Friday, July 11, 2008

Assembling verticals

I have loyalty. It's a trait that I really admire, and one that I really try to adhere to. So it goes without saying that there are several wine producers that I'm loyal to, and whose wines I'll keep trying to buy.

Currently, there are 4 estates whose wines I'm buying with every release. Two are from Bordeaux, the third is from Champagne, and the fourth is a Rioja.

The oldest bottle of claret I've drank is a 1986 Ch. La Lagune, AC Haut Medoc, Troisieme Cru. I've always felt a connection to this estate. So far, I have the 2004, 2005, and 2006 vintages. The 2006 I have yet to receive, as I bought them last year as futures. Regardless of price, I'll be buying the 2007 en primeur. Hopefully, I'll be able to build a nice vertical.

From the right bank, I really love Ch. L'Arrosee. I've drank the 1992 vintage, which was quite spectacular. So elegant. I have in my cellar the 2003, 2005, and 2006 vintages. I'm waiting for LCBO to release the 2004 vintage and I'll also be purchasing the 2007 en primeur.

I've always been trying to pick up every vintage bottle of Pol Roger Champagne. I have the 1996 and 1999. It's something about Champagne that really excites me. Maybe it's the bubbles, but it's also the intensity and focus of the wines. It just embodies pleasure and celebration.

Rioja has always been one of my favourite red wine regions outside of Bordeaux. A producer I've been following is Bodegas Lan. I have the 1999 Reserva, the 2000 Gran Reserva, and the 2001 Reserva. Obviously, it'd be ideal if every vintage was a Gran Reserva, but it's just not the case. They make elegant wines, which I think age wonderfully.

So there you have it. Maybe as I go on, I'll find other producers that I really love, but for now, these are the ones that I'll be working on.

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