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You’ve recently purchased one of those awesome dual-zone, temperature-controlled wine fridges — oh, maybe you call yours a “wine cave” (and pronounce the second word “kaaaaaahhhhhvvv”)? And now you’re wondering what to put in it, besides the Chardonnay you just picked up from grocery store and will be drinking with dinner tonight. Yes, feel free to chill the Chard in there for an hour, but do know the reason you spent the ducats for the “cave” was to age special bottles for months, years, and maybe decades. This is the starter pack you want. All three wines are delicious right now, but also will benefit from long-term aging — developing complexity and delightful nuance over the next 5-10 years.
About the wines
REGION: Argentina | Mendoza | Las Compuertas, Luján de Cuyo
GRAPES: 100% Malbec
TASTING NOTE: Has lavish spice, chocolate, and ripe fruit aromas. On the palate, it shows impressive structure, soft tannins, and a long finish.
FOOD PAIRING: This wine is a great match with grilled grass-fed beef steak or roast suckling pig.
94 Points – Wine Advocate (October 2019)
92 Points – James Suckling (April 2020)
REGION: France | Beaujolais |Moulin-à-Vent
GRAPES: 100% Gamay
TASTING NOTE: This full, robust Beaujolais offers a fleshy texture and greater longevity than any other Beaujolais cru. Its exceptional structure supports vivid red fruit aromas.
FOOD PAIRING: Moulin-à-Vent is perfect with lighter red meat dishes.
92 Points – Wine Advocate (August 2021)
90 Points – Wine Spectator (March 2022)
REGION: France | Rhône Valley | Châteauneuf-du-Pape
GRAPES: 60% Grenache Noir, 30% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
TASTING NOTE: On the nose it delivers red berry fruit flavors along with perfumed notes and sweet spices. The finish is very delicate and balanced. Overall, this is a medium to full-bodied wine with a very silky texture.
FOOD PAIRING: Enjoy with vegetable dishes, grilled red meats, and pasta Bolognese.
92 Points – James Suckling (February 2022)
Here's how to start a wine collection without knowing anything about wine
Whether it’s for you or someone you love, this is the easiest way to start building a wine collection. True connoisseurs (and top sommeliers) will confirm that these three wines are stellar for the cellar.