James Suckling reveals his Wine of the Year

The American wine critic, James Suckling, has revealed his Wine of the Year, awarding 100 points to Chile’s Almaviva and its 2015 vintage. Its “intensity, structure and balance” particularly seduced the critic.

Almaviva is a joint venture between Bordeaux’s Rothschild family (Mouton Rothschild brand) and Chile’s Conta y Toro. Suckling said, “It underlines the movement away from overdone, jammy wines to a neoclassicism with energy and finesse. It also highlights how South America, specifically Chile, has come into its own as a wine area, producing superb wines that can complete with the best in the world.”

According to Liv-Ex, the wine was released in September at €78 per bottle ex-negociant.