by Paolo Repetto / 11 March 2014
Krug Clos du Mesnil 1979, one of 7 Greatest Wines of All Time?
Wine critics don’t always agree. Sometimes, they disagree entirely: the clash over the 2003 Château Pavie remains the most memorable discrepancy in recent years. Robert Parker scored the St-Émilion wine a 95-100 out of 100 while Jancis Robinson MW awarded it a meager 12 out of 20.
But on the odd occasion, wine reviewers reach a unanimous verdict on the greatness of a wine. Wine-Searcher mined its database of 1.5 million scores from more than 30 critics in search of these wines and found that just seven have an aggregate of 99 or 100 points. But perfection comes at a price.
The cheapest drop of perfection is $2,789 (excluding sales tax) for the 2003 Domaine Louis Chave Ermitage Cuveé Cathelin. Parker has tasted this wine twice and awarded it 100 out of 100 both times. Parker’s most recent tasting of the wine reads: “Chave’s 2003 Hermitage Cuvée Cathelin merits a perfect score. I know several excellent tasters who think this is the single greatest wine they have ever tasted, and it is difficult to disagree. This was an extraordinary vintage at Chave, with outrageously high alcohols, but unbelievable balance.” Similarly Stephen Tanzer reviewer Josh Reynolds gave it a 99 plus in February 2007, describing it as “thick, chewy and almost ridiculously sweet, with the concentration, weight and fruit intensity of a great vintage port, yet with amazing freshness and energy.”
The most expensive of the wines in the list is the 1811 Château d’Yquem. While there are no bottles currently available for sale, Christian Vanneque, the former head sommelier at the restaurant La Tour d’Argent told Wine-Searcher that he had paid the equivalent of $120,000 for the bottle and plans to drink the bottle in 2017 with his wife and friends, pairing it with foie gras.
Among the 7 greatest ever wines there is also Krug Clos du Mesnil 1979, the first vintage produced. There are still a few bottles of this wine in the world, and one of them is in our stock!
Below the wines that made the grade:
Château d'Yquem 1811
E. Guigal Côte Rôtie La Mouline 1978
Château Lafleur 1950
Paul Jaboulet Ainé Hermitage La Chapelle 1961
Quinta do Noval Nacional Vintage Port 1963
Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1979
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvée Cathelin 2003
Founder of Vinifera, since 2005 he works in the international business of fine wines.
In 2017 he founded Italian Wine Asset, the first Italian specialised entity for consulting on buying and selling Vineyards and Wineries.