From: SE King County, Washington
I am looking to stock up a bit on futures wine. Curious to know what you are buying this month (or recently). I am specifically looking at Bordeaux and Napa cab heavy wines. Budget .... under $70/bottle.
Hmmm, not sure how to answer this but will try for Bordeaux. The only thing I bought recently was 2015 Larrivet Haut-Brion, which I had at the Union des Grand Crus (UGC) tasting of the 2015 vintage in SF last January and loved. It was under $40, and had the freshness and pure fruit of the 2015 vintage and the minerality I love of a Pessac-Leognan.
The stores I use have mostly 2017 Bordeaux for futures sale, but I bought the high end for that year - the April frost hit some of the sites away from the river quite hard. Total Wine has a nice list for sale here Total Wine Futures Sale along with reviewer notes. They have Leoville Poyferre, which I bought.
The best recommendation I have is to buy some 2015 in bottle right now, try it, and see what you like. I restocked my daily drinkers with 2015 Bordeaux under $25 (Poitevin, Clos du Roy, Fourcas Dupre, Haura, L'Argenteyre, Les Cruzelles) as it is an early drinking vintage. Can also recommend Dauzac from Margaux and Carbonnieux from Pessac for 2015. As for 2016, which is an exceptional vintage in Bordeaux, I think the UCG is coming to NY in late January, and you can try LOTS of 2016's in a few hours - and decide what you like.
Finally, if you really want futures, suggest finding a local retailer who will offer the 2018 vintage this coming spring - like 2016 it is an excellent vintage. See this: Gavin Quinney 2018 vintage. But if you do want to buy 2016, I just checked and Flickinger's still has lots of futures for sale, including lots under $70
< Message edited by skifree -- 11/11/2018 9:21:12 PM >
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