I was going to post this in response to a comment @BrightonCorgi made in the “Recent Acquisitions” thread, but it became too long and I figured I should start a separate thread instead of interrupting that one.
I’m interested in 2013 and 2019 bottles for an anniversary and kids birthday, respectively; any specific suggestions? If it helps narrow down the choices:
I don’t recall ever trying port, but I enjoyed a Lustau PX Sherry bottle I purchased once. I enjoy port finished Glendronach, but Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban not as much. Is there a port I could try that would be a good representation?
I also like certain champagnes, though I’m not well versed in them. I also have no idea what, if any, “expiration dates” they have. As to my experiences with champagne brands specifically:
I recently tried Nicolas Fueillatte Reserve Exclusive Brut and loved it. Veuve Cliquot is ok, I have a sweet tooth so the Demi sec does it for me, La Grande Dame is good but not exactly my style. Standard Laurent Perrier has been my go-to for a while. I used to drink Pol Roger a lot, but recent bottles have been meh, maybe it’s inconsistent? Perrier Jouet is meh. Bollinger La Grande Année 2007 is great, as are the 007 limited releases, but the standard blend doesn't seem to be in my wheelhouse. Maybe it needs cellaring? I had a Dom Perignon Jeff Koons 2004 for my anniversary in 2014 and enjoyed it, so I bought a couple more for future anniversaries, thinking it might still have a couple good drinking years left (I believe the term is “legs”?). Pure speculation on my part.
I typically enjoy Argentine Malbec and Buttery Chardonnays, but they don’t seem “special” enough for a celebration. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly welcome, thanks in advance!