Just got caught falling down a rabbit hole thinking about wines that aren't necessarily produced regularly and can demonstrate the power of truly amazing vintages (or try to- we've occasionally seen some of these turn out to be mistakes on the parts of the hopeful producers).
Beyond d'Yquem, Vintage Port, and some top-tier Champagnes (Salon, Clos de Mesnil, etc..), what wines do ya'll think of when you consider this special/unusual category?
Chave, Cuvee Cathelin and Nikolaihof, Vinothek (Riesling and Gruner) are the first two that come to mind.
Bondi Santi Brunello Riserva
Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha
Giacomo Conterno’s Monfortino
Beaucastel Hommage à Jacques Perrin
Diamond Creek “Lake Vineyard”
just a few delicious ones that come to mind!
valentini montepulciano d'abruzzo
edit: add pegau capo
Jeremy, This has been a really thought provoking question. Thanks!
I'm having a hard time coming up with New World, any ideas y'all?
The above wines from Coche, Unico, Gaja, SQN, Grillet, Pingus are all produced regularly. I would say the only time that some of these are not produced are in exceptionally poor vintages.
So says his website, but I'm having trouble finding which vintages he didn't produce it. 2009, maybe? If it's a once every 20 years, I'm going to say it's more akin to Keith's response to Austin's post. More research in order.Got info on this?
Also Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona Brunello di Montalcino Vigna di Pianrosso Riserva, and Trimbach Clos St Hune are only produced in execptional years
An interesting note on Unico, according to the producer profile here on Guildsomm the wine WAS only made in great/sufficient vintages pre-2010, but is now made every year.
Another nearly identical new world example of this is Caymus Special Selection. Once produced only when they felt quality justified it. Now every year. (albeit with some questionable vintages being produced in the 80s, but some of those wines are showing pretty darn well today, so who knows what is great or not down the road...).
If we're going to include a category like Vintage Port we'd have to include TBA, BA, and Eiswein from Germany and Escenzia for Tokaji.
Unico was due to them only having large oak to age the wine in. So if they didn't have enough wine of quality to go into unico to fill the tank they didn't make it. Now they have many different size barrels and can make it in any quantities through severe selection.
Totally. You can almost draw up the vintage in German regions with no direct knowledge of climatic conditions by doing a comparison of overall quality of Spatlese, Grosses Gewachs, Eiswein, and TBA....Almost.
Wendouree Pressings... also De Vogüé's Musigny Blanc.