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Birthday wines that don't break the bank


#1

I am interested in buying some special birthday wines in the future, probably for either mine or my OH’s 40th. The years are 1982 and 1983. Definitely unable to afford a 1st growth or similar, and my wife isn’t too keen on desert wines. Has anybody got any great (preferably cheap) suggestions?


#2

Too expensive?

https://www.nickollsandperks.co.uk/1982-Vina-Montecillo-Rioja-Gran-Reserva_2


#3

Hey, 1982 was a fantastic year for Bord…

…oh.


#4

Haha, exactly! However maybe a lesser producer?


#5

This looks great! Will Rioja still taste good at this age?


#6

You could check out these guys:
https://www.thewine-cru.co.uk/our-wines/1982.html
They specialise in old vintages. That pages has a Chateau Fourcas Hosten Listrac at £30 (don’t know how good it would be). The “Our Wines” in the navigation bar at the top lets you enter a vintage and you’ll see everything they have for that vintage.


#7

I’d expect it to. VG vintage and a Gran Reserva.


#8

Try this place in the New Forest?
https://www.vintagewineandport.co.uk/
Quite a user friendly search facility


#9

Not the best looking website, but I’ve used Four Walls Wine Co before and been very happy with the results.


#10

Nothing showing for your years I’m afraid, but this might be of interest to others so thought it might be useful to post the link.


#11

Perhaps go with 2 bottles of something 20 years old or 4 bottles of something that is 10 years old? It’s interesting to have something from your birth year, however it might not be as enjoyable to drink - unless its Port ('83 was a good vintage).


#12

'83 Bordeaux can be quite good and not as pricey as '82.
I picked up a couple of good bottles of D’Angludet '83 from TWS a couple of years ago. Apparently 1983 was better in Margaux than most other communes

this supplier looks interesting for odd bottles from older vintages

https://www.barberwines.com/stock-list

and Richard Edwards (findwineuk@gmail.com) sources some interesting older bottles.

good luck


#13

Rioja definitely worth a look in ‘82 but unlikely to be a screaming bargain.

Ancient and Modern wines often have minor bordeaux for reasonable prices. Not used them myself but know several satisfied customers.


#14

I had some amazing 1982 white Colares a few years ago in Lisbon. If you like aged dry Rioja, Sherry and old dry Vouvray you will like it. Its still available (with a Portuguese merchant):
https://www.garrafeiraestadodalma.pt/index.php?route=product/product&path=141_143_234_256&product_id=16840

There are a number of old school Portuguese reds that are ageworthy as well. Some really good Cru Bourgeois clarets are probably still drinking well. Cissac 1985 was a really pleasant surprise ,wrong year but a wine that in those days was built to last.


#15

I’ve bought from Ancient & Modern previously - its a very good service and prices are very fair. If it was me I would go for a 1982 reserva or gran reserva Rioja - a stellar year. I had a 1982 Vina Real reserva from a TWS offer a few years back and it was spectacular.