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The Top 10 Wines of 1998


Posted: January 17, 2002

Wine of the Year 1998

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou St.-Julien 1995

The greatest Ducru produced this century. Breathtaking aromas of berries, violets, vanilla and blackberries set the stage for a wine that's full-bodied and tannic, yet very fine and long in the mouth. This has fabulous structure for aging. Best after 2004.


* All prices listed are release prices only.

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The Top Red Wines of 1998
Rank Wine Score Price
#1 CHÂTEAU DUCRU-BEAUCAILLOU St.-Julien 1995 97 $50
#2 CHÂTEAU MARGAUX Margaux 1995 100 $120
#3 A. CLAPE Cornas 1996 96 $35
#4 CHÂTEAU CLERC MILON Pauillac 1995 95 $25
#5 WHITEHALL LANE Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 1995 95 $40
The Top White Wines of 1998
Rank Wine Score Price
#1 DOMAINE LAROCHE Chablis Les Clos 1996 99 $85
#2 BERINGER Chardonnay Napa Valley Private Reserve 1996 95 $32
#3 DOMAINE LEFLAIVE Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillon 1995 96 $82
#4 JEAN-MARC BROCARD Chablis Beauregard 1996 95 $25
The Top Dessert Wine of 1998
Rank Wine Score Price
#1 DOMAINE DES BAUMARD Quarts de Chaume 1996 95 $35
*In 1998, the Top 100 was comprised as follows: the Top 50 Red Wines, the Top 40 White Wines and the Top 10 Dessert Wines.

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