Domaine de la Romanée Conti-Romanée Conti (France): a legend
The most desirable and exclusive Burgundy. Bottles that come onto the market are sold at prices from 600 to thousands of euros in few days. Best drunk after 15 years in bottle to be able to taste the best vintage on the planet. In 2002 some 1990 magnums were auctioned for 5,800 dollars each. Amongst all the vineyards in the Domaine, Romanée is the most exquisite. Its Pinot Noir grapes give a dense ruby coloured wine, delicate in the mouth and very long.
Leroy Clos Vougeot (France): organic and audacious
With the good work of Lalou Bize-Leroy, organic agriculture is used to produce this Burgundy with an audacious nose, touches of wild fruit and an exquisite smooth and perfumed flavour. A second-place with the soul of big winner.
Château Haut Brion (France): a fine blend
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot produces this elegant Bordeaux vintage of an inscrutable red. In the nose it is mineral, with notes of wild fruit and coffee beans. Smooth and long-lasting in the mouth.
4.- Château Margaux (France): the dean
At the beginning of the 19th century, the founder of Margaux was the first to separate white wine from red. Since then, excellent Bordeaux is produced on the property. The vintage from 2008 has a fine nose, pure and deep, and a long and fleshy palate.
5.- Château Cheval Blanc (France): consistency
The consistency of this Bordeaux shows off its incomparable characteristics, whatever the age of the bottle. Its main variety is Cabernet Franc and the extra shades come from Merlot. Very complex, with aromas of quince, fleshy fruit, coconut, toasted coffee and pepper.
6.- Quinta Do Vale Meao (Portugal): Douro makes its point
Another quality red wine that is relatively affordable. Number one from the fast improving Douro, it comes from the renewal of a tradition that, at the end of the 1950s, gave birth to a classic, the Barca Velha. Mature, long and with distinctive touches of black fruits in the nose and mouth.