John Szabo’s VINTAGES Preview – Dec 8, 2018

John Szabo’s Vintage’s Preview December 8th: Best of the Old World

By John Szabo, MS, with notes from David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato

John Szabo, MS

John Szabo, MS

The last Vintages release of the year offers some superb opportunities for collectors, including arguably the best Solaia yet made by Antinori, a terrific Amarone blended from Guerrieri Rizzardi’s top three crus, and a vintage champagne from Moët that’s less than a third the price of their own Dom Pérignon, but every bit as much wine. It’s also sweet and fortified wine season, and we’ve recommended a brilliant port from the now-legendary 2000 Vintage to drink or cellar indefinitely, plus a cracking Sauternes for those foie gras moments. Value seekers shouldn’t miss the sharp $12.95 white from the cool Transylvanian highlands based on local hero Feteasca Regala, while those aspiring to the great Tuscan reds of Tenuta San Guido or the Rhônes of Jean-Louis Chave can get in on excellent entry points into those respective portfolios. Read on for details. The WineAlign crü wishes you a wonderful holiday season filled with memorable bottles and moments!

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December 8th Buyer’s Guide: Old World White and Sparkling

Moët & Chandon 2009 Grand Vintage Extra Brut Champagne, France ($91.95)
John Szabo – 2009 is an exceptional year for Moët’s Grand Vintage, and for value, outperforms many prestige cuvées, including Moët’s own Dom Pérignon. It’s an intensely toasty-autolytic champagne in the house style, delivering a nose-full of smoke and wet stone, honey, French onion soup, certainly very savoury and earthy. The palate is full and rich, saturated with flavour and with excellent length, finishing on beef consommé (appealing) flavours. Terrific balance, concentration and complexity.…


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That’s all for this report. See you around the next bottle.

John Szabo, MS

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