Wedding Gifts Champagne Rioja Châteauneuf-du-Pape Sparkling Wine Red Wine
1 x 2009 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape
1 x 2011 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
1 x NV Laurent Perrier Rosé 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: 2004 Pommery Grand Cru Champagne
The Pommery 2004 Grand Cru, composed of 60 percent Chardonnay and 40 percent Pinot Noir, is a terrific example of vintage Champagnes, which are made only in excellent, ripe years. Vintage Champagnes are rich, full-bodied and concentrated, and this one, made from a selection of grapes from seven of Pommery's Grand Crus, has notes of beeswax, honey, white flowers and golden apples. This is a wine to savor over a lavish dinner. This wine has a creaminess that would make it a perfect partner for lobster tail and melted butter, or chicken in a mushroom cream sauce.
Fifth Anniversary: 2006 Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja
This impeccable old-vine selection Rioja is the flagship of Juan Carlos López de la Calle, who owns three estates in different regions of Spain. The wine comes from grapes grown at extremely high elevations, making for a light, aromatic, yet profoundly layered red. Sourced from 50- to 80-year-old Tempranillo vines that produce only a tiny amount of fruit, the Pagos Viejos is aged for 18 months in French oak barrel and displays gorgeous depth, complexity and finesse. It's a beautiful, inky wine that opens with a distinct savory character of cured meat and leather, followed by blueberry, plum, vanillin and sage. The palate is silky and balanced with fine tannins that emerge quite gently. It's the perfect pairing for cured olives and hard cheeses or meat dishes such as lamb shank or Serrano ham.
Tenth Anniversary: 2009 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape
This intense red blend is from a producer that receives praise from every corner for its powerful and meticulous wines. This is a blend of 70 percent Grenache, 20 percent Syrah and 10 percent Mourvèdre, from vineyards that include 70-year-old vines. And the 2009 vintage was stellar, having produced ripe, richly fruited wines with firm tannins that will integrate nicely with age. It's exuberant and expressive on the nose, with fresh ripe raspberry, maraschino cherry, garrigue, cedar and earth – a great introduction to a full-bodied palate that's velvety in texture with silky, fine tannins. More plum and cherry flavors follow, and quite a bit of oak still comes through, with a long sandalwood finish, making this wine perfect to pour alongside game such as venison, braised lamb shank or roast duck.
"One of the more endowed 2009s, this is packed with dark smoldering cocoa, mesquite, tobacco and roasted fig notes, all inlaid with pure cassis and plum preserves fruit flavors. Long and authoritative on the finish, with singed vanilla bean and tar notes adding length and dimension. Best from 2015 through 2026. 4,000 cases imported."
–James Molesworth (Feb. 2012)
"The 2009 Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape is reminiscent of their brilliant 1985. It will be one of the rare Beaucastels that is drinkable upon release. Made from this estate's classic blend, it possesses soft tannins as well as a silky, open-knit seductiveness, a dense plum/purple color and a beautiful perfume of smoky Provençal herbs intermixed with grilled steak juices, garrigue, kirsch and blue as well as black fruits. The wine is full-bodied, unctuously textured, and silky smooth (the latter characteristic being somewhat atypical for a young Beaucastel). If it performs like the 1985, it will drink well young and continue to do so for 25 or more years."
–R.P. (Oct. 2011)
From the winery: "A dark, scarlet red color, with powerful aromas of sweet, ripe Cabernet grapes. Initial impressions are fantastically appealing, brooding to expansive textural sensations of finely grained cacao tannins. The whole of the wine is balanced, rich, expressive and impressively complex. The backbone of fine tannin and sweet ripeness is a carry-over from perfectly mature fruit."
"Although tasty, the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa is slightly less intense and powerful compared to the 2010. It reveals supple tannins, abundant black fruit and spice notes, and an easy-drinking yet seriously endowed, medium to full-bodied personality. Drink it over the next decade."
–R.P. (Oct. 2013)
Shows fine balance, with a vibrant tanginess to the flavors of black currant, strawberry, licorice and candied ginger. Features a fine, creamy bead, revealing a lasting note of smoky mineral on the finish. Drink now through 2018. –Alison Napjus (Nov. 2013)
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