2018 came and went in a flash. We were really caught up with our first bottle shop at Tanjong Pagar Centre. Like newly minted parents, we could never fully prepare ourselves until the bundle fell into our lap. The time spent fretting over the shop does not pale in comparison to a real baby. We have been jolted from our sleep many a night worrying that we have forgotten to do something. And there is no greater impetus to getting it right than having to pay rent in a Grade A building in downtown Singapore.
So much so that our blog became less active than usual. Some of our customers were curious why our annual Top 40 Wines was not released early this year. No amount of explanation can justify our tardiness. We simply dropped the ball on this one. We are really sorry for taking longer than usual for the 2018 release.
But better late than never as the saying goes. For the first time, this year’s list incorporated both online and offline sales. The positive aspect of having a store front is that we get to meet our customers and understand why some wines are more popular than others.
The general sense we got is that customers are now more open to trying wines from lesser known producers and also those not traditionally associated with certain countries or regions. You will find a few surprises in this year’s list. 2018 followed the theme of 2017 where smaller producers performed admirably against the bigger boys. Overall, we are really excited by how the crowd has collectively developed maturity and confidence in wine drinking, and this can only be good for retailers like us who like to push the envelope.
Here is the list of the Top 40 Wines of 2018. How many have you had?
|1||Whispering Angel Cotes de Provence Rose||2017||$53.00|
|2||Casa Primicia Julian Madrid Reserva||2011||$57.00|
|3||Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose||2017||$53.00|
|4||Lake Chalice The Nest Sauvignon Blanc||2017||$35.00|
|5||Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc||2018||$47.00|
|6||Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc||2016||$49.00|
|8||Schild Estate Barossa Valley Shiraz||2016||$49.00|
|9||Bodegas Muga Rioja Reserva||2014||$66.00|
|10||Dourthe No 1 Red||2015||$44.00|
|11||Vina Diezmo Crianza||2012||$39.00|
|12||Selection Patrick Clerget Coteaux Bourguignons||2015||$42.00|
|13||Borthwick Pinot Noir||2016||$49.00|
|14||Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir||2016||$55.00|
|15||Penfolds Koonunga Hill Seventy Six Shiraz Cabernet||2017||$39.00|
|16||Kaiken Reserva Malbec||2016||$36.00|
|17||Casanova Della Spinetta Rose||2016||$44.00|
|19||Sierra Cantabria Reserva||2012||$52.00|
|20||Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvee||NV||$52.00|
|21||Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne||NV||$88.00|
|22||Taltarni T-Series Sauvignon Blanc||2017||$35.00|
|23||Cesari Amarone della Valpolicella Classico||2013||$83.00|
|24||A Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Cuvee de Boisfleury||2017||$54.00|
|25||Mitolo Jester Shiraz||2016||$44.00|
|26||Domaine Camus Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru||2011||$166.00|
|27||Alto Moncayo Veraton Garnacha||2015||$68.00|
|28||Tinto Negro Mendoza Malbec||2017||$45.00|
|29||Zenato Valpolicella DOC Classico Superiore||2016||$38.00|
|32||Dom Perignon Champagne||2009||$260.00|
|33||Rust en Vrede Estate||2015||$88.00|
|34||Lenton Brae Southside Chardonnay||2014||$49.00|
|35||Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz||2015||$52.00|
|36||Lamole di Lamole Chianti Classico DOCG||2015||$40.00|
|37||Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne||NV||$80.00|
|38||La Spinetta Barbera d'Asti Ca Di Pian||2012||$60.00|
|39||Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne||NV||$89.00|
|40||La Manufacture Petit Chablis||2017||$55.00|
Prices shown in this table are correct as at the date of this article and may change subsequent to this date.
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