Yes, people into wine are almost impossible to shop for because you, a normal person, don’t have all that much time and inclination to devote to wine.
But if the wine person in your life truly appreciates fine wine and is not one of those nouveau snobs seeking out high-priced, faux-cult wines for bragging rights, then this buying tip is for you.
One online wine site I follow regularly comes up with spectacular, out of the ordinary choices, wines that are excellent but not your mainstream wines. Wines that hit the WOW factor and will have people asking,”where did you find that?”
On December 15, it offered:
2014 CLOS DU MOULIN AUX MOINES, SAINT-ROMAIN, Cote de Beaune. This is a super red Burgundy from an unusual, make that esoteric place. Authentic, fabulous French Burgundy.
Another unusual wine offered earlier the week was the 2004 Morgon Domaine Calot, Vieilles Vignes
A wonderful Morgon like this at 15 years old would surprise and delight even the most jaded wine lover.
I also appreciate the fact that sommselect provides a ton of background information while avoiding the hype and silly comments found on most wine websites.
For instance, here’s what they say about that 2004 Morgon:
“We were shocked when they revealed this small stash of 2004, even more so when they told us why they were holding it back—because of sediment! They didn’t think customers and restaurants would want it! Well, we checked a bottle overseas and one more when it arrived at our warehouse. It’s exactly where any 15-year-old, unfined, unfiltered Burgundy would be! To avoid the little that is there, stand the bottle upright 24 hours prior to opening and then carefully decant (stopping when you see the “smoke,” or wisps of sediment) for about 15 minutes before serving at 60 degrees in Burgundy stems.”
“It has entered its peak drinking window but still has lots to offer over the next several years.”
Finally, these two examples and most wines from www.sommselect.com are reasonably priced. Reasonable to me means under $100 a bottle. Way under.
The Morgon is $30 a bottle with free shipping on 4.
So while others looking for great wines to buy are frantically going over lists and trying to make sense out of vintages and point scores, relax, go to www.sommselect.com and then buy something for yourself.