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Classic Bordeaux Named Wine Spectator’s #1 Wine of the Year


Top 10 Wines of 2019 Unveiled at WineSpectator.com

New York, NY (November 15, 2019)—Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, today announced Château Léoville-Barton St.-Julien 2016 as the 2019 Wine of the Year. The Top 10 list is now available on top100.winespectator.com, with the full Top 100 list to be revealed on Monday, November 18.

Château Léoville-Barton, ranked as a second growth in the famous Bordeaux Classification of 1855, has been in the Barton family since 1826. Current owners Anthony Barton and daughter Lilian Barton Sartorius have established a reputation for making wines of classic quality and traditional character. This is one of the top wines and best values from Bordeaux’s excellent 2016 vintage and should provide terrific drinking for decades to come.

Following Château Léoville-Barton (97 points, $98, 11,667 cases made), Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Wines of 2019 are:

Mayacamas | Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 2015 | 96 Score | $125 | 2,250 Cases Made | Napa Valley, California

San Giusto a Rentennano | Chianti Classico 2016 | 95 Score | $36 | 7,500 Cases Made | Tuscany, Italy

Groth | Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Reserve 2016 | 96 Score | $150 | 4,800 Cases Made | Napa Valley, California

Roederer Estate | Brut Anderson Valley L’Ermitage 2012 | 95 Score | $48 | 4,217 Cases Made | Mendocino County, California

Château de Beaucastel | Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2016 | 97 Score | $107 | 6,250 Cases Made | Rhône Valley, France

Ramey | Chardonnay Napa Valley Carneros Hyde Vineyard 2016 | 95 Score | $65 | 1,256 Cases Made | Carneros, California

Château Pichon Baron | Pauillac 2016 | 96 Score | $176 | 13,500 Cases Made | Bordeaux, France

Penfolds | Shiraz Barossa Valley RWT Bin 798 2017 | 96 Score | $150 | 1,156 Cases Imported | Barossa, Australia

Viña Almaviva | Puente Alto 2016 | 95 Score | $130 | 15,000 Cases Made | Maipo, Chile

These bottles were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 wines reviewed by Wine Spectator editors in the magazine’s blind tastings. Selections are based on four criteria: quality (represented by score), value (reflected by price), availability (based on the number of cases either made or imported into the U.S.) and, most important, a compelling story behind the wine or what Wine Spectator calls the “X-factor.”

“Wine lovers today have more choice than ever, and this year’s Top 100 selection is a reflection of that diversity,” said Thomas Matthews, Executive Editor, Wine Spectator. “From established winemakers and new discoveries to outstanding values and exciting comebacks, the Top 100 tells many compelling behind-the-bottle stories. We encourage readers to explore the list and find their favorite picks.”

An annual highlight since 1988, the Top 100 list is a synopsis of the past year in wine and a guide to wineries to watch in the future—a reflection of the producers and wines that Wine Spectator’s editors are most excited about.

Additionally, online visitors have the chance to enter Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Sweepstakes, which offers the opportunity to win one bottle each of the Top 10 wines from the 2018 list.

The full Top 100 list will be featured at top100.winespectator.com and in print in the magazine’s December 31 issue, on newsstands beginning December 3.

About Wine Spectator

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