Best Wines From Issue 240

We closed out 2018 on a truly high note, publishing almost 2,500 wine reviews in Issue 240

Among the many highlights you won’t want to miss are the Amazing 2016 Garnachas from Aragón, Gredos and Navarra, over 350 wines reviewed in Northern Rhône: Part 2 as well as truly historic lineups in Burgundy: A Century of Clos des Lambrays and Up From the Cellar 27.
This Issue also includes an in-depth look at Austria, with a combined total of 920 wines reviewed in three individual reports—Burgendland, Thermenregion & Weinviertel and All Along the Danube. And we turn the spotlight on a few more regions in Italy, with individual reports on new releases from Calabria, Franciacorta, Molise, Sicily, Etna and Trentino—with a grand total of 577 Italian wines reviewed in this Issue.
Plus, we managed to squeeze in a handful of wines from Eastern and Central Europe, Colorado, New York and even Uruguay!

Here, the top nine wines from Issue 240, rated 98 points and higher.

“Similar in profile to the 1947, the 1937 is marginally more complex but slightly less coherent: it would be hard indeed to chose between them.”

“Drunk from magnum, the 1985 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru is an extraordinary wine, unfurling in the glass with a multifaceted bouquet of toasted nuts, iodine, ripe but crisp yellow orchard fruit, pastry cream and honeycomb.”

“Dare I say it? This single bottle brings Italy very close to some of the top Champagne houses that have earned our attention and praise.”

“This is an utterly classic La Tâche that ranks among the vintage's high points.”

“A real grand cru combining elegance and power.”

“It's narrow and tight, immensely mineral, long and tasty. Mind-boggling.”

“A third bottle drunk in California a few months later was just as compelling. In cold cellars, it should see out its centenary in style.”

“The 1923 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru is an extraordinary wine that soars from the glass with a kaleidoscopic bouquet of red plums, dried rose petals, grilled ceps, smoked black tea, vanilla pod and blood orange, marrying floral high notes and savory bass notes in a profound mélange.”

“It is a wine that made my heart beat faster.”

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