Term for an exceptional wine grandiose Quality. At a wine review Such products usually achieve the highest number of points, from at least 18 to 20 or 95 to 100 points, The common feature is that they - in addition to the not to be underestimated artistry of the winemakers - under particularly optimal climatic Conditions have arisen. This means that the vintage played a very important and crucial role.
If there is even an increase to "century wine", then it was for example certain wines of the vintages 1540 (a Würzburg stone was drunk 421 years later), 1748 (ein Castle Johannisberg has been Goethe served for his 66th birthday and a copy was still edible at 237 years), the famous 1811er, from the "golden Bordeaux era" 1864, 1865 and 1870, as well as 1945. This vintages are even called "millennium wines". They are usually many decades, special types of wine such as port wines even over 100 years durable or develop only after many years bottle aging or. aging their potential and achieve their optimal maturity,
Of course, the attribute "wine of the century" is not valid for "eternally", because even these wines have the end of their development or durability reached. Naturally, such specialties contribute Auctions often fancy prices and naturally count to the most expensive wines in the world, For the following list of 140 outstanding wines from 55 wineries was also the book "The great wines of the century" by Mario Scheuermann (1948-2015). However, there is no claim to "accuracy" or completeness, because even among recognized professionals there are sometimes amazing differences in the rating. But one can trust that all mentioned wines are top-crops or at least once. Some of them are still available and available at fantasy prices: