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James Suckling’s top 100 wines of the year

By November 16, 2022Bordeaux, Critical Opinion, USA
  • Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2019 named wine of the year.
  • The wine traded on Liv-ex shortly after the announcement.
  • Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte 2019 and Yjar 2018 were also listed in the top 10.

James Suckling has published his annual report on the top 100 wines of the world, which includes the best wines he and his team tasted in 2022. It also highlights ‘outstanding regions, vintages and producers [the team] found over the last 12 months’.

When compiling the ranking, Suckling noted that the team ‘tried to keep the selection to reasonably priced wines’ but added that ‘a few of [their] 100-point wines are very expensive’.

Suckling said that the United States delivered the largest number of wines in their top 100, with 28 bottles on their list. He added that this was ‘mostly because of the release of so many excellent wines from the 2019 vintage’ which was the ‘second great vintage in a row following 2018’.

France accounted for 24 wines in the list, most of which were from Bordeaux. Italy and Germany followed with 11 and 10 wines respectively.

In total, Suckling and the team rated over 32,000 wines in 2022 – 7,000 more than last year.

The top 10 wines

Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve 2019 was named Suckling’s wine of the year. In the report, he said that ‘not only is it a perfect wine, but it is also a wine that highlights the greatness of so many wines from Napa Valley and the United States from the 2019 vintage’.

Shortly after the announcement, the wine traded on Liv-ex for the first time at £478 per 6×75.

In second place was Künstler Riesling Rheingau Hölle GG 2021, followed by Albert Mann Pinot Noir Alsace Grand H 2020.

Other notable highlights include Château Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2019 in 4th place and Rioja’s Telmo Rodriguez Yjar 2018 in 9th.

The top 10 wines can be found in the table below. The full report and top 100 wines can be found at JamesSuckling.com.

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