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Jun 21, 2010 02:36 PM

Wine as Wedding Gift - What will be good in 1, 5, and 10 years?

Hi! I'm not a wine drinker, but my brother and soon-to-be sister-in-law love it. I want to get them 3 bottles of wine as a wedding gift - one to be opened on their 1st anniversary, one on their 5th, and one on their 10th. They'll prefer white, and my brother enjoys a buttery flavor. Any suggestions for each of the 3 anniversaries will be greatly appreciated! (And please be specific as I'm embarassingly clueless!)


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  1. First, do they have appropriate storage ?

    If they don't, forget about it and just give them a bottle bought from a reputable vendor in a year, in 5 years and in 10 years. or give them a heck of a good bottle now. (Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, ... )

    If they do, then go Burgundy. or other world chardonnay equivalent. or go for a sweeter wine like sauterne or Coteaux du Layon, or late harvest riesling, ...

    or sometihng different like a Vin Jaune.

    1. As Max said, if they don't have a wine cellar or wine lockers there's no point in buying long-term agers. Also, you need to find out what they like. I, for instance, am in that minority of wine lovers who don't like cabernet sauvignon.
      Sparkling wines are usually good choices. Something like an older Huet can be purchased now relatively inexpensively and it will hold for 10 years easily.

        1. Faced with similar circumstances many years ago, I offered up a half-case of Taylor-Fladgate 1985 Vintage Port. This couple had a cellar, so there was no issue there. They did a bottle, when they returned from the wedding festivities and a trip up the CA Coast in a rented Alpha Spyder. Every 10 years, they have had a bottle, and it is getting better. Now, the wine-porn writers had projected it as the VP of the century, and it failed, but it has still been good.


          1. 1 yr-Domaine de la Folie - Rully - 1er Cru - Clos de Saint-Jacques
            5 yr-Kistler Chardonnay Les Noisetiers
            10yr-Domaine Edmond Cornu et Fils-Meursault

            Ask your local wine guy but prepare to drop some cash.

            2 Replies
            1. re: Carmelizedbunions

              Is the Meursault red or white? Most Meursault is white that I know of, maybe all, and given Burgundy's oxidation problems that's kind of a crapshoot, isn't it?

              1. re: SteveTimko

                Good point, definitely a crapshoot but much like aging any wine. Spieker said they prefer white so white Mersault. Also mentioned them liking a buttery quality and in that flavor realm aged Mersault is king. Certainly a premier cru like Les Charmes from a quality producer like Coche Dury or Lafon is capable of going at least ten years. But once again plan on dropping some serious cash.