Can every iteration of Decanter’s Wines of the Year be ‘the best ever’? I wasn’t convinced we could top last year’s tasting, which included a perfect 100 score from one judge, but it does seem to be the case with 2022’s crop.
Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores for the top-scoring bottles from Decanter’s Wines of the Year 2022 tasting
Our Sparkling, White and Red Wines of the Year each earned 99 points from this year’s three experts, and half of the 125 bottles in the stellar line-up scored 95pts or more – up from 40% last year. ‘Hands down the best wine tasting I’ve ever done,’ enthused Amanda Barnes, a sentiment shared by her fellow judges.
To select the wines, Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chairs, key contributors and staff nominated the three wines that most impressed them in 2022.
These had to be under the categories of Classic (a premium, textbook wine style), Offbeat (unusual grape, region, winemaking method, or unearthed gem) and Value (under £25).
While a few, sadly, had sold out or couldn’t be sourced because of low stock or shipping issues, 125 arrived at Decanter’s offices in London’s Paddington, courtesy of generous producers and importers, to be judged blind over two days.