Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Wine Splurge Update

Back in January I lamented my past wine splurge results. Many of you commented with excellent suggestions, some of which I wound up using for Splurge 2007. Yeah, just like the NY State legislature, my budget comes out later than it's supposed to. But the good news is that I had a little more to spend than the $400 that I originally planned on. More like $550.

In the end I decided to go with what I love, what I know will make me incredibly excited and happy on the day I open it. So I bought one magnum of 1979 Veuve-Clicquot La Grande Dame for $525 and there you have it.

What, I can't play games with you on April Fool's Day?

C'mon folks, I didn't buy that wine. I stuck with Burgundy and grower Champagne. I couldn't bring myself to splurge yet on Syrah or on Italian or German wines. I have to spend more time understanding the everyday versions before jumping into the major leagues. Very few people can successfully go from single A ball right to the majors.

So here is what I got, in order of price (most expensive to least) and your comments praising or lambasting me are most welcome:

2005 Ghislaine Barthod Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Beaux Bruns
2005 Louis Boillot Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers
2005 Louis Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnets

2002 Jose Dhont Champagne Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Mes Vieille Vignes
2002 Diebolt-Vallois Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs
2000 Lassaigne Champagne Brut Nature Montgueux
1999 Billiot Champagne Grand Cru Brut

I'm pretty psyched, indeed. Now, who'd like to lay bets on how long I can keep my hands off of these beauties?


Lyle Fass said...

Barthod can do no wrong especially in 2005. I have read many great things about Boillot in 2005, Barthod's husband so it should be easy to lay your hands off those. They are impossible to drink and appreciate now. The champers should be harder. That Dhondt is amazing stuff as is Billiot. I like DV too. Good Splurge.

I bought a Salamanzar of Yellowtail Verdelho 2007. Lucky me.

Anonymous said...

So what are you saying with that baseball analogy? You're not the A-Rod of wine tasting???

I hope you enjoy them all.

David McDuff said...

Looks like a great bunch 'o' splurge, Neil. I just nabbed a bottle of the '02 Diebolt myself.

Somehow I imagine the Champagnes are going to be calling to you sooner than the Burgs.

Anonymous said...

I concur with Mr. Fass on the Barthod. Hide it and taste it in 10 years or so. Her wines are meant to age. I don't have as much experience with her husband's wines so I can't comment there.

The Champagnes are should be interesting too. I've been meaning to squirrel away a few of the '02 Diebolt-Vallois but keep blowing my wad on Riesling, traditionalist Barolo, Vouvray petillant, Gruner Veltliner, and Plousard. Life's about hard choices.


peter said...

Yup- leave the 05's alone as long as you can stand it. The others... maybe sooner.

All good choices, and no Bordeaux!

Brooklynguy said...

no way i'm touching those 3 Burgs for quite some time. the Champs may not fare as well though. shouldn't i be allowed to taste one of them?

peter said...

ALL of them. Life is short. Um, maybe save one for whenever we get together, though. You know, in the name of responsible cellar stewardship.

Anonymous said...

I'm just catching up on my blog reading, sorry I missed the April fools day fun...

I returned from Burgundy a few weeks ago after an exhausting tour. A visit to Barthod/Boillot confirms what you already know, keep those 2005's in the cellar until it hurts.

On the bright side, next year we are going to get some amazing 2006's that are as interesting as anything I have tasted in a long time.

Thanks for the great writing.