Week in Review 19-01-18
Saturday, January 19, 2019 in Review
In the world of wine judging, reviews and critique, the difference between a 99-point score and a 100-point score are more than just a single digit. The magic three-figure score suggests that the wine is flawless, perfect and with no room to improve.
For this Week in Review, we’re looking at 100-point wines from the Barossa, the Rhône, Bordeaux, Napa and Chile. The reviewers include some of the most recognisable names in the industry: Robert Parker, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Jeb Dunnuck and James Suckling. Having put their names to the reviews, there is no test of a reputation like signing off a perfect score.
Torbreck The Laird Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012
“The 2012 The Laird is one of those wines you could just go on smelling all day… The full-bodied palate is drop-dead seductive… The finish seems to go on forever – and this is exactly what you want it to do. Stunning.”
100 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
Harlan Estate Napa Valley 2013
"The 2013 Harlan Estate is one of their all-time greats… This great first-growth property, with aspirations to produce the finest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine made in the New World, has given us a wine that has it all in 2013."
100 Points, Robert Parker
Seña Cabernet Merlot Carmenere Aconcagua Valley 2015
“Stunning... Floral... Perfumed... fantastic density… It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. A complex and complete wine...”
100 points, James Suckling
Vieux Château Certan Pomerol 2015
“It takes you to another space and plane... The tannins are perfectly crafted. Keeps going as you taste it. Drink in 2023 but why wait?”
100 Points, James Suckling
Château Pavie 1er Grand Cru Classe Saint-Émilion 2015
“This is really something. Sort of speechless when I taste it… Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a length and intensity that is so, so fine. A wine in perfect harmony. Complete. Hard not to drink.”
100 points, James Suckling
M. Chapoutier White Wines fit for Elysium
How often do you see a 100-point white wine? Have you ever seen three from one producer in a single vintage? Michel Chapoutier achieved a trifecta of perfect scores from Jeb Dunnuck for the 2013 vintages of his l’Ermite, Le Méal and l’Orée cuvées. Made with a mania for purity, these flawless wines are each a convincing approximation of ambrosia. They, each of them, needed a few years to settle and have had that time. Now their journey begins unto what end we can’t say. According to Dunnuck they “will most likely be immortal in the cellar.” Enjoy these wines now or anytime over the course of your life.
This week we also looked at Pikes Riesling, a Barossa Shiraz Dozen, Yangarra Shiraz and a new Prosecco Superiore DOCG.
The Langton's Team