This second edition of Robb Report’s Rare & Fine wine program, offered in partnership with Wally’s Wine & Spirits, contains four reds that can be enjoyed now or aged for years to come. These difficult-to-source wines include older vintages from the private libraries of several estates and one special bottle that’s available exclusively through this curation. The unique selection of library wines were chosen for their excellent vintage years, authenticity and premium quality. In this collection, you’ll discover the following wines:
Memento Mori 2017 Vanitas Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (Exclusive Selection): The 2017 Vanitas Cabernet Sauvignon is a new blend for the brand, the 2017 being its inaugural vintage. And even for a winery with production limited to just about 2,000 cases total annually, this is one of its most exclusive reds to date, with just 55 cases made. It’s not even available through the winery itself. Forward aromas of sweet tobacco, black cherries and roasted meat jump from the glass. Rich, complex and balanced on the palate, it provides a perfect combination of savory and fruity characteristics. It can be enjoyed now or aged for another decade.
Château Bélair-Monange 2009 Bordeaux (Library Selection): The Saint-Émilion region enjoyed an incredible year in 2009, resulting in one of Château Bélair-Monange’s finest wines to date. Now, with nearly 12 years under its belt, that vintage is even more spectacular. Raspberry fruit, dark plum and crushed rock on the nose lead the way to lush flavors of black currants and black cherries. This library bottle comes direct from the estate’s personal cellars, ensuring the best possible provenance.
Prunotto 2010 Bussia Barolo, Piedmont (Library Selection): The magic of Prunotto Bussia Barolo starts with the Nebbiolo grape, which has given us some of the most elegant and age-worthy wines in the world. 2010 has become known as a defining year in Barolo, delivering extremely high-quality wines. Coming from the estate’s private library stash, the 2010 Bussia lives up to the hype. Powerful, pure flavors of red cherry, citrus zest and earth greet the palate with supple but ample tannins, even 11 years on. Its full body and significant structure make it a perfect match with meat and cheese.
Maison Joseph Drouhin 2016 Beaune Clos des Mouches Rouge, Premier Cru, Burgundy (Library Selection): Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for crafting wines that perfectly reflect individual terroir and vintage characteristics like few other domaines in Burgundy. Clos des Mouches was one of the original vineyards Maurice Drouhin bought in the 1920s and is one of the most famous Premier Cru vineyards of Beaune.We are excited to share this stunning, rare and sought-after pinot noir on the maison’s 100-year anniversary. Its elegant tannins provide great length and grip on the suave, complex finish. This wine will continue to evolve for the next decade and beyond.