Discover Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines

Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines

Wine Spectator Magazine has published its list of 'Top 100 Wines' every year since 1988. Its influence is substantial; the 2014 'Wine of the Year' (Dow's Vintage Port) doubled its market value in the month following the publication.

2019 Top 100 Wines

Two-thirds of the 2019 list (below) is taken up by wines from France, Italy and California. Spain, Australia and Oregon also have a strong presence.

Nearly 40 percent of the wines come from the 2016 vintage. That year was excellent in many parts of both Europe and the US. Slightly fewer wines are from either 2017 or 2018. Around a dozen are later releases from 2015.

For the second year running, a widely known European wine filled the top spot, with the 2016 Chateau Léoville-Barton taking over from Sassicaia 2015. Californian wines had won the top two spots from 2015 to 2017.

The Saint-Julien did not achieve a 100-point rating in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, as the Tuscan wine had done, scoring “only” 95 from Lisa Perrotti-Brown. However, it gained a 97 from James Suckling as well as Wine Spectator, a raft of 96s from other major critics Including Antonio Galloni of Vinous, and 18/20 from Jancis Robinson.

Typically gaining the #1 position produces a healthy jump in pricing in the following months. At the time of the publication of the 2019 list, the global average price for the 2019 Top 100 champ was $108, ex-tax. Click on the link for Léoville-Barton in the list below to see how this win has affected the price.

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See also our list of Robert Parker 100-point wines.

Last updated: December 2019

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