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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sauternes can be great value buys!

I usually don't make it in to my local Bevmo because I really don't like what they represent as a company (that's a subject for another day) but today I decided to browse the store for a few good buys. I went there with Sauternes on the mind because I realized I don't have too many in my personal cellar. Sauternes in general are some of my favorite wines in the world to drink and I've had amazing experiences with older vintage Yquem and Rieussec. What I didn't realize until today is that there is great value to be had in Sauternes.

I ended up purchasing a 375 ml of the 2002 Rieussec for only $29.99. I thought this was a steel because the vintage prior from Rieussec (2001) won the Wine Spectator wine of the year and was a 100 point wine. Now I know that vintages vary from year to year and the quality isn't always classic every vintage, but this 92 point rated wine will be a great addition to my cellar and didn't cost me a bundle of dough either. I almost purchased a 95 point rated 2004 Chateau Coutet ($39.99) but I noticed that most all the bottles had tartrate crystals resting near the bottom of the bottle, so I decided on the Rieussec. 

So, next time you're looking for some great and age-worthy wines for your cellar, I strongly suggest browsing the off-vintage Sauternes for great values. Cheers!
Anonymous said...

Inquiring minds would like to know: What does Bevmo represent as a company?

Bryce Tugwell said...

Bacchus, Here from Chilefire - I like what your doing - and I have added your blog to my roll. I look forward to reading more of your posts. - As a side note I am working, with a Barista friend on a "Liquid Culture" blog - coffee, beer, wine, home brewing and classic cocktails being our topic. We would love to have your voice as a guest as occasionally as you might like. Take care, Bryce (at) Chilefire.

bacchus said...

Oh, I think Bevmo represents the "Walmart" of wine stores where everything is less expensive but, the service is lacking and it just feels a bit cold in there. I like more personal wine shops with less corporate mumbo jumbo and small more eclectic brands. I don't think Bevmo will last because they build no human loyalty. The only thing they have going for them is the whole "club bev" thing. Anyways, I don't shop there often and I don't plan on giving much more of my money to them.

 
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