Many wine collectors, myself included, have the romantic notion of buying a case of wine from their child’s birth year to give them upon their 21st birthday. I’m not going to get into the wisdom of giving a 21 year old first growth Bordeaux, but I do like the thought of having some fun bottles on hand to open at birthday dinners, graduations, weddings, etc.
To be included in a “birth year” case a wine needs to be able to age gracefully over 20 or more years. For this particular case, I’m not going to include more than two wines from a single region, and none of the wines will cost more than $100.
I’ve started with the 2009 vintage as all these wines should currently be available via retail:
- 2009 Pavie Macquin – Region: Bordeaux, Score: Wine Spectator 95, Price: $80
- 2009 Calon Segur – Region: Bordeaux, Score: Wine Advocate 94, Price: $99
- 2009 Antinori Tignanello – Region: Tuscany, Score: WA 94, Price: $80
- 2009 Joh. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese – Region: Mosel, Score: WS 96, Price: $45
- 2009 Beaucastel – Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Score: WS 96, Price: $75
- 2009 Pegau – Region: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Score: WS 95, Price: $70
- 2009 Roumier Chambolle-Musigny – Region: Burgundy, Score: WA 90, Price: $99
- 2009 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Palengat Vineyard – Region: Washington, Score: WA 96, Price: $90
- 2009 Caymus Special Selection – Region: Napa Valley, Score: WS 93, Price: $99
- 2009 Huët Vouvray Moelleux 1ère Trie Clos du Bourg – Region: Loire, Score: WS 96, Price: $70
- 2009 Chateau Suduiraut – Region: Sauternes, Score: WS 96, Price: $90
- 2009 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port – Region: Port, Score: WS 94, Price: $80
There you have it! Other wines that have yet to be released from Dunn and Clerico would make great additions to this case as well.
What wines have you cellared for your children born in the banner year of 2009?
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