The Wonderful World Of Wine: James Sucklings' Favourite Vineyards
Wine: Tapiz Mendoza Las Notas de Jean Claude 2012, 95 points
A really exciting new wine. Love the intensity and richness, with lovely ripe fruit and lightly toasted oak character. Black olive and berry. Full body, firm and silky finish. 91% merlot with petit verdot, cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Better in 2019.
Winery: Bodega Tapiz
Hotel: Club Tapiz
Hotel Address: Pedro Molina s/n, Ruta 60 km 2.5, Russell Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Wine: Vik Valle de Colchagua VIK 2015, 98 points
Great class on the nose with violet, lavender, currant and blueberry. Very perfumed. Full body, ultra-fine tannins with great finesse and polish. So long and focused. Subtle complexity. One of the new cult wines of Chile. 2020 release. 85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc. Drink in 2021.
Hotel: Vik Chile
Hotel Address: Millahue s/n, San Vicente de Tagua Tagua, Chile
Wine: Clos Apalta Valle de Apalta 2014, 100 points
This was the first 100-point wine from here. Aromas of fresh herbs, and dark berry and floral undertones. Hot stone character. Full body, very linear and ultra-fine tannins. The precision and perfection here is impressive, as it has always been. A blend of carmenere, cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Drink or hold.
Winery: Clos Apalta
Hotel: Clos Apalta Residence
Hotel Address: Km 4 Camino Apalta Valle de Colchagua Santa Cruz, Región del Libertador Gral. Bernardo O’Higgins, Chile
Wine: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey Sauternes 2015, 97 points
Try to imagine the most beautiful exotic-fruit coulis and you have an idea of how this new style of Sauternes smells. Stunning concentration and purity of flavour. The knife-edge acidity electrifies the palate and turns the finish into a fireworks display of fruit and mineral freshness. You could drink this now, but it’s got enormous ageing potential.
Winery: Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Hotel: Hôtel & Restaurant Lalique, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey
Hotel Address: Lieu-dit Peyraguey, 33210 Bommes, France
Wine: Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Blanc 2015, 98 points
Very subtle and complex, with sliced cooked apples, pie crust and hints of oyster shell as well as iodine. Full-bodied, tight and layered with mineral and true terroir character. Just a touch of seamless tannins. Solid and fresh. Needs decanting young. Serious for ageing. Better in 2020.
Winery: Château Smith Haut Lafitte
Hotel: Les Sources De Caudalie
Hotel Address: 33650 Bordeaux Martillac, France
Wine: San Felice Toscana Pugnitello 2013, 95 points
This is layered and structured, with excellent ripe tannins and fruit. Full and softly textured yet with a vibrant end to it. One to watch. Very Super Tuscan. Drink or hold.
Winery: San Felice
Hotel: Borgo San Felice
Hotel Address: Località San Felice, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Italy
Wine: Il Borro Valdarno di Sopra Petruna 2015, 95 points
Fantastic aromas of crushed berry and walnut follow through to a full body, soft and silky tannins and a savoury, gorgeous finish. One year on the skins in Tuscan ceramic amphora 450 litres. 3,000 bottles.
Winery: Il Borro
Hotel: Il Borro Relais & Chateaux
Hotel Address: Località Borro, 1, 52024 Loro Ciuffenna AR, Italy
Wine: Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port Vargellas Vinha Velha 2011, 96 points
Beautiful nose of flowers with plum and cherry; more like a fine table wine on the nose. Full body, medium sweet, with super-refined tannins and a long, superb finish. All about finesse here. Only 310 cases produced of this foot-trodden wine from 19th-century vines at the Vargellas estate. Try in 2022.
Winery: Taylor Fladgate
Hotel: The Yeatman Hotel
Hotel Address: Rua do Choupelo, 4400-088 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal