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?
There are a lot of wines listed that are not so much only produced in great vintages as they are not produced in bad vintages. Is it just a result of climate change, or that much of Europe has only had a few "bad" vintages in the last 20 years? I do believe a distinction should be made between something produced in 2-3 vintages per decade, and something produced 8-9 vintages per decade.
And to piggyback onto the original question; a person very knowledgeable about wine posed a question to me recently: In light of climate change, when will cooler vintages begin to be considered the better vintages? I met a winemaker last year in Italy who only produces their top red wine in cooler (poor) vintages, like 2014. Will this become the norm?
Wine is commerce, and "rare" is part of justifying the price for luxury goods, but of all the wines listed, how many have been been produced less than 17 times in the last 20 years?
Just something I thought about when comparing the question to the wines listed.
This is precisely why I usually shy away from the lauded vintages and try to scoop up the less-thans. Most of those classical regions are cooler, so why would the best be from vintages that are usually pretty hot?