The new arrivals of old vintages at iDealwine are simply beautiful! From 1985 to 2012, you’re spoilt for choice. Lacking inspiration? Follow us to discover regions with a reputation established for centuries such as Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône, or join us on a tour of more discreet vineyards. Languedoc, Roussillon, Alsace and Northern Italy are all hidden treasures, too.
Bordeaux and its vintage effect
Who has never heard of Bordeaux’s vintage effect? It has to be said that in this region, being subject to the humid influence of the Atlantic Ocean, the properties must redouble their vigilance in order not to suffer from the pressure of certain diseases such as mildew. Fortunately, some spectacular years produce wines of rare quality and longevity. This is the case of the year 1990, which is featured here through the wines of the châteaux Grand Puy Lacoste, Pichon Longueville Baron and Doisy-Daëne. In the 2000 vintage, you will find wines from Chasse-Spleen, a wine that has all the makings of a grand cru classé, and Château Giscours. 2005 shines thanks to Labégorce-Zédé, 2009 thanks to the elegant Figeac and, finally, 2010 thanks to the meditative Château Rieussec.
Burgundy, synonymous with rarity
As you know, Burgundy is a victim of a rarity that accentuates its prestige. So don’t hesitate to take advantage of this unique opportunity to buy these old vintages, so rare to find elsewhere! For reds, Jean-Louis Trapet awaits you with a 2002 Chambertin and a 2006 Gevrey-Chambertin, Georges Roumier with a 1985 Chambolle-Musigny and Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier with a 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Maréchale. For the whites, turn to the Auxey-Duresses Les Boutonniers 2006 from the prestigious Domaine d’Auvenay, Raveneau’s Chablis and the Meursault 1er cru Perrières 2011 from Jacques Prieur.
Rhône wines, made to be kept
Endowed with an exceptional ageing potential, Rhône cuvées charm wine lovers with their power, their persistence and their sometimes almost animal profile. A small selection? Jamet‘s 2008 Côte-Rôtie, Rayas‘ 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gangloff‘s 2012 Condrieu and Jean-Louis Chave‘s 2011 Saint Joseph.
Languedoc, the real rising star
Don’t ignore this great wine-producing region with character and ageing potential, which boasts beautiful terroirs in interesting appellations like the Coteaux du Languedoc. There you will find the Marlène n°3 2011 from Peyre-Rose. Don’t miss the IGP Pays d’Hérault 2006 from La Grange des Pères, a way to taste the work of a now-defunct winemaker.
Not far away, in the Roussillon, the flagship signature of Clos des Fées, La Petite Sibérie, is offered to you in its 2004 vintage.
The great wines of Alsace
A more confidential region, but one with centuries-old know-how, Alsace is cherished by aficionados of white wines of character, sometimes sweet, and made from one of the 51 regional grands crus. How about Trimbach‘s 2009 Vendanges Tardives Pinot Gris or Zind-Humbrecht’s 2010 Clos Windsbuhl Riesling? Otherwise, why not be generous and treat yourself to a magnum of 2003 Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris, also from Zind-Humbrecht?
Friuli-Venezia Giulia, the Italy that rises in our hearts
Let’s not go without mentioning Italy, which is taking a growing place in the hearts of our team. One wine will catch your eye: Giulia Gravner’s IGT Venezia Anfora 2011, a stunning blend of Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling Italico which, as its name suggests, was fermented in amphorae and aged in barrels for three to five years.