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15 of Manila’s Most Expensive (and Most Fabulous) Bottles of Wine
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1. 2012 Álvaro Palacios, L'ERMITA, Priorat
P118,075

As one of Spain’s most treasured wines, the masterpiece that is L'Ermita is worshipped and coveted by many. Made by Alvaro Palacios, this blend of grenache and cabernet sauvignon fruit is grown from very old vines (between 75 to 100 years) on a small plot of land in the village of Gratallops, situated in northeastern Spain. With all the character and personality of Priorat, this wine is characterized by an intense cherry color, aromas of mountain herbs, spices, ripe red fruit, elegant tannins, and a long finish.

Available at Terry Selection, 2297 BCS Prime Building, Chino Roces Extension, Makati 729-7906 to 07, 844-1816

2 . 2012 Harlan Estate, Napa Valley
P61,500

Thirty years ago, Bill Harlan set out to create a California “first-growth wine” that could rival the French Bordeaux first-growths. Today, Bill Harlan and his Harlan Estate Winery is one of Napa Valley’s most revered winemakers. As one of the first “California cult wines”  Harlan Estate wines have received 100 points for 5 out of the 21 vintages from esteemed wine critic Robert Parker.

Available at Premium Wine Exchange (PWX) Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati, 812.3823

3. 2014 Domaine Comte George de Vogüé, Musigny Vielles Vignes, Burgundy
P39,000

Ranking among the very best Burgundy houses, Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé owns 70 percent of the Musigny Grand Cru, a parcel of land considered to be the finest of all pinot noir vineyards in a Burgundy. The average age of the vines in Musigny is 41 years old.

Available at Premium Wine Exchange (PWX) Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati, 812.3823

4. 2004 Salon Cuvee ‘S’ Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs, Champagne
2004 release price not yet available

One of the greatest Champagnes on the market, this prized cuvee, made solely from chardonnay grapes grown in the grand cru of  Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, is made in the blanc de blancs style and is the house’s only wine, made only in vintage years. It is easily the most sought after Champagnes by connoisseurs in the know. Champagne Salon also makes the delicious Delamotte champagne and both are owned by the Laurent-Perrier group.

Available at Premium Wine Exchange (PWX) Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati, 812.3823

5. 2003 Domaine de la Romanée- Conti, La Tache, Burgundy
P120,000 to P150,000

From what is considered one of the world’s greatest wine producers, the 2003 bottling of the revered La Tâche from Domaine de la Romanée – Conti ( DRC) “reveals aromas of milk chocolate, violets, roses, and dark cherries. Immensely powerful and noble, it offers an interminable finish that is packed with flawlessly ripe fruit.”

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La Tâche is a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy featuring pinot noir as its main grape variety. It is located in the commune of Vosne-Romanée, a monopole of the DRC winery.

Available at Wine Story Ground Floor,  Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Taguig, 846.6310

6. 1982 Chateau Latour, Bordeaux
P150,000 to P190,000

Take it from wine critic Robert Parker who says: “The 1982 Latour has been the most opulent, flamboyant, and precocious of the northern Medocs, especially the St.-Juliens, Pauillacs, and St.-Estephes. This remarkable effort will last as long as the 1982 Mouton, but it has always been more approachable and decadently fruity. Drink it now, in 20 years, and in 50 years! Don’t miss it if you are a wine lover."

Available at Wine Story Ground Floor,  Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Taguig, 846.6310

7. 1961 Chateau Palmer, Bordeaux
P300,000 to P350,000

The 1961 vintage of the Margaux-based Chateau Palmer was the one that catapulted the chateau to the very top of the Medoc winemakers. Classified originally as a third growth in the famed 1855 classification that ranked Bordeaux wines, Palmer has come to be known as the first of the third growths and has been known to” punch above its level “ in both quality and price. This merlot-heavy wine makes it the most similar Medoc wine to the wines of St.-Émilion and Pomerol, on the left bank.

Available at Wine Story Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Taguig, 846.6310

8. 1996 Krug Clos D’Ambonnay, Champagne
P150,000 to P200,000

This blanc de noir from Clos d’Ambonnay is a rare and refined Champagne that opens with a distinct and impeccable bouquet. It is one of the greatest expressions of its terroir, harvested in a tiny .68 hectare plot in the heart of Ambonnay, with the “purest essence of crushed rocks and minerals define the finish."

Available at Wine Story Ground Floor, Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Taguig, 846.6310

9. 2006 Opus One, Napa Valley
P38,535

Conceived by two wine visionaries, California’s Robert Mondavi and Bordeaux’s Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Opus One is the original cult Napa wine, made from fruit grown in the famed To Kalon vineyard in Oakville, California. The 2006 vintage is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit Verdot, cabernet franc, and malbec that has been aged 17 months in new French oak. It is silky and dense on the palate and offers aromas of dark chocolate, blackberries, smoked bacon, and sassafras.

Available at Terry’s  Selection, 2297 BCS Prime Building, Chino Roces Extension, Makati 729-7906 to 07, 844-1816

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Large Bottle Formats

10. 1999 Vega Sicilia ÚNICO, Ribero del Duero
Magnum, P49,050

The Vega Sicilia flagship wine, Unico, is a blend of tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon fruit that is aged for almost 10 years--six years in wood barrels and three more in the bottle. The grapes used in its production are grown on plots of land located between the slopes down from the wasteland and the alluvial plain.  Its well-defined style, complexity, elegance, and capacity to age have made it one of the world’s great wines.

Available at Terry’s  Selection, 2297 BCS Prime Building, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati 729-7906 to 07, 844-1816

11. 1997 Cos de Estournel, Bordeaux
P500,000, 18 liters

One of  Bordeaux’s finest red wines, the rich and powerful claret from the St. Estephe appellation offers up an elegant bouquet full of ripe black currant fruit, Provençal olives, smoked herbs, and licorice. Only three 27-liter bottles were made in 1997.

Available at Txanton Second floor, Allegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati,  877.6928

12. 2003 Domaine du Pegau, Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Salmanazar P200,000, 9 liters 

From the Southern Rhone Valley, this Chateauneuf du Pape is ripe with the aromas of freshly crushed plum and blackberry and shares many similarities with a dry vintage port. A very big wine, it is 16.1 percent alcohol.

Available at Txanton Second floor, Allegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati, 877.6928

13. 2000 Senorio San Vicente, Rioja
P250,000, 27 liters

Another extremely rare, large format 27-liter bottle, this Rioja has a distinct style that successfully marries the traditional and modern, and possesses great acidity and concentration. The nose is filled with ripe, dark berries, licorice, black pepper, dried spices, and herbs.

Available at Txanton Second floor, Allegria Alta Building, 2294 Chino Roces Extension, Makati,  877.6928

14. 2006 Masseto, Tuscany
P100,000 to P130,000, Magnum

 

From Italian wine producer, Tenuta dell’Ornelaia, the makers of the Super Tuscan Ornellaia, also produce the renown merlot varietal wine, Masseto. First produced in 1986, Masseto has rapidly become one of the world’s most sought after monovarietal wines and is highly auctionable.

Available at Wine Story Ground Floor,  Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Taguig, 846.6310

1996 Screaming Eagle, Napa Valley
P350,000 to P380,000, Magnum 

Another one of the original “California cult wines,”  Screaming Eagle is constantly named as one of the most expensive wines in the world. Made from 100% cabernet sauvignon in the Napa Valley, the grapes are grown on a west-facing slope east of the Napa River, where the sunlight, drainage, and weather are optimal. With only 500 cases made per year, this wine is a collector’s dream.

Available at Wine Story Ground Floor,  Serendra Piazza, McKinley Parkway, Taguig, 846.6310

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