What is your common special bottle price?
- Around $10
- Around $20
- Around $50
- Around $100
- Around $200
- Around $300
- Around $500
- $1000 or more
- Price is immaterial
After much soul searching, I’ve decided that the price point that I’m comfortable with regarding buying a “special bottle” is about $100. I looked at wines old and new, and balanced price, drinkability, likability (the ability for non-wine geeks to really like the wine), snob appeal and return on investment as far as the wine providing a memorable experience. It started when I was looking at buying some $275 cabernets, and I thought “what else could I get for that price” and is $275 really worth it?
OK, so I’m up for spending more if it’s a really special bottle, but after looking and tasting all my life, I’m comfortable in finding some great wines that make the $275 cab seem silly. What is your routine “special bottle” price?
Terms: +/- 20%, including taxes, premiums, delivery, etc.
Some I’ve found in my range, and each one a “special bottle” for various reasons:
Great Sauternes: 1990 Fargues, 1990 Rieussec, 1970 Suduiraut, 1971 Coutet, 1986 Lafaurie Peyraguey
Whites: 2001 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Rangen de Thann, Remelluri Blanco, Meursault Comte Lafon, PYCM Premier Crus, Aubert Chards
Reds: 2010 Biondi Santi Brunello, 1990 or 1991 or 1994 or 1997 or 2001 …Dunn Cab, Karl Lawrence (sometimes reserves are cheap too), Larkmead, 2007 Drinkward Peschon (when young drank like an Araujo, time will tell), 1970 Giscours + many BDX from 81/85/86, Vosne Romanee Lieu Dits from Comte Liger Belair (sadly now way expensive), Volnays from Comte Lafon, etc.
Others: Sometimes Dom or Comtes come in this range, but also vintage Roederer which is quite special. Grand Siecle often can be found around $100.
And I’m totally missing Australia, New Zealand, most of Italy…the choice is endless. So do I want 4 bottles of cab or a case of some of these?