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?
Vietti Villero. Does LP Grand Siecle count?
Vogue Musigny Blanc is made pretty much every year. The vines were replanted in the early 90s. it was then declassified until 2015 because Vogue felt the vines were too young to warrant the GC designation. It was not a decision based on the quality of the vintage.
Thanks Keith. I guess what I mean is that it hasn't always been made as Musigny Blanc.
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.
Pepe is made almost every year, as far as I know. Valentini, as Keith listed above, is made only in select vintages. Is there a vintage since 2000 that Pepe didn't produce?
Penfolds limited Edition Range:
Bin 620 - produced twice only so far in 1966 and 2008
Bin 60A - produced twice in 1962 and 2004
Block 42 Kalimna Cabernet Sauvignon - Produced in 1953, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1996 and 2004
Bin 170 Kalimna Shiraz - Produced twice in 1973 and 2010
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?
Raveneau 1er Cru "Chapelot" only made in certain vintages. Generally, it is blended into "Montee de Tonnerre"
Giacosa's Collina Rionda was in this category, but is no longer produced.
Good call! Additionally, shouldn't all of the Giacosa Riservas be added to this list? Those are all only a few times a decade.
What's your call on the Marques de Grignon AAA and Emeritvs. Probably "not produced in bad years" wines, right?
Guigal's Condrieu Luminescence, last made in 2015?
Laurent-Perrier Cuvee Alexandra
Montevertine, Le Pergole Torte
Murietta Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Blanco.