

The wines which, among those we tasted this year, might finish in the highest category of our ratings with a little bit of ageing, are: Vermentino VT 2008 of Capichera (Sardinia), Lady May 2009 of Glenelly (Südafrika), Cabernet Sauvignon Three Pines 2009 of Stark-Condé (Südafrika), Cornerstone 2009 of Reyneke (Südafrika), Château Branaire-Ducru 2010 (Bordeaux), Château La Couspaude 2009 (Bordeaux), Château Dassault 2009 and 2010 (Bordeaux), Château Chauvin 2010 (Bordeaux), Ronnie Melck 2007 of Muratie (Südafrika), Elevation 393 2007 of de Trafford (Südafrika) and Château Pichon-Longueville Baron 2009 (Bordeaux).


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*****Château Lafite-Rothschild - 33250 Pauillac, Pauillac Château Lafite-Rothschild Premier Grand Cru Classé 2010
*****Château Margaux - 33460 Margaux, Margaux Château Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classé 2010
***** Marchesi Antinori Srl - 50123 Firenze, Igt Toscana Solaia 2008
*****Domaine Anne Gros - 21700 Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Le Grand Maupertui 2010
*****Château La Mondotte - 33330 Saint-Émilion, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château La Mondotte 2010
*****Poderi Luigi Einaudi Srl - 12063 Dogliani, Barolo Costa Grimaldi 2007
*****Château Palmer - 33460 Margaux, Margaux Château Palmer Grand Cru Classé 2009
*****Domaine Jean Fournier - 21260 Marsannay-La-Cote, Côtes de Nuits Villages Croix Violettes Vieilles Vignes 2009
*****Domaine Frédéric Magnien - 21220 Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze Grand Cru 2010
*****Château Léoville Barton - 33250 Saint-Julien-Beychevelle, Saint-Julien Château Léoville Barton Grand Cru Classé 2009
*****Château Margaux - 33460 Margaux, Margaux Château Margaux Premier Grand Cru Classé 2009
*****Château Lafite-Rothschild - 33250 Pauillac, Pauillac Château Lafite-Rothschild Premier Grand Cru Classé 2009
***** Jasper Hill Vineyard Pty Ltd - VIC 3523 Heathcote, Victoria Shiraz - Cabernet franc Emily's Paddock 1998
***** Reyneke Wines - 7604 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Reyneke Reserve red 2008
***** Anwilka Wines - 7600 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Anwilka 2008
*****Az. Agr. Cascina Nuova-Elio Altare - 12064 La Morra, Barolo Brunate 2007
*****Az. Agr. Mauro Veglio - 12064 La Morra, Barolo Vigneto Rocche 2007
*****Château Haut-Brion - 33600 Pessac, Pessac-Léognan Château Haut-Brion Premier Grand Cru Classé 2010
*****Château Les Grandes Murailles - 33330 Saint-Émilion, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Clos Saint Martin Cru Classé 2010
*****Château Cap de Mourlin - 33330 Saint-Émilion, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Cap de Mourlin Cru Classé 2010
*****Château Canon-La-Gaffelière - 33330 Saint-Émilion, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château Canon La Gaffelière Cru Classé 2010
*****Agricola Poggio Bonelli Srl - 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga, Chianti Classico 2007
*****Az. Agr. Fattoria Isole e Olena-SIA Alto Chianti - 50021 Barberino Val D'Elsa, Toscana Igt Cepparello 2007
***** Ernie Els Wines - 7599 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Signature 2007
***** Glenelly Estate - 7600 Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch Lady May 2008
*****Az. Agr. Caparsa - 53017 Radda In Chianti, Chianti Classico Doccio a Matteo 2007
*****Château La Mondotte - 33330 Saint-Émilion, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Château La Mondotte 2009

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