Spotlight on the Reserve Room!
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Chateau Petrus, Pomerol, Bordeaux, 1994
From one of the world’s most renowned vineyards come this elegant and powerful Bordeaux. The soils at Petrus are almost all clay, making for the perfect conditions for growing the best Merlot in the world. With 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and an average vine age of 35 years, this wine has the longevity to reach decades of age. However, after ageing in 100% new French oak for 22 to 28 months this wine is eminently smooth and drinkable as early as 10 years into its life, unlike some other more Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeauxs. Chateau Petrus is a very small plot of vines on the right bank of Bordeaux producing only an average of 2,300 cases per year. Its rarity and quality make it a perfect investment and a delicious wine overall. This is what Robert Parker had to say about the 1994 Chateau Petrus:
“Opaque purple/black in color, with a sweet vanilla, pain grillee, jammy cherry and cassis-scented nose, this full-bodied, densely packed wine reveals layers of flavor, and an inner-core of sweetness with huge quantities of glycerin and depth. A tannic, classic style of Petrus, with immense body, great purity, and a backward finish, this wine requires a decade of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035.” – Robert Parker, Wine Advocate
Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, La Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, Cotes de Nuits, Burgundy, 1988
This wine needs no introduction. From the legendary vineyard of Romanee-Conti in Burgundy comes the original grand cru. Producing a paltry 450 cases on average, the domaine hand selects the grapes from their grand cru estate, utilizing natural yeasts, the wines ferment with as little human interaction as possible. Then, to top it all off, they are aged in entirely new oak. These wines have a depth and elegance that dwarfs other Burgundies stemming from the terrior so crucial to the estate. In the words of Aubert de Vallaine, Domaine de la Romanee-Conti’s head winemaker, the estate is “a perfect eco-system” for fine wine production. “The drainage, the pedology, the depth of the soil, the microbiological activity and the way the air moves are all part of that. That’s the miracle of Burgundy.” Though we also have some amazing selections of aged Romanee-Conti Echezaux, St. Vivant, and Richbourg, this is the jewel of our reserve room. In 2014 the 1988 vintage of La Romanee-Conti fetched prices at Christie’s auction house in London and Hong Kong for excess of $14,000 to $17,000 per bottle and were the top four selling fine wines through Christie’s of that year.
Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, 1990
This wine from the infamous second growth Chateau Pichon Longueville house on the left bank of Bordeaux never fails to impress. With a respectable 45% Cabernet, 35% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Petit Verdot, the 1990 vintage of Comtesse de Lalande is powerful and focused, with a finesse and elegance typical of the house. Arguably one of the best vintages in Bordeaux of the twentieth century, 1990 will go down in history. With the longevity to stand the test of time, the Comtesse de Lalande can be ready to drink now, or hold on to it for another decade! This is what Jancis Robinson had to say about the Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande 1990 vintage:
” Very dark blackish crimson. Notably aromatic, even a hint of herbaceousness on this bottle. Lovely balance and spread of mellow aromas. Tannins fully molten. Quite delicate for a 1990. Quite fresh enough on the finish. Subtle with a hint of tarmacadam. Lots of pleasure. Neat.” – Jancis Rabinson (Reviewed September 2010)