Best Wines in the World Are Still French Two Glorious Examples Show Why

Source: Forbes

Despite all the remarkable improvements we have seen over recent decades in the wines from Italy, Spain, America, Australia etc., a revelatory wine experience reaffirmed what I have long known: at the very apex of the wine world, at the rarified heights on viniferous Olympus, great French wines remain unchallenged.

This confirmation occurred at a dinner with friends where two wines shone with unrivaled brilliance. One secret of their triumph was their age: a sixteen year old Burgundy and a seventeen year old Sauterne.

Despite the best efforts of producers to make wines ever more accessible when young, there’s no escaping the fact that great wines still need time.

I original had half a dozen bottles of the Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 1998, Louis Jadot, and have been trying them, one at a time, every couple of years since 2006, but they had been a big disappointment, an all too common occurrence with pricy, temperamental Burgundy.

They were closed, tannic, marred by an aggressive acidity. Despite hours of breathing they never opened up.

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