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A 2001 red wine to keep for years to come?

justagrape May 18, 2008 10:32 AM

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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    brandygirl RE: justagrape May 18, 2008 12:05 PM

    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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      justagrape RE: brandygirl May 20, 2008 07:06 AM

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

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        dinwiddie RE: brandygirl May 20, 2008 08:31 AM

        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. njfoodies RE: justagrape May 20, 2008 08:04 AM

        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. ChefJune RE: justagrape May 20, 2008 08:36 AM

          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. invinotheresverde RE: justagrape May 20, 2008 08:49 AM

            Justagrape, what's your budget?

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              justagrape RE: invinotheresverde May 22, 2008 02:17 PM

              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.

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              Chicago Mike RE: justagrape May 22, 2008 06:19 PM

              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.

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                whiner RE: justagrape May 23, 2008 11:47 AM


                It will be exactly at its peak in 3 years and stay at its peak for another 5 after that.

                A lot of stores have the 2001 La Spinetta Barolo Campe for about $90 which will just begin hitting its stride in about 2011 and will probably be at its best until nearly 2021, or perhaps even longer.

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                  2FlyingYorkies RE: justagrape May 24, 2008 07:38 AM

                  We also got married in 2001 and are collecting bottles for future anniversaries. We've purchased all of these bottles in the last two years. Here's what we have so far that will fit your aging requirements and then some:

                  2001 Domain Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage
                  2001 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline
                  2001 E. Guigal Hermitage Ex Voto
                  2001 Chateau Haut Brion
                  2001 Elderton Shiraz Single Vineyard Command

                  2001 Chateau d'Yquem
                  2001 Toni Jost Bacharacher Hahn Riesling TBA
                  2001 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer-Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese

                  You've already gotten great advice on which regions to look in, but I thought you might like a list of some specific wines that have been available recently. We picked up several Brunellos as well, but I don't know that they're "special" enough to save specifically for anniversaries.

                  1. SteveTimko RE: justagrape May 24, 2008 08:55 AM

                    Bandol. Get a half case of Tempier La Cabassaou and you'll be drinking a bottle on your 50th wedding anniversary. The stuff is built to age. Tempier Migoua and La Tourtine are good, too
                    I don't see any on Wine Searcher. But I do see some Pibarnon. It's a first tier Bandol.

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                      ChefJune RE: SteveTimko May 24, 2008 07:53 PM

                      imho, Pibarnon is good, but it is not in the same class as any Tempier.

                      I would search Domaine Tempier out, if you are looking for great Bandol, especially for cellaring.

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