First Chilean Chardonnay in the Wine Spectator Top 100
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2010 was included in US-based Wine & Spirit magazine’s annual ranking of the 100 best wines in the world.
Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2010, the work of winemaker Marcelo Papa, was ranked number 87 among Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of the Year, making it the first and only Chilean Chardonnay in history to appear on this influential list.
Every year the magazine’s editors review the wines they’ve tasted over the previous 12 months and select the best for their ranking. They use four criteria for evaluation: quality, price, availability, and a surprise factor dominated by excitement. The Top 100 ranking made its debut in 1988 and reflects the most important trends in the wine world—it recognizes outstanding producers and shines the spotlight on successful regions and vintages from around the world.
This is the fourth time the Marques de Casa Concha line has appeared on Wine Spectator’s prestigious list. The Cabernet Sauvignon, vintages 2000 and 2007, both at 56th place; Merlot 2001 ranked 47th, and now the Chardonnay 2010 placed 87th.
This US publication has consistently recognized Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay, which comes from the Limarí Valley, as one of Chile’s finest Chardonnay‘s and has always rated it above 90 points, which confirms it as one of the world’s most consistent and solid brands in its segment.
The line’s unfailing consistency began with the 1999 vintage, which marked a milestone in the history of Marques de Casa Concha. As of that year, every one of its varieties and every one of its vintages has received excellent scores—all above 90 points.
This success is attributed to the use of the more advanced techniques in agricultural management that began in the 1990s and significantly increased the quality of Marques de Casa Concha, leading its great demand around the world. The 1999 vintage was also the first in the hands of Marcelo Papa, who has been the line’s chief winemaker ever since.
These changes contributed to Marques de Casa Concha’s great success in each of its successive vintages, regardless of the year’s particular conditions.
With this, its eleventh appearance on the Wine Spectator Top 100 list, Concha y Toro has appeared on the list more often than any other Chilean winery.
• The complete Top 100 list of the year is available at www.winespectator.com
• Wine Spectator is the most important magazine for wine lovers and consumers in the United States and one of the most influential in the world.
• Wine Spectator’s Top 100 began in 1988. The 2012 list was compiled from the more than 17,000 new releases that the editors ranked in blind tastings—more than 5,500 of which had outstanding or classic scores (90 or more points on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale). Four criteria were used to create the short list: quality (represented by the score), value (reflected in the sales price), availability (measured by cases produced or imported), and an “X factor” that employs a subjective variable that includes “excitement.” This year’s Top 100 list includes wines from 13 countries. The average score remains consistent at 93 points, and the average price per bottle is $US46, just US$2 more than in 2011.