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My nickname is "100 Point Score" because I could not think of a name and needed infomation for my daughter asap LOL!!!  But I named that because I had soon before tried my first critically acclaimed 100 point score wine, the 2015 Dominus Estate. Recently I had my  own first personal "100 point score" wine which was the 1995 Chateau Rayas "Reserve", which I felt was a flawless wine in my limited experience going on 6 years as a wine collector and enthusiast. Share your personal "100s" for a fun discussion.

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I have never had a wine I would rate above 98 points. And the wines I would rate the highest are not necessarily my favorite ones.  A partial list of the wines I would rate highest includes one bottle of:

1992 Dalla Valle Maya

1982 Pichon-Lalande

1959 Latour

1986 Krug Clos de Mesnil (magnum)

1998 F.X. Pichler Riesling Unendlich

1998 Chapoutier Ermitage Le Pavillon

A partial list of my favorite wines includes one bottle from the last 3 of that list plus one bottle of:

1991 DRC La Tache

1997 DRC La Tache

2001 Giacomo Conterno Monfortino

Several of the wines I have listed I’ve had more than once. None of them have been equally fabulous every time. 

Two experiences that come close for me:

1995 Guigal La Mouline shared by Sunnylea57. The most flawless, complex and complete wine I’ve had.

1967 D’yquem that my wife sourced as a 50th birthday gift. It was incredibly alive, fresh and vibrant. While I enjoyed the Guigal more just the experience of the latter with close friends, along with knowing my wife (Not a wine enthusiast) hunted one down made that a special experience.

61' margaux is one that immediately comes to mind.  lovely floral bouquet that is so lovely you think you're drinking it even though you're just smelling it.

66' fonseca has all the great qualities eof a classic port mixed with loads of xmas spices but having a great clean acidity that helps bring everything together.

@billhike posted:

Two experiences that come close for me:

1995 Guigal La Mouline shared by Sunnylea57. The most flawless, complex and complete wine I’ve had.

That was a goodun! I have very clear memories of that evening and that wine.

i have four 98 point scores on CT and nothing higher. I feel that if I give something 100 points it means I’ll never have a better wine.

1987 Dunn Howell Mountain (two different bottles scored 98 points)
1985 Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Charlie
2002 Bollinger Champagne RD Extra Brut

...followed by two 97 point scores:

1992 Dominus
1990 Bollinger Grande Année

 

Good Topic.  For me my personal 100 point wines are:

97 Harlan Estate

97 Screaming Eagle

2002 Caymus Special Selection

2001 & 2002 Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon

1995 Insignia

Morlet 2012 Force De la Nature

2013 Pahlmeyer Piece De Resistance

2005 Sine Qua Non Seventeenth Nail in my Cranium

2002 Shaffer Hillside Select

2012 Seven Stones 

Forgetting a few.  I have had a  few first growths that were scored as 100 points...but in reality, they have never done it for me.  

Can someone explain how, as an earlier post noted, that they have never had a wine above 98 points (or pick a score).  What were the flaws?  Why did you not rate as perfection?  

For me I do two ratings of a btl.  The current and the potential.  When i say a wine is 100 pts it is strictly based on me drinking it at that point.  it depends on evolution of btl.  I should add the 61 margaux was drunk 10 yrs ago and the 66 fonseca 2 years ago.

When drunk at that time they were perfect.  Ive had some of the wines on your list napa

Ill use the 2002 Shafer. A very very lovely wine but it still has too much tannins at this stage last year for me to consider it perfect but i could certainly see it getting there.  I would probably still give it a 100 pts for potential but its not there yet.  My worry is that it might turn out like the 2002 maya dalle valle which got strangely flabby 3 years ago

 

@napacat posted:

  Can someone explain how, as an earlier post noted, that they have never had a wine above 98 points (or pick a score).  What were the flaws?  Why did you not rate as perfection?  

What is perfection? How can one be absolutely certain that a wine could not be better? 100 points is an absolute, and I don’t believe in absolutes, especially with something as complex and ever-changing as wine. 

Alright Gman...thanks for the reply.  For me (And certainly company and the surroundings can influence your experience) I have had many wines that I thought were "perfect".  That part being said...I am not sure why I would "knock" them down a few points and I might not be able to identify why they were not perfect at the moment.

It sure is a lot of fun though.  So many of us have had that moment when  you take that first sip...look at your friend or wife and just say wow.  That's what we are always looking for.  Until the next 100 Pointer.

One of my favorites was a 1959 La Tour, as I was fortunate enough to have it with a 1970 La Tour and a 1976 La Tache DRC Monopole with Board-O down in Florida.  

another was a 1982 chateau Margaux.  consumed at a very good restaurant in Baltimore, The Prime Rib  

these were great experiences.  

Sometimes the situation enhances the wine   In 2017 I had a  2003 Pesquera gran reserva Janus at Akalere in San Sebastián, Spain.  It was shockingly inexpensive.  The sommelier said it was his last bottle of the 2003.  Of course, the food and the environment were both superb.  

 

 

I’m an admittedly tough grader, as I believe most things should be graded on a curve.  Wine to me is akin to beautiful women.  Those that deserve the highest recognition are noticeably smaller in number than the 9s, which are then fewer in number than the 8s, etc.  

I’d have to give this some more thought, but what immediately springs to mind is the 2010 Coche-Dury Corton Charlemagne consumed a bit over 2 years ago at Manresa in Los Gatos, CA.  I can’t recall now much of how I felt when we also consumed 2004 Coche CC, 2013 Coche Meursault Perrieres, 2013 Keller G-Max and 2014 Raveneau Clos during that same meal.  But that bottle of 2010 Coche CC was ethereal, and I can still vividly remember the bliss it provided.  

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