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Stephen Tanzer, Wine Critic

Stephen Tanzer is a US-based wine critic who has edited and published his bimonthly International Wine Cellar since 1985. He has published wine reference books and wine-buying guides, and he also writes articles for Forbes and Food & Wine.

The bi-monthly guide (which shares its initials with the International Wine Challenge) is funded entirely by its subscribers and is widely respected for its down-to-earth, independent approach and freedom from advertising. Tanzer’s specialist knowledge lies in the wines of Piedmont, Burgundy, Bordeaux and California.

Stephen Tanzer's 100-point wine-scoring scale:

  • 95–100 – Extraordinary
  • 90–94 – Outstanding
  • 85–89 – Very good to excellent
  • 80–84 – Good
  • 75–79 – Average
  • 70–74 – Below average

Stephen Tanzer's wine scores on Wine-Searcher:
Score range: 65 – 100 points
50% fall between: 88 – 91 points
Average score: 89.9 points
(Data: October 2013)

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Top-Scoring Wines (Stephen Tanzer)
Wine Name
Vintage
Score 
Popularity
Chateau Margaux, Margaux, France 2009
97-100/100
$1,232 3
Petrus, Pomerol, France 2009
97-100/100
$4,189 5
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes, France 2009
97-100/100
$959 8
E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, France 1999
97-100/100
$730 172
Egon Muller-Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany 2010
100/100
$5,902 6080
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Selection de Grains Nobles, Alsace Grand Cru, France 1998
97-100/100
$314 122923
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 2010
96-99/100
$1,713 4
Petrus, Pomerol, France 2010
96-99/100
$4,069 5
Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France 2010
96-99/100
$1,183 7
Krug Brut, Champagne, France 1996
99/100
$434 32
Chateau Lafleur, Pomerol, France 2010
96-99/100
$1,607 58
E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline, Rhone, France 1999
96-99/100
$762 163
E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline, Rhone, France 1978
99/100
$4,249 163
Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvee Vieilles Vignes, Cote de Nuits, France 2005
95-99/100
$1,138 177
Domaine des Comtes Lafon Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France 2002
96-99/100
$2,178 405
Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Ermitage Cuvee Cathelin, Rhone, France 2003
99/100
$4,952 1064
Denis Dubourdieu Chateau Doisy-Daene L'Extravagant de Doisy-Daene, Sauternes, France 2007
96-99/100
$528 1594
Weingut Robert Weil Kiedricher Grafenberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Rheingau, Germany 2009
99/100
N/A 5968
Egon Muller-Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany 2005
99/100
$8,421 6080
Egon Muller-Scharzhof Wiltingen Scharzhofberger Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel, Mosel, Germany 2010
99/100
$605 6963
Lucien Le Moine Le Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune, France 2010
96-99/100
$629 8147
Weingut Robert Weil Kiedricher Turmberg Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Rheingau, Germany 2009
99/100
N/A 8659
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany 2007
99/100
N/A 14754
Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel, Germany 2006
99/100
$589 14754
Weingut Donnhoff Niederhauser Hermannshohle Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Nahe, Germany 2009
99/100
N/A 17062
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