Our recent experience at Nectar wine lounge in the Marina, and a tasting of a 1950 CB, has made us want to explore more the aging process of a wine. What better way to do this than vertical? Ideally exploring differences of > than 5 years for each vintage.
So here we go. The goal would be to do this in early July.
Two aspects: the wine and the restaurant
The goal is to experience how a wine evolves over the years. Ideally a single wine, multiple bottles. I was thinking differences of > 5 years between each vintage. I find that closer in vintage will showcase more the differences between each vintage (hot year, etc) rather than the aging itself. But happy to be told I'm wrong!
My preference and the easier region to choose from seems to be Bordeaux. Many wines age well and there is fairly good availability of wines up to 40 years. But very open to other suggestions.
In terms of budget, I am thinking we could spend around 100$/bottle with some variations. About 5 bottles would allow us to explore a broad range of aging, (that means we'll need to invite more friends though, I don't like wasting and I don't think my liver could take that much...)
5 bottles puts it in the range where a restaurant won't be comfortable bringing this and paying corkage (I would think). But finding these wine on a wine list will be challenging and including full markup also limit our options. So I need advice here... How would you approach this?
Recommendations of both venues and format very welcome.
Thanks in advance for your insights!