It may not be common knowledge to the casual enthusiast, but fine wine happens to be among the best performing asset classes in the last two decades. Wine is a smart investment, with certain vintages increasing in value as the demand for them increases. Bordeaux Grand Cru Classés, for example, have dominated the dinner tables and cellars of wine lovers worldwide in the past few years, and 2015 is no different.
French vintages faced stiff competition in the past year coming from various wine regions around the world. This just shows that producers and consumers really are committing to exceptional quality in the global wine trade. Burgundy, Douro, Napa Valley, Piedmont, Rhône, and Tuscany join consistent performer Bordeaux in 2015’s list of top contenders in the market.
1. 2005 Château Angélus, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France: 39.9%
Château Angelus showcases the fruits of superior winemaking techniques, a healthy terroir, and a keen eye, nose, and taste buds for detail with this vintage.
Its black crimson body features rich notes of dark chocolate, licorice, truffles and dark fruits with a dry, vibrant finish.
On the nose, a blend of blackberry, roasted cherries, mint, and earthy notes serve as a pleasant greeting. It comes as no surprise that a lot of wine enthusiasts clamored for this wine last year, resulting in a massive increase in value.
2. 2010 Domaine du Pegau, Cuvée Réservée, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France: 37.2%
This full-bodied vintage is luscious, intense, and carries a fresh structure. Quite complex, it balances its fruit-forwardness with bold, spiced flavors, which results in a surprisingly delicious blend.
The wine exhibits aromatics of ripe cherries, strawberries, black raspberries, mingling with savory notes of fresh herbs, pepper, and meat. It carries a long finish garnished by a tinge of minerals and suede.
With all these successful combinations, the 2010 Domaine du Pegau certainly leaves a favorable lasting impression.
3. 2006 Opus One, Napa Valley, United States: 35.9%
Hailing from the most prominent wine region in the United States, Opus One has earned the reputation for producing top notch vintages, with a focus on specific varietals. The 2006 Opus One is a fine representative of Napa Valley and its many a Drôme cellar.
It has hints of dark plums, black cherries, licorice, and smoky tar with a sweet nougat and vanilla finish. Not only is it a good investment, the wine is also an ideal dinner companion, partnering well with savory meat dishes like ribeye steak, short ribs, and meatballs.
4. 2010 Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru, Burgundy, France: 34.4%
This full-bodied red is dense, round, and powerfully sweet. Featuring a bouquet of Clos de Tart scents, the 2010 is a tour de force of dried flowers, fresh violet and rose, dark raspberry, and minerals on the nose. The tannins are firm, arriving late, and balanced by notable fruit flavors.
Its sweet finish leaves a smile on the face and a hankering for another sip or two.
5. 2007 Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo DOCG, Piedmont, Italy: 34.1%
The 2007 Luciano Sandrone Le Vigne is polished and lush, suffusing the palate with juicy tones of black fruit. Its tannins are ripe, balanced with good acidity, while its long finish leaves hints of spice and menthol.
On the nose, this dark and full-bodied red exhibits a provocative bouquet of licorice, black cherry, black raspberry, and other dark fruits. There are also subtle hints of violets, rose, and minerals that come out with proper aeration and decanting.
6. 2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello Toscana IGT, Italy: 33.2%
The 2004 Marchesi Antinori Tignanello flaunts the superiority of a true “Super Tuscan.” This vintage brandishes pronounced notes of bilberries, cloves, and incense, followed by a tinge of young grape.
Its flavors are unrelenting, followed by tinges of chocolate and well-managed tannins. It is generous and creamy on the palate with a taste similar to plum jam in the finish. We can see investors being on the fence between selling and savoring this elegant wine.
7. 1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port, Douro, Portugal: 31.4%
This refined and polished vintage comes with quite the depth and complexity while maintaining perfect balance. It exhibits a robust bouquet of fresh raspberry, blueberry, cassis, and violets. Rich chocolate and berry flavors are punctuated on the palate, rounded up by its bold tannins and full body.
8. 2002 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, Burgundy, France: 30.7%
The 2002 Domaine Leflaive Bâtard-Montrachet is a rich, medium-bodied vintage that offers great depth. It has hints of spice, white flower, apple, honey, clove, and stone on the nose, followed by tangy and mineral flavors. It is superbly balanced, cheerfully dry, and has a long, lingering finish. It is a good pick whether for your collection or for accompanying meals.
9. 2005 Château Cheval Blanc, Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France: 29.3%
This equal parts blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot results in a wine of remarkable density, freshness, and purity. It is full-bodied but delicate, offering lovely notes of raspberry, blueberry, and flowers.
Its refreshingly smooth texture harmonizes well with its sweet tannins and flavors that seamlessly bleed into one another. If a seasoned chef were to create a delicate masterpiece, this vintage should be its wine equivalent.
10. 2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France: 28.5%
The 2005 Château La Mission Haut-Brion is nothing short of a marvel. It is powerfully tannic but also surprisingly fresh. Formulated for long-term aging, and with only 5,665 cases produced, this blend begins with notes of red and black fruit, truffles, smoke, licorice and graphite. It goes on with increasing progression on the palate, finishing big and leaving a mineral and berry aftertaste.
When investing in wine, as with everything else, profits aren’t absolutely guaranteed since there is no such thing as a risk-free investment. However, wines of the highest quality continue to enjoy popularity as a hot commodity, and sales are consistently remarkable. The aforementioned vintages show us that having a classy wine lifestyle could potentially earn you a bundle of profits.