The 2018 competition

Congratulations to the winners in the 2018 Wine Merchant Top 100. It was a tough judging process, with our panel of 21 independents assessing wines not just on their taste credentials, but the value that they offer.

Some excellent wines missed out simply because judges weren’t comfortable with their pricing. The winners this year, all listed below, all impressed with their RRPs – even though many of the wines certainly aren’t cheap. But they do, in the opinion of the judges, offer good value.

The wines – and out 167 Highly Commended wines – will be discussed in more depth in our forthcoming winners’ supplement. All wines in the Top 100 are also available to taste this week at our London Wine Fair stand, upstairs and adjacent to Esoterica.



Best Red

Uvas Felices El Hombre Bala Old Vine Garnacha, Madrid, Spain 2015 (£21.99, Boutinot)

Best White

Druida Reserva, Dão, Portugal 2016 (£24, The Knotted Vine)

Best Sparkling

Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Blanc de Blancs Extra Brut, Champagne, France NV (£36.49, Hallgarten)

Best Fortified

Barros Colheita Port, Douro, Portugal 2005 (£29, Hallgarten)

Best Rosé

Bird in Hand Pinot Noir Rosé, Adelaide Hills, Australia 2017
(£14.99, Seckford Agencies)

Best-Value Red

Cantina di Montalcino Brunito, Tuscany, Italy 2015 (£9.95, Enotria & Coe)

Best-Value White

Cavit Bottega Vinai Nosiola, Trentino, Italy 2017 (£9.99, Boutinot)

Best-Value Sparkling

Durello Palladiano Spumante Brut, Veneto, Italy NV (£9.99, Boutinot)

Best-Value Fortified

Valdespino Single-Vineyard Fino, Jerez, Spain NV (£18.49, Liberty Wines)

Best-Value Rosé

Domaines Paul Mas Claude Val Rosé, IGP Pays d’Oc, France 2017
(£6.99, Domaines Paul Mas)


Sparkling wines



Goring Estate Rosé, South Downs, Sussex NV (£35.99, Hallgarten)

Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve, Hampshire NV (£30, Hattingley Valley Wines)



Champagne Lelarge-Pugeot Les Meuniers de Clémence Extra Brut Premier Cru, Champagne NV (£49, Hallgarten)

Charles Heidsieck Réserve Brut, Champagne NV (£48.99, Liberty Wines)

Oedoria Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy NV (£16.95, Daniel Lambert Wines)



Bortolin Angelo Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore, Treviso 2017 (£19.95, Laytons)


White wines



Susana Balbo Crios Torrontés 2017 (£14.50, Las Bodegas)



Devil’s Corner Sauvignon Blanc, Tasmania 2017 (£16.75, Awin Barrat Siegel Wine Agencies)

Stonier Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria 2016 (£19.99, Accolade Wines)

Thorn-Clarke Milton Park Chardonnay, South Australia 2017 (£9.99, Seckford Agencies)

Innocent Bystander Pinot Gris, Yarra Valley, Victoria 2017 (£16.99, Liberty Wines)



Weingut Ecker-Eckhof Riesling Reserve Ried Steinberg, Wagram, Upper Austria 2016 (£14.49, Vindependents)

Weingut Türk, Grüner Veltliner Kremser Weinberg, Kremstal 2016 (£16.75, New Generation McKinley)



Errazuriz Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa 2017 (£17.10, Hatch Mansfield)

Montes Outer Limits Sauvignon Blanc, Zapallar, Aconcagua Valley 2016 (£16.99, Liberty Wines)



Satellite Entre Deux Mers, Bordeaux 2016 (£17, Department 33)

Domaine du Cléray Chardonnay, Val de Loire 2017 (£8.39, Les Grands Chais de France)

Jean-Claude Boisset Château London Mâcon-Igé, Burgundy 2016 (£21.99, Liberty Wines)

Domaines Schlumberger Riesling Saering Grand Cru, Alsace 2014 (£24.49, Maisons Marques et Domaines)

Pascal Jolivet Sancerre, Loire 2016 (£21.49, Maisons Marques et Domaines)

Domaine de Rochebin Clos Saint-Germain Chardonnay, Burgundy 2016 (£13.95, Daniel Lambert Wines)

Domaines Paul Mas Les Tannes en Occitanie Marsanne, IGP Pays d’Oc 2017
(£7.49, Domaines Paul Mas)

Domaine Belleville Rully La Perche, Burgundy 2016 (£24.99, Vindependents)

Domaine de la Creuze Noire Saint-Véran, Burgundy 2017 (£17.95, Daniel Lambert Wines)



Oliver Zeter Sauvignon Blanc Fumé, Pfalz 2016 (£22.50, Delibo Wine Agencies)



Domaine Papagiannakos Assyrtiko, Attica 2015 (£14.99, Boutinot)

Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko, Santorini 2017 (£25.99, Hallgarten)



Gianni Tessari Soave, Veneto 2016 (£11.95, Laytons)

Lamelia San Vito Verdicchio di Matelica, Marche 2016 (£10.95, Laytons)

A Mano Bianco, Puglia 2017 (£11.99, Liberty Wines)

Vigneti Del Vulture Pipoli Greco-Fiano, Basilicata 2017 (£11.99, Liberty Wines)


New Zealand

Astrolabe Durvillea Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2016 (£12.05, Armit Wines)

Two Rivers of Marlborough Brookby Hill Pinot Gris, Wairau, Marlborough 2016 (£15, The Antipodean Sommelier)

Hawksdrift Barrel-Fermented Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2015 (£17.50, Vindependents)



Ai Galera Mistico, Tejo 2017 (£7.49, Alliance Wine)

Quinta de Azevedo Reserva, Vinho Verde 2017 (£10.99, Liberty Wines)


South Africa

Tokara Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Elgin 2017 (£20.50, Awin Barrat Siegel Wine Agencies)



Adegas Terra de Asorei Pazo Torrado Albariño, Rías Baixas 2017 (Daniel Lambert Wines)

Valenciso Rioja Blanco 2017 (£18.99, Boutinot)

Marco Abella Òlbia Priorat 2016 (£39.99, Vindependents)





Domaine Gavoty Cuvée Clarendon Rosé, Côtes de Provence 2016 (£19.95, Laytons)

Domaine de Grandpré Minotaure, Côtes de Provence 2017 (£14.99, Vindependents)


Red wines



Bodega Sottano Selección Malbec, Mendoza 2016 (£24.99, Vindependents)

Boedga Sottano Malbec, Mendoza 2017 (£9.90, Vindependents)

Los Poetas Libertad Blend, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2015 (£11.99, Condor Wines)

Angulo Innocente Unisono, La Consulta, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2013 (£33.25, Las Bodegas)

Atamisque, Catalpa Assemblage, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2016 (£22.25, Las Bodegas)

Atamisque Serbal Cabernet Franc, Tupungato, Uco Valley, Mendoza 2017 (£16.75, Las Bodegas)



Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2015
(£24.99, Accolade Wines)

Petaluma White Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia 2015 (£19.99, Accolade Wines)

Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir, Tasmania 2015 (£22.75, Awin Barrat Siegel Wine Agencies)

Henschke Johann’s Garden, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2015 (£28.50, Enotria)

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River, Western Australia 2013 (£29.95, Laytons)

Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache, Barossa Valley, South Australia 2015 (£15.99, Negociants UK)

Jim Barry The Barry Brothers Shiraz-Cabernet, Clare Valley, South Australia 2015 (£16.99, Negociants UK)



Heinrich Blaufränkisch, Burgenland 2015 (£18.99, Liberty Wines)



Viña Requingua Toro de Piedra Gran Reserva Carmenère-Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley 2016 (£13.99, Condor Wines)

Viña Requingua Toro de Piedra Gran Reserva Petit Verdot-Cabernet Sauvignon, Curico Valley 2016 (£13.99, Condor Wines)

Montgras de Gras Carmenère Reserva, Colchagua Valley 2016
(£9.25, Enotria & Coe)

Viña Echeverria Gran Reserva Carmenère, Curico Valley 2014 (£11.49, Hallgarten)



Philippe Bouzereau Château de Cîteaux Les Duresses, Auxey-Duresses 1er Cru, Burgundy 2015 (£39, Hallgarten)

Jean-Luc Colombo Les Collines de Laure Syrah, Mediterranée, Rhône 2016 (£14.20, Hatch Mansfield)

Château Sergant Lalande de Pomerol, Bordeaux, France 2015 (£16.99, Les Grands Chais de France)

Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais 2015 (£25.99, Liberty Wines)

Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Syrah, IGP Pays d’Oc 2016 (£9.99, Daniel Lambert Wines)

Domaines Paul Mas Claude Val, IGP Pays d’Oc 2017 (£6.99, Domaines Paul Mas)

Domaine Belleville Rully Chaponnière, Burgundy 2016 (£24.99, Vindependents)



Ornellaia Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, Bolgheri, Tuscany 2015 (£42, Armit Wines)

Feudo Disisa Vuaria Nero d’Avola, Monreale, Sicily 2012 (£23.95, Laytons)

Morisfarms Morellino di Scansano, Tuscany 2015 (£14.95, Laytons)

Vigneti Dei Vulture Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture, Basilicata 2016 (£12.99, Liberty Wines)

Mazzei Ser Lapo Chianti Classico Riserva, Tuscany 2013 (£21.49, Maisons Marques et Domaines)


New Zealand

Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir, Marlborough 2015 (£26.49, Hallgarten)

Coal Pit Wines Tiwha Pinot Noir Gibbston Valley, Central Otago 2015 (£30, The Antipodean Sommelier)



Al Galera Poetico, Tejo 2016 (£7.49, Alliance Wine)

Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga, Douro 2015 (£17.99, Liberty Wines)

Quinta dos Carvalhais Alfrocheiro, Dão 2015 (£21.99, Liberty Wines)

Azamor Petit Verdot, Alentejo 2013 (£19.99, Liberty Wines)


Republic of Macedonia

Tikves Winery Kratosija, Tikves 2017 (£6.54, Hallgarten)


South Africa

Bon Courage Estate, Inkará Shiraz, Robertson, Western Cape 2015 (£21.75, Awin Barrat Siegel Wine Agencies)

Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak Pinot Noir, Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Walker Bay 2015 (£29.25, Seckford Agencies)



La Rioja Alta 904 Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 (£50, Armit Wines)

Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial, Castilla y León 2014 (£25, Enotria & Coe)

Bodegas Epifanio Rivera, Erial Tinto Fino, Ribera del Duero 2015 (£12.95, Laytons)

Castano Hécula Monastrell, Yecla, Murcia 2016 (£9.99, Liberty Wines)

Marco Abella Mas Mallola, Priorat 2015 (£29.99, Vindependents)


United States

St-Supéry Élu, Napa Valley, California 2013 (£65, Laytons)

Vina Robles, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California 2015 (£24.99, Vindependents)


Fortified wines



Henriques & Henriques 20 Year Old Verdelho Madeira NV (£26, Mentzendorff & Co)

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Bual Madeira NV (£20.75, Mentzendorff & Co)