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Dec 21, 2006 02:25 PM

2006 Bordeaux for aging?

I got married this year, and I would like to buy my husband a bottle of 2006 French Bordeaux to crack open for our tenth anniversary. I'm just starting to learn about wine (I was inspired by Mondovino), and so I was hoping for some advice on what is likely to age well.

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  1. 2005 bordeaux just started presales for delivery in 2008. you'll have to wait at least until late-2007 to even order a bottle of 2006 to get it in mid-2009.

    1. My (experienced!) advice: for the long term, it's with bottles pretty much like with couples and marriage, you need adequate levels of temperature, moisture and vibration. Otherwise, they spoil very easily.

      1. Although expensive, any of the First Growths should age fine if you're looking for just 10 years. Haut Brion, Lafite, Latour, Mouton, Margaux. Several hundred a bottle, but generally excellent. As Zack says, you won't be able to get them until sometime in '09... plenty of time to save money and decide...

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        1. re: woojink

          Actually almost any classified growth Bordeaux would age for 10 years. In fact, I have some cru bourgeois from 1989 that are still drinking beautifully.

          However, as zack said, the 2006 Bordeaux vintage will not be available for even futures purchases until 2008. In fact, the 2006 wines have not been bottled yet, much less for sale. I would look to see what wines are especially good in the 2006 vintage and if you want something to get for your 10th anniversary, pick something that you really like that can age. It really doesn't matter if it is a Bordeaux, Burgandy, Rhone (such as a good Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape), Barolo (Italy) or a California Cabernet (although most of the new style CA Cabs probably are not made to age much more than 10 years). Just pick a wine with a good track record of aging, but most importantly, one that you like.

        2. Your best best would be to buy one in 2016. Then you can check current tasting reports and be sure to get one that's ready to drink rather than too young or over the hill.

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Robert is correct. It will not be difficult to buy an excellent, 10 year old wine, in 2016 for a reasonable price. Actually, taking in opportunity costs, etc. it will probably be much more cost effective. Besides, if it is corked or otherwise spoiled, and you bought it from a reputable merchant, you will be able to take it back and get your money back.