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  • April 08, 2019 3 min read

    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?

     Rank   Wine  Vintage   Price
    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 
    7  Coriole Barbera 2017 $45.00 
    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 
    18  Gran Crossos 2015 $56.00 
    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 
    30  Summaroca Terral 2012 $34.00 
    31  Gapsted Moscato 2017 $32.00 
    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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