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Wine Spectator Magazine

Wine Spectator is an American magazine specializing in tasting notes, industry news and wine-personality profiles. The magazine was founded by Bob Morrisey in 1976, and sold just three years later to Marvin Shanken, who moved the operation to its current headquarters in New York.

Each year the announcement of the magazine's Top 100 Wines, and Wine of the Year is eagerly awaited. For this year's results, see: Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2013.

All 15 editions of Wine Spectator published each year include more than 400 tasting notes, and in some cases upwards of 1000. The wine critics who figure among Wine Spectator’s tasting and reviewing panel are James Laube, Harvey Steiman, Bruce Sanderson, Kim Marcus and James Molesworth. James Suckling wrote for the magazine between 1981 and 2010 but now has an independent website. Wine Spectator's online presence is at Winespectator.com.

Wine Spectator's 100-point wine-scoring scale:

  • 95–100 – Classic: a great wine
  • 90–94 – Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
  • 85–89 – Very good: a wine with special qualities
  • 80–84 – Good: a solid, well-made wine
  • 75–79 – Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 50–74 – Not recommended

Wine Spectator's wine scores on Wine-Searcher:
Score range: 60 – 100 points
50% fall between: 86 – 91 points
Average score: 88.3 points
(Data: October 2013)

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Top-Scoring Wines (Wine Spectator)
Wine Name
Vintage
Score 
Popularity
Chateau Margaux, Margaux, France 2005
100/100
$1,133 1
Chateau Margaux, Margaux, France 2000
100/100
$1,239 1
Domaines Barons de Rothschild Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Pauillac, France 2000
100/100
$2,257 3
Petrus, Pomerol, France 2005
100/100
$4,463 4
Petrus, Pomerol, France 1989
100/100
$4,639 4
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 2000
100/100
$1,372 6
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 1990
100/100
$983 6
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 1961
100/100
$5,941 6
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 1945
100/100
$5,268 6
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 1899
100/100
N/A 6
Chateau Latour, Pauillac, France 1863
100/100
N/A 6
Chateau Haut-Brion, Pessac-Leognan, France 2005
100/100
$920 8
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes, France 2001
100/100
$804 9
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes, France 1967
100/100
$1,559 9
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes, France 1859
100/100
N/A 9
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes, France 1834
100/100
N/A 9
Chateau d'Yquem, Sauternes, France 1811
100/100
N/A 9
Penfolds Grange Bin 95, Australia 2008
100/100
$688 16
Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases', Saint-Julien, France 2005
100/100
$375 19
Chateau Leoville-Las Cases 'Grand Vin de Leoville du Marquis de Las Cases', Saint-Julien, France 2000
100/100
$399 19
Chateau Pavie, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France 2005
100/100
$447 29
Tenuta dell'Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT, Tuscany, Italy 2001
100/100
$1,220 36
Chateau Ausone, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, France 2005
100/100
$2,150 44
Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Portugal 1994
100/100
$217 58
Chateau Rieussec, Sauternes, France 2001
100/100
$192 73
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