Wedding Gifts Champagne Burgundy Barolo Sparkling Wine Red Wine
1 x 2006 Paolo Scavino Bricco Ambrogio Barolo
1 x 2009 André Goichot La Maladière 1er Cru Santenay
1 x NV Pommery Brut Apanage Champagne
You have two choices when it comes to wedding gifts: Settle for one of the registry gifts that the couple is likely to misplace the first time they move to a bigger living space – or send a memorable gift that'll bring enjoyment for a long time to come.
With these three wines – a bottle for the bride and groom to open on their first, fifth and tenth anniversaries – you're sending the recipients something to look forward to, and perhaps starting them out on their own discovery of great wines. Of course, they'll actually use and enjoy your gift – and remember who gave it to them.
First Anniversary: NV Pommery Apanage Champagne
This longer-aged blend of 60 percent Chardonnay, 20 percent Pinot Noir and 20 percent Pinot Meunier is made of grapes grown in many of Pommery's best vineyards. The wine is dry, delicate and flavorful, with zesty citrus overtones and a crisp finish. Pommery calls Apanage its "gastronomy cuvée," as it is one of the house's most food-friendly wines. It has aromas of brioche, citrus fruits and golden apples, and on the palate the wine is harmonious and bright, with flavors of grapefruit, lemon, buttered toast and hazelnut that linger in your mouth. Suggest that the bride and groom pair this with lighter fare, such as salads, quiche or sushi.
Fifth Anniversary: 2009 Andre Goichot La Maladiere 1er Cru Santenay Pinot Noir
The 2009 vintage is one of the best of the past decade in France's Burgundy region, making for superbly balanced, elegant Pinot Noirs that age beautifully. This wine comes from family-owned Maison Goichot, which sourced the Premier Cru grapes from the village of Santenay, in Burgundy's Côtes de Beaune area. Santenay is known for its thermal baths and lithium springs, but this wine provides nearly as good a calming effect (quite possibly necessary after five years of marriage), with its rich, opulent, ripe, dark-cherry fruit flavors. But the wine also has underpinnings of truffle, leather, violet, tea and underbrush, making it a perfect pairing for gamy meats such as roast squab, quail, lamb or venison.
Tenth Anniversary: 2006 Paolo Scavino Bricco Ambrogio Barolo
Founded in 1921, the Scavino estate has earned rave reviews for its wines. Antonio Galloni, who reviews Italian selections for The Wine Advocate, says, "Scavino's wines are still characterized by a plushness and opulence of fruit that sets them apart. They should be on anyone's shortlist of must-have wines." Sure enough this wine is powerful, with concentrated fruit, firm tannins and classic notes of tar and roses in addition to cherry and plum. Full and round, it has focused and concentrated ripe, dark fruit characters such as cherry and black plum, along with rose bush, licorice and cedar notes. The palate is rich, deep and polished, with elegant, firm tannins. It will be drinking perfectly 10 years from now.
This has a beautiful pale gold color enhanced by persistent, delicate bubbles. Aromas of brioche, citrus fruits and golden apples dominate the nose. On the palate the wine is harmonious and bright, with flavors of grapefruit, lemon, buttered toast and hazelnut that linger in your mouth. Made for immediate enjoyment, the Apanage is delicious paired with a variety of light meals including salads, quiche, sushi and fish dishes.
This wine really speaks to the 2009 vintage. It is rich and opulent, with ripe, dark-cherry fruit flavors. But the wine also has underpinnings of truffle, leather, violet, tea and underbrush. Round and approachable for its ripeness, this wine still has excellent structure, and the strong backbone of acidity means it is built to age. Drink this now or lay it down in your cellar for up to a decade. Pair this with gamy meats such as roast squab, quail, lamb or venison.
The 2006 Bricco Ambrogio is a full and round Barolo. Though still young and coy, it does reveal its potential with focused and concentrated ripe, dark fruits such as cherry and black plum, along with rose bush, licorice and cedar notes. The palate is rich, deep and polished, with elegant, firm tannins. If you choose to open this in the next three years, enjoy it with hearty, red game dishes. Also be sure to let it open in a decanter for a couple hours before serving. The 2006 Bricco Ambrogio will peak between 2015-2025.
"A powerful Barolo, firm and muscular, this is full of sweet cherry, plum, menthol and licorice flavors. Shows terrific balance between the fruit and tannins, as well as a lot of character. Best from 2014 through 2032. 200 cases imported."
—Bruce Sanderson (March 2011)
"The 2006 Barolo Bricco Ambrogio is impressive for its sheer weight and concentration. This doesn't have the complexity of Scavino's top Barolos, but it does offer lovely roundness and impeccable balance in its dark cherry fruit. The 2006 looks to be the first wine that repays the trust Scavino has placed in this particular site. It will be interesting to follow the 2006 Bricco Ambrogio in bottle. Today it is certainly very promising. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024."
—Antonio Galloni (Feb. 2010)
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