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My Perfect Dream Cellar… A Girl Can Dream, Right?

If I were to fill a perfect wine cellar,  I’d begin with three cases of wine. With no price restrictions, this is my dream cellar.

I’d begin with high end collectibles. I wouldn’t fill a cellar with everyday wines, either… That’s what my refrigerator and wine rack are for.

Here are are my top collectibles (eight of them will represent scarcity and very high prices):

  1. I once read that a 1945 Chateau Margaux was “the” perfect wine, so I’d start there. I looked up what it would cost, and the price today is about $3,745.  I think I’m off to a good start, and still have 35 bottles to go.
  2. Next I’d move into Burgundy… It would be a 2005 Leroy (Domaine) – Chambertin France – Burgundy – Cote de Nuits – Gevrey Chambertin Pinot Noir,  Grand Cru ~ $1,595.00
  3. 1990 Petrus France – Bordeaux – Pomerol ~ $3,600.00 (Good Merlot… Everybody’s got to have at least one.)
  4. 2005 Ermitage l’Ermite Rouge. This one’s considered a 100 year wine, and is from the very dome of the granite hill of Ermitage. Sounds yummy! This one’s more affordable, as it’s much younger than the other two at $305.
  5. How about a little Champagne? 2000 Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé $505.00. (They’ll save this one for the birth of a baby)
  6. Off to Italy… 2003 Sandrone, Luciano – Barolo Cannubi Boschis, Piedmont – Barolo Nebbiol. A mere $559.00
  7. Now, a nice Grand Cru ~ 1990 Domaine de la Romanée Conti “La Tâche” Grand Cru ~ $5,685
  8. Finishing with a 2005 Chateau La Tour Blanche Sauternes ~ $1,200

I’ve just spent $17,194.

Now, off to the moderately priced wines; although some of them still hit the pocketbook a bit hard. I’m reluctant to fill the next 28 bottles with lots of whites, because they’re so easy to pick up for a quick, refreshing wine, but none-the-less, we still have to have something in that wine cellar that’s white and worthy, so here we go. Some of them will have two bottles, because they’re somewhat more affordable, although I’ve got a few higher end and they’ll be just one bottle, I’m indicating accordingly:

  1. Two (2) ~ 2007 Cakebread – Sauvignon Blanc, Valley ~ $25.00/each
  2. Two (2) ~ 2006 Meuliere – Chablis Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Fleur de Chen, France – Burgundy – Chablis~ $25.00/each
  3. Two (2) ~ 2007 Wegeler – Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Germany – Mosel Saar Ruwer~ $22.00/each
  4. One (1) ~ 2005 Cuilleron, Yves – Condrieu Les Chaillets Vieilles Vignes, France – Northern Rhone – Condrieu ~ $45.00
  5. Two (2) ~ 2006 Fortia – Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee du Baron, France – Southern Rhone ~ $21.00/each
  6. Two (2) ~ 2005 Herdade do Esporao – Red Reserva, Portugal ~ $25.00/each
  7. Two (2) ~ 2005 Groth – Cabernet Sauvignon – Napa Valley – Oakville USA ~ $52.00/each
  8. One  (1) ~ 1998 Beaucastel – Chateauneuf du Pape, France – Southern Rhone ~ $109.00
  9. One (1) ~ 2006 Craig, Robert – Zinfandel Howell Mountain USA – California – Napa – USA ~ $50
  10. One (1) ~ 2006 Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Petite Syrah, USA ~ $36.00

Only $580 on this list above, but I’ve spent a total of $17,774. Let’s go for scarcity, again. That was a lot of fun… (I’m already wishing this was for real!)

  1. 1988 Krug Champagne from Reims ~ $400
  2. 1985 Taittinger “Comtes de Champagne” rosé from Reims ~ $360
  3. 1995 Duval-Leroy ‘Cuvée Femme’ ~ $130
  4. 1999 Francois Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur ~ $285
  5. 1966 Domaine Leroy Meursault “Poruzots” from Burgundy ~ $418
  6. 1993 Zilliken Saarburger Rausch Spätlese ~ $45
  7. 1996 Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune Riesling from Alsace ~ $344
  8. 2006 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Alsace ~ $40
  9. 1995 Mommessin “Clos de Tart” Monopole Grand Cru, Morey Saint-Denis ~ $366
  10. 1999 Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru ~ $222
  11. 1994 Muga “Prado Enea” Gran Reserva from Rioja ~ $194
  12. 2000 Thierry Allemand Cornas “Chaillot” ~ $70
  13. 1989 Aldo Conterno Barolo Riserva “Gran Bussia” from Piedmont ~ $472
  14. 1990 Giacomo Conterno “Monfortino” Riserva Barolo ~ $893
  15. 2004 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino ~ $75
  16. 2006 Katogi Averoff Traminer ~ $21
  17. 2006 Robert Craig – Zinfandel, Howell Mountain ~ $54
  18. 2003 EE Black Pepper Shiraz, Barossa Valley ~ $80
  19. 2003 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port ~ $319

This last section rang up $4,488. Add in the first two rounds, and we’ve only spent $22,562 to begin a gorgeous wine cellar. Happy shopping, if you’re also in the market.

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2 Responses to “My Perfect Dream Cellar… A Girl Can Dream, Right?”

  1. Mandi B says:

    I am building a wine cellar into my new home at this very moment. But your list will cost more than my cellar! I wish I could stock it like that. Maybe I can pick one or two off your list!

  2. Jo Diaz says:

    That’s the point, Mandi. 🙂

    This is my dream list, and could only be actualized by the Wall Street guys who did you know what to whom…

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