Happy New Year all. Today being such a day of reflection of what was and will be - a cause for joy and fulfilled wishes (or is it unfulfilled wishes ?).
A simple question to all my fellow wine nuts who spend way to much time and treasure on this hobby - What “wines” do you strive to have the ability to taste in 2021? The ability to obtain a wine is certainly easy with the internet ever so present - but - if you don’t have a wine in your cellar or in a friends cellar how will you ultimately know if it will be a sound representative bottle? I will define “wines” as a very good example no matter how old of a wine from a winery that you’d like to get the essence of and know better. Sure - you can say Romanee Conti if you want to go big - the size of the $ amount does not make it a more interesting choice IMHO. Once we’re all able to gather together - I imagine this question can better inform you and your friends for future sharing of wine at dinner or around a table with friends. I’ll list my wishes below - Red wine, White wine (Champagne, etc all included), and Dessert wine.
Yes, I hope to know what you would like to try so if I have it in my cellar - I can bring to the next time we hopefully can share wine together .
For me personally,
RED WINE: I’ve been eternally interested in getting to know the essence of what Le Pin from Bordeaux is all about - a good vintage or not - what makes these wines so special… If you have a good bottle in your cellar I’ll bring a nice bottle of Montrachet to pair it with .
WHITE WINE: I’d love to get to know what a properly aged northern Rhone white from Chave or Chapoutier can blossom into after 30+ years of proper aging. I’ve heard that hitting these wines at the right time is a magical experience. I have the patience to wait for the ones already resting here at home - but - that’s 10+ years from now .
DESSERT WINE: I’d love to see what a truly magnificent properly aged TBA from a good vintage can taste like - think 50+ years old or so. Magical elixir? Winery or domaine doesn’t matter really…
I hit Le Pin last night and DRC earlier this year. Gentaz really is that one, elusive wine that I would love to try. I assume it is cut from the same cloth as Verset and Juge. AD, I have lots of Juge, come cycling with me and we pop one!
My most fervent wish is that, the day Covid becomes an unpleasant memory, I manage to find myself surrounded by generous people who will directly assist me in the ‘classic wine education’ I never had. I’m fortunate enough that it has already happened a few times.
Petrus - I think a have a few you could enjoy! Barolo - you should be asking for an '89, '90, or '96 red label of some sort - I think I could help with this also . d’Auvenay - can’t help and this. I’ve gotten to try a few here and there and would love to try more - like you. Happy New Year Buzz!
2021 is the year I hope to drink more bone dry Rieslings, chalky Cabs and nervier Zinfandels. I might come back to PN, but the immediate urge hasn’t returned. Maybe the odd austere Chardonnay or Chablis?
Can’t help with Juge but I’m sure we could find a few here on the board . Got to try the '05 Juge a couple years ago - a massive wine still. Some of the best from Keller could be reachable in 2021 for you.