As opposed to “crowd pleasers,” wines that nearly any palate can appreciate, truly incredible and more often than not, rare wines come at a premium, due to limited bottling runs, age, or historical value. Although one could easily name a host of incredible wines from France, Italy, Spain, the United States, or any of the world’s other wine-producing regions, I have chosen to spotlight a few examples from a wine-centric dinner party I had the pleasure of attending.
Some guests began with a 2002 F.X. Pichler Smaragd Dürnsteiner Kellerberg Grüner Veltliner from Austria, an assertive white with excellent minerality and a bright finish. Moving on, we opened a 2004 M. Chapoutier L’Ermite from the France’s Rhône Valley, as well as a bottle of 1978 Remoissenet Père & Fils Richebourg. This delectable Burgundian red is 100 percent pinot noir and hails from the Côte de Nuits. Paired wonderfully with the meal, we enjoyed two grand cru Burgundies, a 2001 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier Musigny, and a 2001 Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue Bonnes-Mares. Another stand out bottle to compliment dinner, the 1989 Haut-Brion truly encapsulated modern Bordeaux style at its best. What distinguishes these wines as “great?” I doubt that any person asked would provide the same answer. Even so, when every element of a wine’s character from nose to finish holds in balance, that wine likely deserves recognition as excellent in every regard.
About the Author:
With nearly three decades of experience in his field, Wilfred Van Gorp, PhD, currently serves as an Adjunct Professor/Faculty at Fordham University, New York Medical College, and Argosy University.