The Wine Merchant Top 100 2017

We’re delighted to confirm this year’s Wine Merchant Top 100. We had a record entry this year of just under 700 wines which meant it was tougher than ever to be a winner. Congratulations to all the producers and suppliers who made the cut.

All of the wines are available to taste this week at our stand (V76) at the London Wine Fair. Competition director David Williams and Wine Merchant editor Graham Holter will be happy to discuss how the competition works and what the judges – a panel of 18 independent wine merchants – were looking for in the winning wines.

Look out for our winners supplement, which will feature profiles of all the winning wines and a run-down of our Highly Commended wines too.

Meanwhile, all this year’s Top 100 appear below:

SPARKLING WINES

 

France

Best Sparkling Trophy: Taittinger Prelude Grands Crus, Champagne NV (£52.55, Hatch Mansfield)

Best Value Sparkling Trophy: Les Domaines Paul Mas, Cote Mas Frisante, 2015 (£8.99, Les Domaines Paul Mas)

Champagne Janisson Grand Cru, NV (£47.50, New Generation McKinley)

 

Spain

Mont Marcel, Cava ‘Extremarium’ Brut Reserva NV (£16.99, Richmond Wine Agencies)

 

New Zealand

Nautilus Estate, Cuvée Marlborough, NV (£24.99, Negociants)

Akarua Rosé Brut, NV (£22.99, Liberty Wines)

 

Italy

Bellavista Franciacorta, Brut Vintage, 2011 (£39.99, Liberty Wines)

 

WHITE WINES

 

Australia

Dalrymple Cave Block Chardonnay, 2014 (£22.99, Negociants)

Innocent Bystander, Moscato, 2016 (£9.99, Liberty Wines)

The Virgilius Viognier, 2015 (£33.99, Negociants)

Flametree Wines Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2016 (£16.99, The Vindependents)

The Money Spider Roussanne, 2016 (£13.95, Enotria & Coe)

 

Chile

Viña Leyda La Neblina Riesling, 2012 (£13.50, Enotria & Coe)

 

Croatia

Veralda Malvazija Prestige, 2015 (£13.99, Walker & Wodehouse Wines)

 

France

Domaine Saint Roch Chardonnay, 2015 (£10.30, Les Grands Chais de France)

Domaine des Perserons, Le Quartier des Girouettes, 2015 (£14.78, Boutinot)

Domaine Alex Cady, Cheninsolite, 2015 (£18.00, Bancroft Wines)

Domaine Gondard-Perrin Viré-Clessé Cuvée Tradition, 2014 (£16.99, The Vindependents)

Metz M Leon Riesling, 2015 (£11.00, Les Grands Chais de France)

Domaine Du Cleray Chardonnay, 2016 (£8.70, Les Grands Chais de France)

Jean-Luc Colombo Collines de Laure Blanc, 2016 (£13.85, Hatch Mansfield)

Metz M Leon Gewurtztraminer, 2015 (£12.94, Les Grands Chais de France)

Metz M Leon Pinot Blanc, 2015 (£10.45, Les Grands Chais de France)

 

Greece

Best White Trophy: Ktima Gerovassiliou Malagousia, 2016 (£16.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Idaia Winery, Ocean Thrapshathiri, 2015 (£13.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Wild Ferment Assyrtiko, 2016 (£24.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

 

Italy

Ancilla Lugana DOC, 2015 (£22.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Grillo Cavallo delle Fate, 2015 (£18.99, Berkmann Wine Cellars)

Gavi del Comune di Gavi ‘Nuovo Quadro’, 2016 (£12.56, Boutinot)

 

New Zealand

Kevern Walker, Pinot Gris, 2009 (£19.00, City Wine Collection)

 

Slovenia

Puklavec Family Wines  Estate Selection Sauvignon Blanc / Furmint 2016 (£11.49, Walker & Wodehouse Wines)

 

South Africa

Best Value White Trophy: MAN Family Vineyards, Free-Run Steen Chenin Blanc, 2016 (£6.59, Enotria & Coe)

Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay, 2015 (£16.55, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies)

 

Spain

Finca Os Cobatos Godello Blanco, 2016 (£11.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Castelo do Mar Albariño, 2016 (£11.30, Enotria & Coe)

Alemany I Corrió, Cargol Treu VI, 2015 (£19.01, Alliance Wine)

Valenciso Rioja Blanco, 2015 (£18.01, Boutinot)

 

USA

Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay, 2013 (£49.49, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies)

 

ROSÉ WINES

 

France

Sélection Angelvin, 2016 (£12.50, Hattersley Wines)

 

RED WINES

 

Argentina

Best Red Trophy: Bodega Sottano, Judas, 2013 (£49.99, The Vindependents)

Lote A-110 Single Vineyard Malbec, 2010 (£39.99, Berkmann Wine Cellars)

Angulo Innocenti Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 (£18.00, Las Bodegas)

Piattelli Vineyards, Trinita, 2011 (£22.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Bodega Piedra Negra Malbec Reserve, 2015 (£15.25, François Lurton)

 

Australia

Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz, 2015 (£22.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Ministry of Clouds Grenache, 2014, McLaren Vale (£25.00, The Knotted Vine)

Berton Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2014 (£13.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Paringa Estate Pinot Noir, 2010 (£55.00, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Vinteloper SH/14 Adelaide Hills Shiraz, 2014 (£35.00, Red Squirrel)

Thistledown One Chain Vineyards, The Unforgettable Grenache Shiraz Mataro, 2016 (£10.99, Alliance Wine)

Willunga 100, The Hundred ‘Blewitt Springs’ McLaren Vale Grenache, 2015 (£18.99, Liberty Wines)

 

Chile

Miguel Torres Reserva de Pueblo País, 2014 (£9.99, Fells)

 

France

Boutinot ‘La Côte Sauvage’, Cairanne Côtes du Rhône Villages, 2014 (£14.78, Boutinot)

Domaine Condorcet Chateauneuf du Pape, 2015 (£20.40, Les Grands Chais de France)

Domaine Maréchal, Bourgogne Cuvée Gravel, 2015 (£23.99, The Vindependents)

Domaine du Château de Grand Pré, Fleurie Cuvée Spaciale, 2015 (£21.99, The Vindependents)

Les Grands Chais de France, Cht Sergant, 2014 (£16.59, Les Grands Chais de France)

Les Grands Chais de France, Cht La Patache, 2014 (£28.60, Les Grands Chais de France)

Domaine Mas Belles Eaux Petit Verdot, 2016 (£9.66, Les Grands Chais de France)

Les Domaines Paul Mas, Arrogant Frog Cabernet Merlot, 2016 (£7.99, Les Domaines Paul Mas)

Château Beau Site Haut Vignobles St. Estephe, 2009 (£20.97, Department 33 Wines)

Les Domaines Paul Mas, Chateau des Cres Ricards Stecia, 2015 (£12.99, Les Domaines Paul Mas)

François Lurton, Le Mas – Vin Nature – Sulphur Free, 2015 (£11.99, François Lurton)

Les Domaines Paul Mas, Claude Val Rouge, 2016, (£8.00 Les Domaines Paul Mas)

 

Italy

Negroamaro Salento IGP ‘Vindoro’, 2012 (£22.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Carpineto, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva, 2012 (£21.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Fattoria di Gratena, Siro Fifty, 2010 (£22.66, Sanamba)

Poderi Parpinello, IGT Cagnulari, 2014 (£17.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Tasca, Perricone Guarnaccio, 2014 (£18.99, Berkmann Wine Cellars)

Frescobaldi, Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni, 2014 (£20.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Vigne e Vini, Primitivo Puglia IGT Organic, 2015 (£6.00, Enotria & Coe)

 

Lebanon

Château Ksara Reserve du Couvent, 2014 (£12.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

 

New Zealand

Mohua Pinot Noir, 2014 (£16.95, Enotria & Coe)

Kevern Walker, Brooke, 2009 (£19.00, City Wine Collection)

Saint Clair, Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir, 2014 (£26.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Saint Clair, Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir, 2014 (£19.99, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

 

Portugal

Azores Wine Company Vulcânico Tinto 2015, (£25.00, Red Squirrel)

Adega de Penalva, Dao Indigena Blend, 2012 (£10.00, Portuguese Story)

Tons de Duorum, 2014 (£11.90, Vinumterra)

Touriga Nacional Reserva, 2015 (£12.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

 

South Africa

Babylon’s Peak SMG, 2010, (£14.50, Berkmann Wine Cellars)

Bush Vines Syrah, 2014 (£13.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

TOKARA Reserve Collection Syrah, 2013 (£21.49, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies)

Doran Vineyards, 2014 Incipio (£17.99, Doran Family Vintners)

 

Spain

Best Value Red Trophy: Familia Castaño ‘Hécula’ Monastrell DO Yecla, 2015 (£9.99, Liberty Wines)

Leza García Tinto Familia Crianza, 2013, (£11.95, Hattersley Wines)

Mineral del Montsant, 2014 (£14.63, Boutinot)

Celler de Capçanes, Mas Collet, 2015 (£11.96, Alliance Wine)

Bodegas Maurodos Prima, 2014, (£15.00, City Wine Collection)

 

USA

Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel, 2014 (£14.50, Enotria & Coe)

Scheid Family Wines, District 7 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014 (£15.95, Alliance Wine)

 

 

FORTIFIED & DESSERT WINES

 

Best Fortified & Dessert Trophy: Fernando de Castilla Antique Palo Cortado (50cl), NV (£35.55, Boutinot)

Best Value Fortified & Dessert Trophy: Equipo Navazos I Think Manzanilla En Rama (£9.95, Alliance Wine)

Stanton and Killeen Classic Rutherglen Muscat, NV (£21.75, Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies)

Bodegas Hidalgo-La Gitana ‘En Rama’ Manzanilla (£16.50, Mentzendorff)

Kopke Col 1999 Port 0,75L (£40, Hayward Bros Wines)

Barros 10 Year Old Tawny, NV (£23.49, Hallgarten Druitt & Novum Wines)

Kopke 20 Year Old Tawny, NV (£40, Hayward Bros Wines)

Fonseca Crusted Port, NV (£18, Mentzendorff)

Fonseca, Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage, 2011 (£16.50, Mentzendorff)

 

The Wine Merchant Top 100 2017 Judges

Philip Amps, Amps Fine Wines, Oundle

Ted Sandbach, The Oxford Wine Company

Hal Wilson, Cambridge Wine Merchants

Jane Salt, Hay Wines, Ledbury

Mark Banham, Morrish & Banham, Dorchester

Kiki Evans, Unwined in Tooting

Jane Taylor, Dronfield Wine World, Derbyshire

John Roberts, Mumbles Fine Wines

Samantha Jackson, Chester Beer & Wine

Phoebe Weller, Valhalla’s Goat, Glasgow

Jefferson Boss, Starmore Boss, Sheffield

Rod Graham, The Good Spirits Co, Glasgow

Matt Tipping, Jeroboams

Colin Thorne, Vagabond

James Kelly, Vino13, Renfrewshire

Zoran Ristanovic, City Wine Collection, London

Tom Innes, Fingal-Rock, Monmouth

Rosamund Hall, Burgess & Hall, London

 

 

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