What milestones are you celebrating this year? Since iDealwine has been going for 20 years now, it’s the perfect moment to rediscover the finest 2000 vintages. Make the most of this unique sale to discover the anniversary vintages that mean something to you. From 1930-2010, you’re spoilt for choice!
Let’s go back in time to discover the finest decade-opening vintages. Lovers of especially mature labels might want to turn to the natural sweet wines that we so admire. It is difficult not to give in to the profound charm and complexity of Château Sisqueille’s Rivesaltes which, despite its age – having been produced in 1930 – has not lost any of its remarkable freshness. The same is true of Domaine Marie which has been resting and evolving since 1940. These true sipping wines should be brought to your table to accompany blue-veined cheese or perhaps a divine pastry dessert.
You know that wonderful moment when you stumble across a forgotten treasure in your cellar? We love it, too. That’s how we just got our hands on a 1950 Château Talbot. This Saint-Julien promises a unique tasting moment in which to enjoy the evolved aromas of Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot (earth, mushrooms, game) and a silky texture. These flavours will make a perfect pairing with game cooked with autumnal vegetables.
1970 also opens the door to discovering some of history’s finest cellaring wines: the grands crus from the 1855 classification. The most prominent, Châteaux Lafite Rothschild and Mouton-Rothschild, are joined here by a noble group – Châteaux Palmer, Ducru-Beaucaillou, and Yquem. More accessible but no less remarkable, Haut-Marbuzet’s Saint-Estèphe certainly deserves a spot among this prestigious crowd.
1980 opens our eyes to the well-affirmed talent of Maison Guigal. But don’t just take our word for it – taste their Côte-Rôtie La Landonne for yourself! And, again, if you like sweet natural wines, the cuvée by Mas Amiel is bound to delight you with its hints of cooked fruit, dried fruit, cacao, and coffee. Having just reached its fortieth year, it would make a perfect gift for a birthday, mothers’ day or fathers’ day.
1990 also takes us on a trip. Celebrate with the vintage Champagnes of Louis Roederer (Cristal) and Bollinger (Vieilles Vignes Françaises). Head to Jura to get to know the specialities of vin jaune and straw wine. Savour the finest Rhône labels, those that only flourish after a long stint in the cellar. Rayas’ Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the south of the region, and Jean-Louis Chave’s Hermitage for some northern representation – how about that?
The year 2000 brought with it a new era, the perfect opportunity to look a bit further to find some of the world’s finest bottles. We are particular fans of the Tokajs from Aszu Escenzia, la crème de la crème of Hungarian wines, as well as Piedmontese Barbaresco, a wonderful introduction to the exceptional character of the region’s star grape variety, Nebbiolo. Tuscany recounts the history of its ‘Super Tuscans’ through Tenuta San Guido’s Bolgheri. And of course we shouldn’t neglect the Douro and its rugged shoreline, home to the powerful vintage Ports from Taylor’s.
As for 2010, its prestige is transcribed here in Raveneau’s sumptuous Chardonnays (Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre), as well as those of Etienne Sauzet (Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru Les Combettes) and Domaine Bonneau du Martray (Corton-Charlemagne). There are also some deep Pinots Noirs from Jacques Prieur (Beaune premier Cru Grèves) and Bruno Clair (Chambertin Clos de Bèze). Why not fall for the finesse of Sancerres Clos de la Néore by Edmond Vatan and Dagueneau or for Clos Rougeard’s Saumur-Brézé?
With such a rich selection, there are so many reasons to celebrate in 2020. We hope you find exactly what you’re looking for!