If you were buying a birth year case of wine for someone, e.g., child, niece, nephew, etc., which you planned to drink with that person at special occasions as the person grew up (graduations, wedding, etc.), how would you allocate the twelve bottle selection? Would you buy a case of a single wine like a classed growth Bordeaux to watch the vintage evolve over time, or would you mix it up with wines and styles from around the world? I'd be curious to know what wines people would choose in an ideal birth year gift case and why. Not necessarily producers, but styles and regions. Thanks in advance!
Given that my wife and I gave birth to our first child last year, this is something I've thought a fair bit about. We haven't yet bought anything, since very little from the 2018 vintage is on the market, and what is available is almost certainly not suitable for long-term aging. The approach we are currently favoring is to pick three-to-six wines and buy two-to-three bottles of each, which will allow us to explore certain wines several times, while still working with multiple styles and regions. While we haven't made any real decisions, I suspect we'll probably include a couple of wines from some of our favorite regions (Piedmont, Alsace, possibly Champagne) as well as some Washington wine, since we're in Seattle. I would be wary of buying a full case of any wine, both because who knows what the recipient will like as they grow up, and that way you're not too committed to any one wine on the off chance that it turns out to be disappointing after many years of aging.
I'm stashing birth year wines as well - for my niece (2015) and nephew (2011), but mixing things up - Barolo, naturally, but also Rieslings German and Alsatian), Bordeaux, Brunello, and possibly a few Pinots. I'm buying around 3 bottles of each, so I can drink a few and also to gauge how they're holding up. Champagne is absolutely on my list, but those are a few years out from release yet, so we'll see.
For the high end case purchase, IDK, there are tons of options. I am sure I would purchase 3-4 bottles of a few wines that were reliable, from a region I liked and that I found at a good price.
However, I would really stock up in case quantity on the great bang for the buck wine regions out there. if the vintage was successful in the following regions, all can be had for $50 or less if you search, and a few are under $30:
Northern Rhone: Graillot Crozes, Balthazar Chaillot, Levet CR
Chianti Classico: Montevertine, Felsina
Rioja: La Rioja Alta, CVNE, and one of the best QPR out there, Lopez de Heredia
Loire CF: Baudry, C&P Breton, Olga Riffault
Hell, you might have to wait until the first special occasion to even be able to buy the Lopez de Heredia!