Visitors Wines of the Year 1999

See also Tom’s wines of the year


Todd, USA – Top Wines of 1999 (added 24/05)
Red – J. Lohr (California) Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon – 1995
White – Southbrook Winery (Ontario) Triomphe Chardonnay – 1997
Budget red – San Felice (Tuscany) Il Grigio Chianti Classico – 1995
Budget white – Chateau Saint Florin (France) Bordeaux Blanc – 1998
Sweet – Primo Palatum (France) Sauternes 1999
Sparkling – Champagne Bollinger R.D. – 1979
Fortified – Quinta de la Rosa L.B.V. Port

Andrew Hanna, Canada – Top Wines of 1999 (added 19/05)
Red – Marqués de Murrieta (Rioja) Castillo Ygay – 1970
White – Schloss Schönborn (Ger) Marcobrunner Riesling Auslese – 1997
Budget red – J.Lohr (California) Cypress Cabernet Sauvignon – 1998
Budget white – Buckeley’s (South Australia) Chardonnay-Semillon – 1998
Sweet – Bürklin-Wolf (Germany) Wachenheimer Bohlig Riesling Auslese – 1989
Sparkling – Champagne Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut – 1995
Fortified – Emilio Lustau Oloroso Sherry Borrego Almacenista

Radu Darie, France – Top Wines of 1999 (added 23/02)
Red – Château L’Evangile (Bordeaux) – 1995
White – Coche-Dury (Burgundy) Meursault Les Perrières – 1992
Budget red – Château du Mage (France) VdP des Côtes de Gascogne – 1998
Budget white – Dom de Tariquet (France) Côtes de Gascogne – 1998
Sweet – Château Guiraud (Sauternes) – 1990
Sparkling – Raymond Boulard Vintage Champagne – 1995
Fortified – Taylor Vintage Port – 1970

Jeremy Hunt, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 09/02)
Red – Château Talbot (St Julien) – 1983
Red – Castello di Fonterutoli (Tuscany) Siepe – 1997
White – No award
Budget red – Hollick (Australia) Pinot Noir – 1997
Budget white – No award
Sweet – Château Doisy-Dubroca (Barsac) – 1986
Sparkling – Bollinger Champagne Grande Année – 1990
Fortified – Graham Vintage Port – 1960

Andy Lee, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 09/02)
Red – Penfolds (Australia) Grange – 1989
White – No award
Budget white – Concha y Toro (Chile) Gewurztraminer – 1996/97
Budget red – Fairview (South Africa) Pinotage – 1997/98
Sweet – Château de Chartreuse (Bordeaux) – 1983
Sparkling – Pol Roger Champagne – 1989
Fortified – Warre Vintage Port – 1970

Bob Harkness, Canada – Top Wines of 1999 (added 03/02)
Red – Cignale (Italy) IGT – 1994
White – Foley Estates (California) Santa Barbara Barrel Select Chardonnay
Budget red – A.Mano (Italy) Primitivo IGT – 1998
Budget white – Château Julien (California) Monterey Chardonnay – 1998
Sweet – Gehringer Brothers (Canada) Riesling Ice Wine – 1997
Sparkling – Bellavista (Italy) Cuvée Brut NV
Fortified – No award

Robert Jones, USA – Top Wines of 1999 (added 02/02)
Red – Harlan Estate (California, Napa) Cabernet Sauvignon – 1992
White – Trimbach (Alsace) Riesling Clos Ste Hune -1985
Budget red – Château Mas Neuf (France) Costières de Nîmes – 1998
Budget white – Basa (Spain, Rueda) Sauvignon Blanc/Viura – 1998
Sweet – Mas Amiel (France, Roussillon) Maury – 1954
Sparkling – Alfred Gratien Champagne Brut – 1964, recently disgorged
Fortified – 1900 Burmester Rio Torto, Tawny Port, bottled 1977

Bart van Wijngaarden, Holland – Top Wines of 1999 (added 27/01)
Red – Domaine du Mas Blanc (Languedoc) Collioure Clos du Moulin – 1997
White – Chartron & Trebuchet (Burg.) Puligny-Montrachet Cailleret – 1995
Budget red – Château de Lancyre Pic St. Loup Vieilles Vignes – 1997
Budget white – Canepa (Chile) Cachapoal Sauvignon Blanc (recent vintages)
Sweet – Alois Kiefer (Rheinpfalz) St. Martiner Riesling Eiswein – 1992
Budget Sweet – Vinexport Bucharest (Romania) Grasa di Cotnari – 1995
Sparkling – Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut NV
Fortified – Vidal-Fleury (Rhône) Muscat Beaumes-de-Venise Reserve – 1996

Ian Mackie, Australia – Top Wines of 1999 (added 26/01)
Red – Domaine Dujac (Burgundy) Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru – 1988
Red – Château Montrose (Bordeaux) – 1970
White – Michel Niellon (Burgundy) Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru – 1983
Budget red – Seppelt (Australia) Terraine Series Cabernet Sauvignon – 1997
Budget white – Wolf Blass (Australia) Eaglehawk Chardonnay 1998
Sweet – Château d’Yquem (France) Sauternes – 1970
Sparkling – Champagne Bollinger – 1979
Fortified – Fonseca Vintage Port – 1970

Nick Adkin, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 21/01)
Red – Torbreck (Barossa Valley, Australia) RunRig Shiraz – 1995
White – No award
Budget red – Dom Ferraz (Portugal) Dão – 1997 (£5.00)
Budget white – 35 Sur (Chile) Sauvignon Blanc – 1999 (£4.50)
Sweet – De Bortoli (Australia) Noble One – 1994
Sparkling – Cloudy Bay (NZ) Pelorus 1991
Fortified – Hidalgo (Spain) Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada Sherry

Luis Antunes, Portugal – Top Wines of 1999 (added 18/01)
Red – Tenuta San Guido (Italia, Toscana) Sassicaia – 1988
White – Vinha Antiga (Portugal, Vinhos Verdes) Alvarinho – 1997
Budget red – Casa Cadaval (Portugal, Ribatejo) Trincadeira Preta – 1994
Budget white – No award
Sweet – J.P. Vinhos (Portugal, Setúbal) Moscatel – 1989
Sparkling – Vertice (Portugal, Douro) Super Reserva – 1994
Fortified – Niepoort Vintage Porto – 1997
Fortified – Churchill’s Quinta da Água Alta – 1987

Giovanni Galfano, Italy – Top Wines of 1999 (added 18/01)
Red – Nino Negri (Italy, Lombardia) Valtellina Sfursàt 5 Stelle – 1997
White – Tenuta Villanova (Italy, Friuli) Chardonnay Monte Cucco – 1997
Budget red – Felline (Italy, Apulia) Primitivo di Manduria – 1997 (£5.50 approx)
Budget white – Feudi di San Gregorio (Italy, Campania) Falanghina – 1998 (£4)
Sweet – Ronchi di Manzano (Italy, Friuli) Verduzzo Friulano – 1996
Sparkling – Bellavista (Italy, Lombardia) Franciacorta Gran Cuvée Satèn – 1990
Fortified – Bodegas Toro y Albalà (Spain) Pedro Ximenez Gran Reserva – 1972

Jamie Goode, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 13/01)
Red – Niepoort (Douro, Portugal) Redoma – 1994
White – Cloudy Bay (Marlborough, NZ) Sauvignon Blanc – 1999
Budget red – Château de Lancyre (France) Pic St Loup Vieilles Vignes
Budget white – Lindemans (Australia) Bin 65 – 1999
Sweet – Bonny Doon (California) Vin de Glacière
Sparkling – Green Point (Yarra, Australia) Sparkling Wine – 1996,
Fortified – Quinta do Crasto LBV Port – 1992

Bernard Leak, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 11/01)
Red – Château de Beaucastel (Rhône) Châteauneuf-du-Pape – 1990
White – Huet (Loire) Vouvray “Le Mont” Démi-Sec – 1964
Budget red – d’Arenberg (Australia) “The Footbolt” Old Vines Shiraz – 1997
Budget white – Château de la Genaiserie (Loire) Coteaux du Layon 1997
Sweet – No award
Sparkling – Salon le Mesnil Champagne Blanc de Blancs – 1982
Fortified – Warre’s Vintage Port – 1977
Rosé – Château Milhau-Lacugue (Languedoc) Saint-Chinian – 1997

Marcus titley, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 11/01)
Red – Château Haut-Brion (Bordeaux) – 1959
White – Cotat (Loire) Sancerre Chavignol – 1986
Budget red – Willandra (Australia) Shiraz Murray River Valley (£5.99) – 1998
Budget white – No award
Sweet – Château Climens (Sauternes) – 1975
Sparkling – Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Champagne – 1990
Fortified – Niepoort in magnums – 1987

Nick Alabaster, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 11/01)
Red – Château Lafite (Bordeaux) – 1996
White – Château Beaucastel (Rhône) Rousanne Vielles Vignes – 1990
Budget red – Finca el Retiro (Argentina) Tempranillo (£5.99 Waitrose) – 1998
Budget white – Madfish Bay (Australia) Semillon/Sauvignon – 1997
Sweet – Fischer (Austria) Eiswein 1992
Sparkling – Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill Champagne – 1982
Fortified – Sandalford Sandelara (Australian Pedro Ximenez)

Paul Armstrong, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 10/01)
Red – Château Léoville-Barton (Bordeaux) – 1985
White – Champion (Loire) Vouvray la Coulée d’Or – 1995
Budget red – Domaine de Fondrèche (France) Côtes du Ventoux – 1998
Budget white – Peter Lehmann (Australia) Barossa Semillon – 1997
Sweet – Domaine Cady (Loire) Coteaux du Layon St Aubin “Harmonie” – 1997
Sparkling – Champagne Billecart-Salmon – 1990
Fortified – Miles Vintage Madeira Bual – 1968

Brian Whitlock, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 10/01)
Red – Fonterutoli (Italy) Chianti Classico Riserva – 1996
Red – La Castellina (Italy) Reale (Barrique) – 1995
White – No award
Budget red – Prieuer Beaulieu (France) St Joseph – 1995
Budget white – B&B Widmer (Italy) Brancaia Bianco della Toscana – 1996
Sweet – Horton Estate (England) Tower Selection Med. Sweet 8.5%
Sparkling – Horton Estate English Sparkling Wine Vintage Brut – 1994

Chris Kissack, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 09/01)
Red – Tatachilla (Australia) Foundation Shiraz – 1996
White – No award
Budget red – Maglieri (Australia) McLaren Vale Shiraz – 1996
Budget white – D’Arenberg (Australia) Olive Grove Chardonnay – 1997
Sweet – No award
Sparkling – Charles Heidsieck Champagne mis en caves 1993 NV
Fortified – Grahams Malvedos Port 1984

Stephen Farris, Canada – Top Wines of 1999 (added 09/01)
Red – Pierre Labet (Burgundy) Clos des Monsnieres Beaune – 1993
White – Heyl zu Herrnsheim (Germany) Niersteiner Oelberg Spätlese – 1993
Budget red – Norman (South Australia) Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 106 – 1996
Budget white – Hilltop Neszmély (Hungary) Cserszegi Füszeres – 1998
Sweet – Yalumba (Australia) Muscat Victoria Museum Release NV
Sparkling – No award
Fortified – Hardy’s (Australia) Whisker’s Blake Tawny “Port” NV

Herbert Platzgummer, Austria – Top Wines of 1999 (added 07/01)
Red – Vosne Romanée Les Suchot (Burgundy) Producer unknown – 1959
White – Willi Bründlmayer (Austria) Riesling Heiligenstein – 1997
Budget red – Cantina Bigi (Italy, Umbria) Sangiovese – 1998
Budget white – Peter Zemmer (Italy, Südtirol) Chardonnay – 1997
Sweet – Isole e Olena (Italy, Tuscany) Vin Santo – 1990

Peter May, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 07/01)
Red – Ridge (California) Coastal Range Zinfandel – 1977
Red – Sutter Ridge (California) Amador County Pinotage – 1996
White – Three Choirs (England) Phoenix
Budget red – Henry of Pelham (Canada) Baco Noir – 1998
Budget white – The Wine Society New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
Sweet – No award
Sparkling – Chiltern Valley (England) Brut Méthode Champenoise

Andrew, Australia – Top Wines of 1999 (added 06/01)
Red – Paringa Estate (Australia) Pinot Noir – 1997
White – Pipers Brook (Australia) Riesling – 1998
Budget red – Villa Puccini (Italy) Tuscan Red – 1995
Budget white – Wynns Coonawarra (Australia) Riesling – 1997
Sweet – Lowe Family (Australia) Botrytis Semillon – 1999
Sparkling – Rockford (Australia) Sparkling Shiraz NV
Fortified – Stanton & Killeen (Australia) Vintage “Port” – 1993

Manuel Camblor, Puerto Rico/USA – Top Wines of 1999 (added 06/01)
Red – J-L Chave (Rhône) Hermitage – 1983
White – R. López de Heredia “Viña Tondonia” (Rioja) Blanco Reserva – 1985
Budget red – Viña San Pedro “Castillo de Molina” (Chile) Cab Sauv – 1996
Budget white – Giesen (Marlborough, New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc – 1998
Sweet – Karthäuserhof (MSR) Eitelsbacher Karthäuserhofberger Auslese – 1997
Sparkling – Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Rosé – 1985
Fortified – Emilio Lustau “Almacenista Pilar Aranda” Oloroso Sherry Solera 1918

Dave Kay, Canada – Top Wines of 1999 (added 31/12)
Red – Château Léoville-Barton (Bordeaux) – 1989
White – Chartron et Trebuchet (Burgundy) Puligny-Montrachet – 1996
Budget red – Château de Parenchère (Bordeaux Supérieur) – 1995
Budget white – Jean Geiler (Alsace) Riesling – 1997
Sweet – Jackson-Triggs (Canada, Niagara) Riesling Ice Wine – 1997
Sparkling – Bollinger Grande Année Brut Champagne – 1990
Fortified – Croft Vintage Port – 1985

Bill Hogg, Canada – Top Wines of 1999 (added 31/12)
Red – Beaulieu Vineyards (California) Georges Latour PR – 1982
White – Egon Müller (Germany, MSR) Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett – 1992
Budget red – J. Lohr (California) Paso Robles Syrah – 1997
Budget white – No award
Sweet – Château Rieussec (Sauternes) – 1989
Sparkling – Bollinger Grande Année Champagne – 1990
Fortified – Dow Vintage Port – 1977

David Bewers, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 29/12)
Red – Château Latour (Bordeaux) – 1961
White – Château Couhins-Lurton (Bordeaux) – 1993
Budget red – Tinto da Anfora (Portugal) – 1994
Budget white – L’Enclos Domèque (France) Marsanne-Roussanne – 1998
Sweet – Château Bastor-Lamontagne (Sauternes) 1990
Sparkling – Alfred Gratien Brut Champagne – 1985
Fortified – Taylors Vintage Port 1970

Michael Lyons, France – Top Wines of 1999 (added 29/12)
Red – Alain Brumont (France) Madiran Montus Prestige – 1989
White – Andre Kientzler (Alsace) Riesling GC Geisberg – 1994
Budget red – Pierre & Catherine Breton (France) Bourgueil les Galichots – 1997
Budget white – Verget (France) Bourgogne Blanc – 1996
Sweet – Robert Plageoles (France) Gaillac Doux “Vin d’Antan”
Sparkling – Raymond Boulard Champagne “La Comète” – 1986
Fortified – No award

David More, Australia – Top Wines of 1999 (added 24/12)
Red – Fox Creek (South Australia) McLaren Vale Reserve Shiraz – 1997
White – Dr Loosen (Ger) Wehlener Sonnenuhr Reisling Kabinett – 1997
Budget red – Rosemount (Aus) Orange Vinyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 1996
Budget white – No award
Sweet – de Bortoli (Australia) ‘Noble One’ Botrytis Semillon – 1995
Sparkling – Domaine Chandon (South Eastern Australia) Vintage Brut – 1996
Fortified – Seppelt (Australia) Para Liqueur “Port” Bottling 118 – N.V.

Mark G. Olsen, USA – Top Wines of 1999 (added 24/12)
Red – Silver Oak (California) Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley – 1994
White – No award
Budget red – Edgewood (California) Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994
Budget white – Ferrari-Carano (California) Fumé Blanc Sonoma County 1997
Sweet – No award
Sparkling – Veuve Clicquot (France) Gold Label Champagne NV

Chris Smith, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 23/12)
Red – Jim Barry (Australia) The Armagh 1993
White – von Kesselstatt (Germany) Piesporter Domherr Riesling Auslese 1993
Budget red – Talus (California) Zinfandel 1995
Budget white – Dom de Lacquy (France) Vin de Pays des Terroirs Landais 1998
Sweet – Château Tirecul La Gravière (France) Monbazillac 1996
Sparkling – Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut Champagne NV
Fortified – Grahams Quinta do Malvedos Centenary Port 1990

Jörgen Lindström, Sweden – Top Wines of 1999 (added 23/12)
Red – Château Haut-Brion (France, Bordeaux) 1998 (Cask Sample)
White – Beringer (California) Chardonnay Private Reserve 1996
Budget red – Rosemount (Australia) Shiraz Diamond Label 1996
Budget white – Cloudy Bay (NZ) Sauvignon Blanc 1996
Sweet – Château Rieussec (France, Sauternes) 1983
Sparkling – Salon Champagne le Mesnil 1983
Fortified – González Byass Sherry Oloroso Vintage 1969

Neil Jenkins, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 22/12)
Red – Condado de Haza (Spain) Ribera del Duero 1996
White – Belondrade y Lurton (Spain) Rueda 1997
Budget red – Cantina di Foglianise (Italy) Rosso del Colle Beneventano 1997
Budget white – Banrock Station (Australia) Chardonnay-Colombard 1998
Sweet – Robert Weil (Germany, Rheingau) Gräfenburg Riesling Auslese 1997
Sparkling – no award
Fortified – González Byass (Spain) Noé Pedro Ximénez Sherry N.V.

Cor Balfoort, Holland – Top Wines of 1999 (added 22/12)
Red – De Vogüé (Burgundy) Le Musigny Grand Cru 1966
White – Lafon (Burgundy) Le Montrachet Grand Cru (cask sample) 1998
Budget red – Dom. Pujol (France) Cuvée Edouard Pujol Shiraz Minervois 1997
Budget white – Kientzler (Alsace) Pinot d’Alsace 1997
Sweet – Dr Loosen (M-S-R) ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Goldkapsel 1990
Sparkling – Taitinger Comtes de Champagne 1990
Fortified – Grahams Vintage Port 1985

Daron Finchman, UK – Top Wines of 1999 (added 21/12)
Red – Meerlust (South Africa) “Rubicon” 1989
White – Willamette Valley Vineyards (USA) “Oregon Chardonnay” 1994
Budget red – Romanian Cellars (Romania) “Classic Reserve Pinot Noir” 1995
Budget white – Jacobus (Germany) Wiltinger Holle Riesling Kabinett 1990
Sweet – Château Loupiac Gaudiet (France) Loupiac 1995
Sparkling – Seppelt (Australia) “Pinot Chardonnay” 1990
Fortified – Argüeso (Spain) Pedro Ximénez “Cream of Cream Sherries”

Sam Goth, California, USA – Top Wines of 1999 (added 20/12)
Red – Château Latour (France) Pauillac 1964
White – JJ Prüm (Germany) Wehlener Sonnenhur TbA 1949
Budget red – Château Pallières (France) Gigondas 1997
Budget white – W.Schaefer (Germany) Graacher Domprobst Kabinett 1998
Sweet – Zind-Humbrecht (France) Tokay Pinot Gris Heimbourg VT 1990
Sparkling – Charles Heidsieck (France) Brut 1990
Fortified – Fonseca (Portugal) Vintage Port 1963

Craig Thomson, New Zealand – Top Wines of 1999 (added 20/12)
Red – Henschke (Australia) Cyril Henschke Cabernet Sauvignon 1993
White – Dry River (NZ) Gerwurtztraminer 1996
Budget red – Leasingham (Australia) Bin 61 Shiraz 1995
Budget white – Cloudy Bay (NZ) Sauvignon Blanc 1999

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