What does a wine release have to do with parenting? Bordeaux wines are the kind that you can put down. For decades. Bordeaux is meant to be cellared, rested and consumed well into the future. So buying a bottle from the year of your child’s birth and then resting it until their 21st birthday is a great way to celebrate.
3 years ago we bought a 2007 bottle for our oldest son that is now deep in the basement at the back of our wine rack. This weekend we are heading out to do the same for our youngest, and there’s a lot to choose from.
A lot of factors contributed to the greatness of 2010 for Bordeaux. The wet winter helped the vines continue growing during the dry summer, which was one of the driest in memory. The cool nights helped maintain the acidities and perfumes in the grapes and, therefore, gave this quality to the wines. The grape yields were slightly lower and the berries slightly smaller. And grapes were left a little longer on the vine than past top years due to the less extreme weather conditions in August and September. It all added up to gorgeous ripe grapes with bright acidities, ripe fruit, and creamy tannins.
The best part about this? Charlie is already a mini sommelier. He likes to dive in and sniff our wines at dinner and smack his mouth “aaaaah!” This weekend, we asked him what he smelled and, well, he’s looking forward to his 21st birthday, I think. (watch this Instagram video)
Yes, that cabernet smells like strawberries and rainbows.
It’s jaw dropping when you thumb through the brochures and read the tasting notes that recommend wines not be opened until 2025, 2030, or even 2050.
In 2050, I’ll be 80 years old, my sons will be 40 and 43, and that’s who you should be thinking of if you’re wanting to get some of the best wine in the world.