The subject of Bordeaux has crept into many conversations lately, and it seems to me that one thing that makes Bordeaux unique is that when the wines are young, and sold as futures, you can buy as much as you want.
Forget about the prices, which, for most of us, seem absurd in recent years. And set aside quality, which can vary, as we all know (but when Bordeaux has a great vintage, there’s little dispute about its quality).
What makes Bordeaux exclusive is that if you want to buy 10 or 25 or 50 cases of Margaux or Lafite you can (and you can certainly find plenty of solid wines for a lot less). Sure, those wines are going to be expensive. But if you order them as futures, unless I’m mistaken, you can fill in your desired case allocation and it will be secured.
That means that once you have the wines you can drink as much and as often as you’d like to, which is also unusual in the wine world.
If you set out to buy a real case of Screaming Eagle, well good luck. If you’re on the mailing list, you get your three-bottle allocation, and then deciding if, or when, to drink the wine becomes a weighty decision, since the wine is so rare and in effect irreplaceable.
The person who recently spent $130,900 at auction for a 42-bottle vertical of Screaming Eagle, from 1998 to 2003, has what would to my way of thinking be a lifetime supple of the rare bird. But auctions seem to be the only way to secure any volume of smaller-case rarities irrespective of where they're from.
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