What is the best red wine in the worldThis is an incredibly difficult question to answer, for many reasons.
- Wine is an agricultural product and the character and quality of any given wine will vary from one vintage to another - a wine that is outstanding in this year’s vintage may dip in quality next year due to adverse weather conditions, disease or any amount of other mitigating factors.
- The subjective nature of wine tasting and wine criticism means that even wine experts are often divided when it comes to specific wines. What could be a 100-point wine for one critic may be considerably less for another. Different wine competitions and awards have different criteria and some may simply favour producers that have more money to spend on submitting samples.
- The fact that the best red wines in the world usually require extensive ageing means it’s difficult to judge its potential quality at time of release.
- There’s also the simple fact that most of the top red wines are in profoundly short supply, and command insanely high prices. This means that few people will ever get to taste them, let alone drink them - and what is wine for if not for drinking?
Contenders for the best red wine in the world
- Domaine de la Romanée Conti Romanée Conti is often called the best red wine in the world. The estate itself, Domaine de la Romanée Conti, is Burgundy’s best producer, and this is its best wine. You shouldn’t be surprised to hear that the 2001 vintage will set you back almost €15,000 a bottle.
- Château Petrus and Le Pin are the best of Pomerol, arguably the most prestigious region of Bordeaux. These Merlot-dominant reds are made on the best soils in the region in absolutely tiny quantities. Either Petrus 2003 or Le Pin 2006 could make a strong argument to be the best red wine in the world.
- Spanish heavyweights Pingus and Vega Sicilia can certainly lay a claim to the title. These are the top estates from the Ribera del Duero region. Pingus 2012 scored a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker, and Vega Sicilia Unico 2000 was not far behind with 99 points from Guía Proensa.