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Snooth User: jonjo

Creating a wine cellar

Posted by jonjo, Jan 3, 2009.

Hi Everyone, I have recently moved near to France and am looking to put together a wine cellar with a variety of wines for drinking now as well as those for laying down and appreciating in the future! I love all wines but have a preference for the smooth st-emilion wines! If any of you have advice on what wines I could look to stock in my cellar and what the appropriate laying down times are I would appreciate your feedback. I would say my price range was anything up to $75 (for which you can get some great wines here!) Many thanks in advance!


Reply by dzitt, Jan 4, 2009.

I haven't tasted a lot of St-Émilion in my life, but the Château Bellefont-Belcier Grand Cru is a nice one to have in a cellar. The 2005 tasted twice is really good and will last more than 10 years.

But if you want something different and excellent, I would suggest you Catena Alta Cabernet-Sauvignon 2004 from Mendoza, Argentina. I know it's not a merlot based wine, but it's just so good and not overpowered like many new-wold produtcs. I don't know if you have access to that win where you live, but it's one of the greatest wine tasted in 2008 for me...In Canada, it is retailed à 50$...


Reply by jonjo, Jan 6, 2009.

Hi dzitt,
Thanks for the feedback. I will check out whether it's possible to source either of those wines here but am sure that the bellefont-Belcier should be available. Feel free to let me know of any other wines you feel would make a good addition...doesn't have to be St-Emilion:)
Thanks again and i'll let you know how it goes!!

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 6, 2009.

Hi Jonjo,

You say you are near France but in which direction? Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands?

There are so many fine wine shop in Europe, not to mention wineries that may very well be an easy drive for you. If you are adventurous and want a diverse cellar I would recommend buying a few cases of wines from all around you to experiment and discover. Once you have gone through those cases you can begin to focus your cellar purchases for laying down.

I'll put together a little list shortly of some wine worth looking at but am anxious to hear where you are!

Reply by jonjo, Jan 7, 2009.

Hi Gregory and thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

I am actually living in Switzerland, close to Geneva and about 30 minutes from the French border! I am working on a plan to travel to France over the summer (meeting up with my Canadian outlaws who are also wine fanatics) so will certainly be targetting a great many vineyards.

I really appreciate your advice and will start looking to stock up pretty quickly (have already bought two cases of Chateau Plaisance 2005 which is actually quite nice now but which I think will be superb in a few years). However, I have heard that many wines are now being produced for early drinking. Is this the case and is there a way of finding out which wines are suitable for laying down and which aren't? Is it a question of region?

Look forward to hearing from you soon!


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