Replenish the Wine Cellar: 5 Must Have Bottles for Entertaining
Napa Valley. Bordeaux. Rioja, Spain. For a wine connoisseur, these regions represent the best in terroir, that unique combination of geography, geology and climate responsible for creating nuanced and high-class grapes. While regions like Napa Valley, Bordeaux and Tuscany represent the old guard of wine making, new provinces and wine trends are emerging. In other words, ask any wine aficionado and they’ll tell you the terroir is changing. Places like South Africa, Croatia, and Brazil are producing luxury bottles, not to mention the many esteemed micro-vineyards popping up across the United States. However, these newcomers have a ways to go. The best luxury wines are still coming from the traditional regions.
If you’ve let your subscription of Wine Spectator fall by the wayside, don’t deprive your palate of spicy, mineral notes or the subtle aroma of vanilla, currant and acacia blossom. Here are 5 must have luxury bottles of wine for entertaining.
1. Chateau Petrus Pomerol has long been considered one of the best examples of Merlot in the world. The famed vineyard is beautifully situated on the clay soil atop the Pomerol plateau in Bordeaux, France. The terroir is said to create an exceptionally mature and complex grape, and the wine has velvety hints of blackberry, strawberry and raspberry. The Petrus 2007 Pomerol, which is considered the estate’s best, retails at around $2,000.
2. Rare and exalted, the Domaine de la Romanee Conti 2007 La Tache is luxury wine at its finest. The vineyard is in Burgundy, and the soil is known for being rich in iron and limestone. All the vines are at least 44 years old, and the grapes are cultivated organically. The 2007 La Tache sells for $1,850 and is considered the vineyard’s premium bottle.
3. Sassicaia is a legendary wine label. The Italian vineyard has been in operation since 1968. Its wines are 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. The 1975 and 1988 vintages can cost up to $4,000, while the 2008 will set you back about $300.
4. Chateau Moulon Rothschild, a wine estate northwest of Bordeaux owned by the baroness Phillipine Rothschild, has long been a leading name in luxury wine. The 1996 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild Pauillac is an exceptional vintage. It has a dark and complex ruby color. With notes of black cherry, licorice, herbs and mint, this wine is densely structured. It retails for $1,999.
5. The Bryant Family Vineyard is a Napa Valley gem. The 13-acre estate sits atop Pritchard Hill and overlooks Lake Hennessey, and the unique geography creates a well-defined and powerful terroir. The vineyard is recognized for its outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon. The average bottle costs $600.