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May 18, 2008 10:32 AM

A 2001 red wine to keep for years to come?

I should have done this a long time ago, but I want to find a good red from the year 2001 to hold on to as a wedding anniversary wine. I'd like to have one to open in 2011 for the 10th year and perhaps keep one longer for future anniversaries. We really like pinots and cabs, but also enjoy many other types of reds, so that is wide open. Any suggestions out there? Thanks so much!

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  1. I posted a request for suggestions on a $50-75 bottle to buy and hold. A few responders mentioned these from 2001:

    Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino
    Pio Cesare Barolo
    Torre Muga, Rioja
    a Ribera del Duero

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    1. re: brandygirl

      Thanks for the suggestions, I will have to check those out.

      1. re: brandygirl

        Your best bets are going to be wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape or a Brunello di Montalcino. To that end I'd also add to the previous suggestions:

        Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo
        Clos des Papes Chateauneuf-du-Pape
        Château La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape
        Argiano Brunello di Montalcino
        Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf-du-Pape

        Among the Bordeaux to consider, if you don't want to spend what it will cost to get a first growth (which can be unbeliveable in both quality and price)

        Chateau Giscours Margaux
        Chateau Leoville Barton St.-Julien
        Chateau Brane-Cantenac Margaux
        Chateau Haut-Bages-Liberal Pauillac
        Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot St.-Emilion (one of my favorite Bordeauxs)

        All of these wines should be available for a reasonable price (if you can find them at all) and were made in fairly large quantities.

      2. Although 2001 wasn't the best vintage for Bordeaux, any of the first growths would be a great recommendation. But if if I were you, I'd hold onto those until your 20th..... -mJ

        1. 2001 was also a good year for red burgundy (Pinot Noir). The Grand and Premier Crus are pretty pricy, but if you're a fan of these wines, it's a great year to put down.

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              Originally I was thinking <$100, but right now I'm trying to gather as much info on what is out there and get a better idea of how they are priced. It will also depend on how many I want to put away. I'm willing to spend a little more if I know I will be keeping it for a long time.

              Thanks for the suggestions everyone, this has been helpful.

            2. Hi Just....

              Given that the 2001 vintage has "come and gone" off alot of the shelves, you're going to find alot of remaining bottles being progressively priced higher and higher...

              For VALUE in a great 2001 red wine, I don't think you can beat the Riojas and Riberas... look for riservas and gran riservas from this phenomenal vintage.

              This said, if you're open minded to great long-lived wines of the 2001 vintage, a bottle of 2001 Sauternes would be my first choice and the non-trophy '01s are still reasonably priced relative to the quality IMO.