Thursday, January 21, 2010

February Classics Catalogue

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Here we go again, the first Classics Catalogue release of 2010. A surprise to me - I wasn't expecting there to be one until at least May. A focus on 2004 Brunello, although as my last post suggested, I'm far from eagar to put more Tuscan wines in my cellar. Especially since the prices are quite ludicrous, and the cloud over Brunello di Montalcino has yet to be lifted.

Besides the usual overpriced Bordeaux (2006 Cheval Blanc for $1099? 2006 Ausone for $1299???!!!), there's also an impressive range of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti being offered. Prices are extravagant, bottle count is low. 2006 Échézeaux is $310, 2006 Grands Échézeaux is $500, 2006 La Tâche is $800, Richebourg is $765, 2006 Romanée-St-Vivant is $780, and Vosne-Romanée is at $780. Mind-numbing prices, all. I have no doubt that these wines are once-in-a-lifetime special, but you have to question the sanity of whoever buys a $700 bottle. You understand that you drink wine, and then piss it, right?

I'm really interested in finding out who buys these wines. The bottles being offered are miniscule - 71 bottles of La Tâche, 35 for all the others.

Really, you've got to ask yourself - is any wine worth that much? Wine is meant to be drunk and to be shared, but is it even possible with DRC anymore? Are you really going to just bring out a bottle over dinner with friends? I try my best not to be precious about my wines, but if I had a $700+ bottle, I'm not going to be sharing. You'd have to prove your worth (palate and knowledge-wise) to me first. And that goes against everything that wine stands for. And that's very sad.

DF

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