April showers may bring May flowers, but, in June, most of the showers are bridal. Traditional registries are a great way to get the bride and groom set up for years of domestic bliss. But what good are those fancy wine glasses and that Australian-pine wine rack without some special bottles? We’ve picked three luxurious wines that newlyweds can savor on their anniversary or on any special occasion.
Nothing connotes luxury like Champagne, and there are few as elegant as Bollinger Grand Année Rosé 2002 ($250, Bacchus Importers Ltd.). This beautiful, deep, rich, creamy, complex bubbly is indeed something special. It can be enjoyed now, of course, but with proper care, it can be popped to celebrate a 5th, 10th, or even 20th anniversary.
When it comes to giving something memorable in a white wine, an opulent Chardonnay is a good choice. Mainstream America maintains its love affair with this style, and nowhere is it better represented than in Kistler Chardonnay “Les Noisetiers” 2009 ($80, The Country Vintner). It packs an enormous amount of juicy, ripe, heady fruit reminiscent of tropical and citrus tones. Its rich and buttery texture is offset by balanced acidity, and all of it is supported on a stage of spicy new oak. This is a wine that is delicious anytime, but can be laid down for the first five or so anniversary dinners.
Every new cellar needs a passel of big red wines, and, for that, many would recommend a top-flight Bordeaux or Barolo. All great ideas, but a fantastic option would be Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2009 ($90, Prestige Beverage Group). Imported by legendary French wine expert Kermit Lynch, this domaine is among the most famous and sought-after producers in southern France. This showy red radiates cherry and plum tones, with a smoky herb note swirling in the background and a firm structure that will hold up as the years advance.