The word ‘best’ has its own meaning when it comes to its use as an adjective for wines. Best could mean best in the olfactory department, or something that’s exactly what you’ve always been looking for. It could mean something that’s reasonably well priced for its superlative taste. Availability (or scarcity) often snatches away points from potentially good wines. It is essential to keep in mind several factors while establishing what you think is the best you’ve tasted…yet.
The Domaine Romanée-Conti (DRC) has oft been donned the crown of one of the best wines in the world. The five acre vineyard was purchased by Prince de Conti in the eighteenth century, and once he dies it was sold to one of Napoleon’s bankers. So, Rome where this illustrious Burgundy wine began its life from infancy and even till date, just a few hundred crates are produced annually. Its taste has floral undertones that is said to have an emotional effect rather than a spin on the intellect. It is sensuous to the point of being evasively seductive. The pocket pinch? £7,500, that’s 11,815.72 US dollars (approximately)
The La Tâche is another Burgundy that makes to the top of any wine lover who’s had the good fortune (literally) of tasting one. It has a blasting endnote and tastes of sticky marzipan and rich undertones of the tannins. It costs about one third of the DRC.
A flavor very different from the previous wine is that of the Le Romanée-Conti which will remind you of the early days of spring; flowers blooming, and if you close your eyes, you might even be able to sense the birds chirping around you! It has undertones of oyster shell, like any good vintage does. Its delicate entry into your mouth will make it a wine to remember for eons.
Chateau d’Yquem is a wine from the Sauternes. It’s a dessert wine that is made in almost every vintage. Its taste is fruity and acidic, unlike the DRC, and is described as ethereal by most wine lovers. It has a long, satisfying finish and a taste that lingers on your tongue while you stare, mesmerized, at the glass that contains it; almost jealous.
Chateau Latour is the shining glory and shows us why Bordeaux has been one of the big guns of the wine industry. This is another wine that attains its true glory after aging in the cellar for a very long time; twenty, if not more years. It has a magical consistency. Patience is what will get you to enjoy this wine!
Luneau-Papin Muscadet Clos des Alees is a Muscadet. It is a wine that is as crisp as it can get. It can be paired with food or cocktails, consumed in any season and therefore, is man’s second best friend! You can find white wines much dearer; however this will keep pulling you back to itself. It costs about $15 (win win)
Echézeaux greets your nose with fruity …