I still have to buy four more $10 wines for the other four nights.James Dietz wrote:Maybe not first growths, but there are very nice 2d-5th growths that can be had in the $50ish range... we had a wonderful Leoville Barton 1997 that we bought from K&L (http://www.KLwines.com) that shows what Bordeaux is all about. Poujeaux is often in the $30s, and can be excellent. Or Lagrange. Instead of buying 5 $10 bottles, buy 1 $50 bottle.
Besides, I recently did just that. Having a little spare cash, I spent somewhere between $30-$50 on a 2000 St.-Emilion, which I found, frankly, ordinary. I also read, over and over again, both here and elsewhere, that a decent Bordeaux needs at least ten years to even begin to show what it's made of, especially to a novice like myself. All told, it gets complicarted quickly in a small town like mine.
And I have to note that my response was to Howie's that recommended the thread, "Mostly First Growths", so first Growths was what I was addressing. How is one to have any idea what an ideal French red is like, without tasting a mature First Growth?