Although we can all rest assured that the world will not end on Friday–as predicted by the Mayans and other doomsdayers—we here at the Millésima office in Bordeaux began to discuss – if the world were ending tomorrow, what wine would you drink tonight?
With a heated debate in the office and opinions flying we thought we’d take a look at Decanter Magazine’s list of “100 Wines to Try Before You Die.” While a large chunk of the wines that made the list are, of course, the extremely rare- if almost extinct – vintages from the 1920’s, late 40’s and 50’s. Here are two fantastic wines, worthy of an end of the world celebration!
Die Another Day– Champagne
No celebration is complete without champagne, and Bollinger 1996, R.D. is truly a champagne fit for the most heroic. As James Bond’s favourite champagne, it stands as the ultra-prestige of the Maison Bollinger. For these vintages, the Maison Bollinger allows time to fulfil its work, enabling aromas to reach a fuller expression, and letting its structure to gain precision and a patina of age. Also, thanks to a very light dosage, the deepest truth of the wine comes to light, through the natural expression of an exceptional freshness, along with a free exacerbation of the aromas. The 1996 vintage is ripe with fresh acidity and delivers delicious notes of citrus and toast with an enticing effervesce.Experience Bollinger
Chassagne-Montrachet – Heavenly Chardonnays
Situated deep in the heart of Burgundy, Olivier Leflaive and his wines truly embody the core values of the Burgundian way of life and their exquisite wines as expressed in their family motto “We learn Respect from the Vine, Modesty from the Wine.” Although the Decanter article chose Olivier Leflaive’s Le Montrachet 1996 vintage, we all preferred his Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru “Les Chaumées” 1998 vintage. Possessing an impeccable balance, aromas of candied lime and lemon are complemented by notes of acacia and hits of grapefruit. The Chassagne-Montrachet terroir produces some of the most expressive and complex chardonnays in the world — and this wine is no exception.Discover Olivier Leflaive