A Wine Wish List To Make Santa Cry

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With the holidays upon us, it makes me think of Christmas and my wish lists of yore.  It also makes me ponder how my adult list would look.  I thought about it and thought about.  As an avowed oenophile, I decided that my wish list would be filled with amazing wines from around the world. The only drawback to my wishlist is that you might only get them if Santa had a very good year.

  • 1995 Krug, Clos d’Abonnay, Brut Champagne (Champagne, France).  Krug soars to the very heights of the Champagne world. Many believe, it’s as near to perfect as you can get.
  • 1999 Egon Muller, Sharzhofberger, Spatlese Riesling (Mosel, Germany). This wine comes from one of the best vineyards in the Mosel, which is saying something. The winery is known for it’s outstanding quality and the prices reflect that. A beautiful wine.
  • 2002 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue, Musigny Blanc, Grand Cru (Burgundy, France). One of the few Chardonnays that are allowed to be produced in Musigny. The rest of the space is allocated to Burgundy’s other famous grape, the Pinot Noir.
  • 2002 Joseph Drouhin Marquis de Laquiche, Montrachet, Grand Cru (Burgundy, France). Famed Chardonnay (with a kiss of oak) have been coming out of Montrachet for centuries. The Laquiche family owned large tracts of the land in Montrachet until it was seized from them during the times of the Napoleonic reforms. This wine comes from the parcel of land that they were later able to recover. It’s drinking history.
  • 1995 Nicolas Joly, Chateau de la Roche, Clos de la Coulee de Serrant, Savennieres (Loire Valley, France). Nicolas Joly is a pioneer and leading expert on the biodynamic wine movement (whose requirements put organic winemaking to shame). The Savennieres is a sweet Chenin Blanc made from the most celebrated growing area for Chenin Blanc – Coulée de Serrant.
  • 1961 Paul Jaboulet Aine, Hermitage “La Chapelle” (Northern Rhone, France). A case of this wine was recently the most expensive wine sold in Los Angles, clocking in with a price of $252,000 or $21,000 per bottle. This rare wine is a 100% Syrah, which should be just about hitting it’s peak.
  • 1997 Tenuta Dell’ Ornellaia “MASSETO” (Tuscany, Italy). One of the top producers of Super Tuscans, which are essentially wines made in the Bordeaux style wtih Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot). Masseto is 100% Merlot and rivals the best wines coming out of the Right Bank of Bordeaux. This is a highly sought after wine with a 2005 Salmanazar (a bottle containing 12 750 ml bottles) selling for $33,600.
  • 1994 Vega Sicilia “UNICO” (Ribera del Duero, Spain). One of the wineries that helped put Spain on the map. This stunner from the Ribera del Duero is made with a blend of grapes consisting of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec and is aged for at least 10 years before it’s released. The 1994 is truly an amazing year.
  • 2000 Chateau Le Pin, Pomerol (Bordeuax France). Consistently among the most expensive wines in the world. This highly sought wine is 100% Merlot.
  • 1975 Chateau D’Yquem, Sauternes (Bordeaux France). Arguably the best sweet wine in the world from a stunning vintage. A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc infected with noble rot.

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