Cosmopolitan , Oct 2003 7 Fine Wines Subhash Arora

My Wish List of Seven Wines

Recently I was asked by Cosmopolitan, a leading Lifestyle Magazine to make a wish list of seven fine wines. Seemingly an easy task, it was not as simple as it appeared initially.
There are several critera and nebulous factors to consider.Can one possibly compare Sofia Loren with Aishwarya Rai or Madonna with Jennifer Lopez? Nevertheless, I made an attempt within the following framework:
1. I have tasted at least one wine from these producers.
2. I have selected wines only after 1980. There are wines available from 1808 onwards, at least, and the older wines would only be a matter of fantasy and not a wish since they are practically out of reach.
3. At least 6 of these wines are being imported into India. But I would have to be careful buying such expensive wine here unless I were very sure these wines had been stored properly.
4. I have chosen wines costing between $200-$1200.(1-5 are between $200 and 300)
5. I chose wines with different grapes, in so
far as possible.For example, Champagne is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, d'Yquem is Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, Sori` is Nebbiolo, Cos is typical Bordeaux with Caberner Sauvignon and Merlotand Cabernet Franc, Conti is Pinot Noir, Latour ($650)is a typical Bordeaux Blend like Cos and Petrus ($1200) is Merlot grapes.

1. Louis Roederer Cristal, Brut, Vintage, Champagne '88 or '89 Excellent vintage of a dry, smooth well-balanced sparkling wine that can be drunk as an aperitif or with most foods,just for a perfect evening.

2. Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes, France, white, '84,'85 or '94   Perfect combination with fois de gras or as dessert wine, this is pure nectar.

3. Sori` San Lorenzo, Gaia, Barbaresco, Italy, Red '89 or'90   Best vintages produced from Nebbiolo grape, a complex wine that dances on your tongue and improves the taste of any food. Truly a Marcello Mastroianni type wine that teases and seduces you.

4. Cos d'Estournel, St. Estephe, France, Grand Cru Classe, red '82 or '90   Indian Maharajas have enjoyed wine from this Super-Second Grand Cru Classe wine producer for over 150 years. Best two vintages after our Independence, offer a smooth and long aftertaste and concentrated flavour of plums and blackberries.

5 Domaine RC Romane`e Conti, Burgundy, France, Red,'98 or '2000  In the complex world of Burgundy, this producer makes excellent wines consistently and these vintages are very silky and seductive as only the best Pinot Noir can be.

6 Chateau Latour, Grand Cru Classe,Pauillac, France,Red '90  Consistently rated Highly, it is perhaps one of the Best wines of the previous century.Just about ready to drink, will improve for another ten years or so.

7 Chateau Petru`s, Pomerol Gran Vin, France '89 or '90  Extremely intense, concentrated and complex wine with powerful and deep tannins,from the Right Bank in Bordeaux region.Will improve for the next 20-30 years. Almost better than having sex.





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