De twee Pauillacs van Rothschild zijn de meest gezochte wijnen ter wereld. Dat meldt Wine Searcher. Maar tot de top is inmiddels ook Château Lynch Bages doorgedrongen, een niet voor de hand liggende mutatie. Buiten Frankrijk is Opus One uit Napa Valley de populairste. De collega’s melden:
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When it comes to wine, sometimes France ruins everything.
Well, maybe that's a little unfair; sometimes Bordeaux ruins everything. The famous region has certainly ruined any chance of being able to come with new and exciting entries on the list of Wine-Searcher's most searched-for wines.
There are just two wines in the top 10 from outside Bordeaux, and both of those are French. Dom Pérignon slips in comfortably at #5, pushing Château Latour to an unfamiliarly lowly sixth position, while Domaine de la Romanée-Conti's Romanée-Conti Grand Cru Burgundy sneaks in at #10.
The rest of the top 10 list is utterly predictable, with only Lynch-Bages at #9 offering something that might not be everyone's first guess. The top 10 is almost identical to the Bordeaux list we produced in May, so you can pretty much stop reading here and take a look at that list, if you like.
Top ten French
The top 10 looks like this:
Prices worldwide on Wine-Searcher (US$, ex-tax, per 750-ml bottle):
- Wine Name Avg. Price
- Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac $618
- Château Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac $933
- Château Margaux, Margaux $643
- Petrus, Pomerol $2771
- Dom Pérignon Brut, Champagne $183
- Château Latour, Pauillac $806
- Château Haut-Brion, Pessac-Léognan $577
- Château d'Yquem, Sauternes $471
- Château Lynch-Bages, Pauillac $154
- Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti Grand Cru, Côte de Nuits $14,935
Usually in cases like this, the interesting movements are to be found outside the top 10, where some up-and-coming wines are jostling for position and making their bid to supplant the Bordeaux-based status quo above them. But even here there is a massive bias towards Bordeaux, with seven of the next 10 places filled by Bordeaux wines. Another DRC (the La Tâche) adds to the French bias, but at least there are a couple of non-Gallic wines in this segment of the overall list, in the shape of Opus One and Sassicaia.
In the top 100 list of most searched-for wines, there are just 23 non-French wines – less than a quarter of the total. A total of 58 of the most wanted wines are from Bordeaux.
There are some non-French wines trying their best to elbow their way into the top 10.
It's probably more interesting to take a look at the list of non-French wines that are most popular among Wine-Searcher users.
- Opus One, Napa Valley It was inevitable that Napa would be the first non-French region to appear on the list (at #11), given Wine-Searcher's US-heavy user base, but even here there is a strong French influence. Opus One was originally a joint venture between Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, after all, before it was swallowed up by Constellation Brands.
- Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany The first of four Italian wines on the adjusted list, Sassicaia was dreamed up in the 19040s as an Italian riposte to Bordeaux. The first commercial release was in 1968 and it has been a firm favorite worldwide ever since, with a relatively light average price tag of $210 and an overall search rank of #13.
- Penfolds Grange Bin 95, Australia Perhaps surprising, given it's an Australian wine but, coming in at #22 on the overall list, it's the best-placed wine from the Southern Hemisphere. It is, like many of the most popular wines, expensive and well liked by critics, but it's probably the first wine on the list without so much as a whiff of France about it.
- Vega Sicilia Unico Gran Reserva, Ribera del Duero Spain's heavyweight contender ends up in #24 slot on the overall list, maintaining the high price ($403) and high-score (93) formula. A long list of available vintages helps its popularity, with 1936 the oldest currently listed.
- The Macallan 18 Year Old Single Malt, Speyside What's this? A whiskey? Or rather, a whisky? Sitting at #29 on the long list, this offers decent value ($288) relative to some of its undistilled list-mates. From the better end of Macallan's bottlings and aged in Sherry casks, it's a gorgeous spirit.
- Dominus Estate Christian Moueix, Napa Another wine with a French connection, this time through owner Christian Moueix, whose family have have deep roots in Bordeaux. Dominus is one of Napa's cult Cabernets – that's reflected in the price and score, with an average ex-tax price of $221 and an average score of 94. It sits at #33 on the overall list.
- Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT, Tuscany The seminal Super Tuscan, Antinori's flagship wine has been slaying critics and consumers alike since the 1971 vintage was released in 1974. The Cabernet-Sangiovese blend is remarkably affordable ($101 average price) for a wine with an average critic score of 93 across 37 available vintages, and one that is in 34th place on the long list.
- Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Pretty much the cult leader when it comes to Napa Cab, Screaming Eagle is notoriously hard to find and expensive, which is usually a recipe for popularity. However, its appeal has faded slightly in the past two years, dropping from #10 to #36 overall.
- Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, Tuscany A neighbor of Sassicaia, and another Super Tuscan with a hefty-ish price tag ($194) and a score to match (94). It's at #39 on the list, and has been remarkably consistent over the past five years. The same goes for the critics' opinions – you have to go back to the 1993 vintage to find a sub-90 score.
- Masseto Toscana IGT, Tuscany The Merlot sibling of Ornellaia was launched in 1984 and immediately made an impact. Its average score across 29 available vintages is an impressive 95, although the average price of $704 is pretty sobering, considering it was $556 five years ago. It sits at #44 on the long list.
And just in case anyone thinks we're cheating by having a whiskey on the list, the next wine is the Caymus Vineyards Cabernet from Napa Valley, a positive bargain among this company at a mere $76 average price, which is where it was five years ago. It doesn't mean skimping on quality, either – it has a solid average score of 91, and it's not even the Caymus' top-tier wine.