Visitors Wines of the Year 1998

Chris Kissack, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Cornas Alain Voge 1994
Best white wine – Montana Reserve Chardonnay 1996
Best budget red – L’Arco Friuli Grave Cabernet Franc Cantini di Bertiolo 1996
Best budget white – 35 Degrees Sur Sauvignon Blanc Viña san Pedro 1997
Best sweet wine – no award
Best sparkling wine – Crémant de Bourgogne Cuvée Brut La Chablisienne
Best fortified wine – Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage

John Holmes, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Beychevelle (St-Julien) 1970
Best white wine – Matua Gisborne Chardonnay 1991
Best budget red – Château Graulet (Côtes de Blaye) 1989
Best budget white – Thelema (South Africa) Sauvignon Blanc 1998
Best sweet wine – Bernkasteler (Germany, Mosel) Riesling Eiswein 1983
Best sparkling wine – Pelorus (New Zealand) 1993
Best fortified wine – Cálem Vintage Port 1977

Robert Jones, Atlanta USA – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – La Rioja Alta 904 Gran Reserva 1987
Best white wine – Trimbach (Alsace) Riesling Clos Ste. Hune 1976
Best budget red – Marietta Cellars (California) Old Vine Red lot 21
Best budget white – Basa (Spain) Rueda 1997
Best sweet wine – Weil (Rheingau) Riesling BA Kiedricher Grafenberg 1996
Best sparkling wine – Dom Pérignon 1964
Best fortified wine – Mas Amiel (France) Maury 20 ans

Paul Armstrong, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Dutruch (Moulis) Grand Poujeaux 1982
Best white wine – Couly-Dutheil (Loire) “Les Chanteaux” Chinon Blanc 1997
Best budget red – Château La Roque (Pic St-Loup) “Cupa Numismae” 1995
Best budget white – Peter Lehmann (Australia) Barossa Semillon 1997
Best sweet wine – Pellegrino (Italy) Moscato di Pantelleria 1994
Best sparkling wine – No award
Best fortified wine – Lustau Palo Cortado Almacenista Sherry

Cameron Clark, Holland – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Beringer Private Reserve 1989
Best white wine – Vavasour Reserve Chardonnay 1993
Best budget red – Château Taris 1994, Bordeaux AOC
Best budget white – Domaine Lalande 1996 (Vin de Pays d’Oc)
Best sweet wine – A.Mann (Alsace) Fürstentum Gewürztraminer 1994 SdGN
Best sparkling wine – Seppelt Sparkling Shiraz, 1991
Best fortified wine – No award
Special award – 1994 Antagnes, Switzerland (Chasselas)

Rob Adler, USA – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Haut-Brion (Graves) 1959
Best white wine – Schaefer (M-S-R) Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett 1995
Best budget red – Vega Sindoa Old Vines Grenache 1997
Best budget white – Ch. Moncontour (Vouvray) Cuvée Les Demoiselles 1989
Best sweet wine – Massandra (Ukraine) Pink Muscat 1957
Best sparkling wine – Nicolas Feuillatte, Brut Rosé Champagne N.V.
Best fortified wine – Graham’s Vintage Port 1977

Sam Goth, USA – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Anne Gros (Burgundy) Richebourg 1996
Best white wine – B. Morey (Burgundy) Puligny-Montrachet Truffières 1996
Best budget red – Cortes de Cima (Portugal) Alentejo 1997
Best budget white – Kurt Darting (Pfalz) Riesling Nonnengarten 1997
Best sweet wine – Château Coutet Barsac 1988 (thanks Tom!)
Best sparkling wine – Vilmart & Cie Coeur du Cellier Champagne N.V.
Best fortified wine – No award

Craig Thomson, New Zealand – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – 1992 Penfolds Grange
Best white wine – 1997 Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay (NZ)
Best budget red – 1996 Hardys Bankside Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia)
Best budget white – 1997 Orlando St Hilary Chardonnay (Australia)
Best sweet wine – 1991 Ngatarawa Penny Harvest (NZ)
Best sparkling wine – Cloudy Bay Pelorus (NZ)
Best fortified wine – 1996 Magleri Shiraz ‘Port’ (Australia)

Bernard Leak, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Margaux (Margaux) 1981
Best white wine – Château Laville Haut-Brion (Graves) 1987
Best budget red – Ch. Reynella (Aus) Basket-Pressed Cab-Merlot 1994
Best budget white – Réunis de Ruoms (France, Ardèche) Viognier 1997
Best sweet wine – Hieronimi (Germany) Trittenheimer Altärchen Eiswein 1989
Best sparkling wine – Cloudy Bay (NZ) Pelorus 1991
Best fortified wine – Borges (Madeira) Sercial 1940

Jim Grow, USA – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Pahlmeyer (California) Red 1994
Best white wine – Schlumberger (Alsace) Pinot Gris Grand Cru Kitterlé 1990
Best budget red – Marietta (California) Old Vine Lot 22
Best budget white – Martin Schaetzel (Alsace) Pinot Gris 1996
Best sweet wine – Peter Lehmann (Australia) Botrytis Semillon 1996
Best sparkling wine – Pierre Moncuit Brut Champagne N.V.
Best fortified wine – Baileys (Australia) Founder Dessert Tokay

Volker Jost, Germany – Top Wines of 1998
Best red – Deutzerhof (Germ) Spätburgunder Auslese trock 1996
Best white – Dönnhoff (Germany) Oberhäuser Brücke Ries Goldkapsel 1997
Best budget red – Bouchard Aîné (France) Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Best budget white – Mathern (Ger) Niederhäuser Kertz Ries Spätlese 1997
Best sweet wine – E. Müller (Germany) Scharzhofberger Riesling TBA 1997
Best sparkling wine – Jacquesson & Fils Champagne 1996 Selection
Best fortified wine – No award

Bernulf Bruckner, Austria – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Mouton-Rothschild (Pauillac) 1986
Best white wine – Pichler (Austria) Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg Smaragd 1997
Best budget red – Barone Cornacchia (Italy) Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 1994
Best budget white – Erwin Retzl (Austria) Grüner Veltliner Rosengartl 1997
Best sweet wine – Alois Kracher (Austria) Trockenbeerenauslese No. 15 1995
Best sparkling wine – Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne 1990
Best fortified wine – Taylor’s Vintage Port 1977

Odd Rydland, Norway – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – E. Guigal (Rhône) Côte Rôtie La Landonne 1978
Best white wine – Domaine Ramonet (Burgundy) Montrachet 1979
Best budget red – Quinta dos Roques (Portugal) 1995
Best budget white – Dr Loosen (Germ) Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett 1995
Best sweet wine – No award
Best sparkling wine – Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne 1985
Best fortified wine – Niepoort Vintage Port 1945

Bill Hogg, Canada – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Gruaud-Larose (St-Julien) 1966
Best white wine – Zind-Humbrecht (Alsace) Gewürztraminer Turckheim 1994
Best budget red – A. Rodet (Burgundy) Bourgogne 1996
Best budget white – No award
Best sweet wine – Château d’Yquem 1989
Best sparkling wine – Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne NV
Best fortified wine – Smith Woodhouse LBV Traditional Port 1984

Manuel Camblor, Puerto Rico – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Latour (Pauillac) 1961
Best white wine – Landmark (Sonoma) Chardonnay “Overlook” 1995
Best budget red – Abadia Retuerta (Spain) Tinto “Rivola” 1996
Best budget white – Viña San Pedro (Chile) Chardonnay “35 Sur” 1997
Alternative – Hogue Cellars (Washington) Dry Johannisberg Riesling 1996
Best sweet wine – No award
Best sparkling wine – Krug Vintage Champagne 1989
Best fortified wine – Hardy’s (Australia) “Whiskers Blake” Tawny Port

Roger Verboncoeur, USA – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château La Conseillante (Pomerol) 1989
Best white wine – E. Guigal “La Doriane” (Condrieu) 1995
Best budget red – Château Hortevie (St. Julien) 1989
Best budget white – Brocard 1er Cru Montmains (Chablis) 1996
Best sweet wine – Baumard (Loire) Quartes de Chaume 1995
Best sparkling wine – Salon Le Mesnil Champagne 1983
Budget sparkling wine – Roederer Estate NV
Best fortified wine – No award

David Matzdorf, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Lagrange (St-Julien) 1989
Best white wine – Marqués de Murrieta Rioja Blanco 1989
Best budget red – Palacio de la Vega (Spain) Cabernet-Tempranillo 1995
Best budget white – Houghton Western Australia Verdelho Gold Reserve 1994
Best sweet wine – Willi Opitz (Austria) Opitz One (vintage unknown)
Best fortified wine – Graham’s Vintage Port 1977

Dave Kay, Canada – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château La Lagune (Haut-Medoc) 1989
Best white wine – Dopff and Irion (Alsace) Gewürztraminer Les Sorcières 1994
Best budget red – Casa Lapostolle (Chile) Merlot Cuvee Alexander 1995
Best budget white – Lindemanns (Australia) Padthaway Chardonnay 1996
Best sweet wine – Inniskillen (Canada) Vidal Ice Wine 1996
Best sparkling wine – Mumm “Le Grand Cordon” 1985
Best fortified wine – Fonseca Vintage Port 1985

Cor Balfoort, Netherlands – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Lafite-Rothschild (Pauillac) 1988
Best white wine – Lafon (Burgundy) Meursault Charmes 1992
Best budget red – Undurraga (Chile) Pinot Noir 1997
Best budget white – Pierre-Paul Zink (Alsace) Tokay Pinot Gris 1996
Best sweet wine – Deiss (Alsace) Riesling Altenberg de Bergheim SdGN 1989
Best sparkling wine – No award
Best fortified wine – Graham’s Vintage Port 1963

David Bewres, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Pichon-Baron (Pauillac) 1982
Best white wine – Dopff au Moulin (Alsace) Riesling Schoenenbourg 1993
Best budget red – Copertino (Italy) Riserva 1994
Best budget white – Peter Lehmann (Australia) Barossa Semillon 1992
Best sweet wine – Château d’Yquem (Sauternes) 1980
Best sparkling wine – Taittinger Brut Reserve (non-vintage)
Best fortified wine – No award

Tim Philpotts, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Chapoutier (Rhône) Côte Rôtie 1992
Best white wine – Marqués de Murrieta (Spain) Rioja Blanco 1992
Best budget red – Wolf Blass (Australia) Yellow Label Cab Sauvignon 1996
Best budget white – Mitchelton (Australia) Marsanne 1996
Best sweet wine – Château Guirard (Sauternes) 1990
Best sparkling wine – Laurent-Perrier Rosé Champagne (non-vintage)
Best fortified wine – Dows LBV Port 1990
I compliment Tim on a beautifully chosen, yet down to earth list. A nice catholic selection of New World and Old too.
Herbert Platzgummer, Austria – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – C. Giroud Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers 1969
Best white wine – Bründlmayer (Austria) Riesling Zöbinger Heiligenstein 1997
Best budget red – Tre Monti (Italy) Sangiovese di Romagna Riserva 1995
Best budget white – Buchegger (Austria) Grüner Veltliner Holzgasse 1997
Best sweet wine – Johann Stadlmann (Austria) Zierfandler Ausbruch 1990
Best sparkling wine – no award
Best fortified wine – no award

Michael Lyons, France – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Vieux-Château-Certan (Pomerol) 1986
Best white wine – Château de Beaucastel (Rhône) Vieilles Vignes 1989
Best budget red – Domaine du Nouveau Monde (Coteaux du Languedoc) 1995
Best budget white – André Kientzler (Alsace) Auxerrois “K” 1996
Best sweet wine – Bernhardt-Reibel (Alsace) Tokay-Pinot Gris SGN 1989
Best sparkling wine – Billecart-Salmon Non-Vintage Brut
Best fortified wine – Dr Parcé (Banyuls) Mise Tardive 1989

Ivar Bjurner, Denmark – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Cheval Blanc (St-Emilion) 1949
Best white wine – Domaine Leflaive (Burgundy) Montrachet Grand Cru 1986
Best budget red – Casa Lapostolle (Chile) Cabernet Sauvignon
Best budget white – Lindemans (Australia) Chardonnay
Best sweet wine – Château d’Yquem (Sauternes) 1955
Best sparkling wine – Dom Pérignon (Champagne) 1971
Best fortified wine – Madeira Verdelho

Kris Sheglova, UK – Top Wines of 1998
Best red wine – Château Pichon-Lalande (Pauillac) 1929
Best white wine – ???? (Burgundy) Meursault Perrières 1984
Best budget red – Château Yon-Figeac (St-Emilion) 1994
Best budget white – No award
Best sweet wine – No award
Best sparkling wine – Pol Roger (Champagne) Non Vintage
Best fortified wine – Taylors Vintage Port 1977


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