Mature vintages: French icons for your cellar

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iDealwine has picked out ready-to-drink vintages of the finest cuvées France has to offer: top up your cellar with these vinous delights.

Let’s start with the Bordeaux region and its magnificent wines such as the Château Mouton-Rothschild 1981 or the Tour de Marbuzet 2006, that can wait a few more years in your cellar. iDealwine has also unearthed the breathtaking 2008 vintage Château du Tertre and a Château Lynch-Bages 2009, 5ème grand cru classé of the Medoc. If you’re looking for a refined, ready-to-drink wine, with well-integrated tannin, enjoy a Château Margaux 1981 or the Château Pavie-Decesse 1986.

To complete your cellar or to enjoy soon, look to Burgundy and its fine wines such as Corton-Charlemagne 1995 from domain Grivelet, the 1990 Clos-de-la-Roche from domain Peirazeau-Groffier or Gevrey-Chambertin 1998 from domain Chandesais. The 1993 Clos de Vougeot from L’Héritier Guyot will be perfect to enjoy today, paired with game. If you are looking for wines to leave in your cellar for a few more decades, try Joseph Bouchin’s Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche 2007 or Henri de Villamont’s Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru 2005.

The good aging potential of Rhone Valley wines also makes them a great investment for the next ten to twenty years. iDealwine recommends the 2009 Réserve des Célestins from Henri Bonneau & Fils (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) to leave in your cellar for another five to ten years. If you want to enjoy some of the region’s superb wines today, discover the 1998 Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage, Eric Rocher’s Saint-Joseph 2009 or Gabriel Meffre’s Côte-Rôtie 2000.

Take the time to linger on slightly less known but no less interesting appellations of the Loire Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon or Jura. You’ll be surprised by gems such as the Coteaux-du-Loir Vieilles Vignes scattered from Domaine de Bellivière, Côtes-du-Roussillon Vieilles Vignes 2009 from domain Gauby or the Côteaux-du-Languedoc Syrah Léone 2005 from Peyre-Rose. The 1972 Rivesaltes from domain Casenobe or the 1962 Banyuls from Domaine Pietri Geraud are absolute beauties to keep – for as long as you want! – in your cellar and to enjoy with a walnut pie or spicy Asian cuisine. Similarly, the marvelous Côtes-du-Jura Vin de Paille 1990 from the Caveau des Jacobins will awaken your senses now or in several decades.

At iDealwine, champagne has a special place in our hearts – and in our glasses – and this month we can’t wait to get our hands on the cuvées Charles de Gaulle and Millésime Exception 2008 from Drappier or Cristal 2004 from Louis Roederer.

See all the wines from our selection of mature vintages

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