In the September 4 CLASSICS online release, we’re offering a very special wine to share with you. It’s an unusual wine for many reasons. For one, it’s 68 years old. Secondly, it received a perfect score of 100 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Needless to say, this doesn’t happen very often. Most importantly though, it’s one of those rare wines that you can enjoy now… or hold onto it for another half century!
I am referring to the Toro Albalá Don Px Convento Seleccion DO Montilla-Moriles 1946. This wine is incredibly complex, sticky sweet, and looks and feels like something akin to motor oil. As noted in the review below, Luis Gutierrez from the Wine Advocate wrote, “This is an extreme wine, my first descriptor was ultra-mega-super concentrated… incredibly complex and rich, sweet, balanced and smooth in the palate… it is as decadent as it gets. Drink it if you ever have the privilege to do so from 2013-2060.”
This is one of those special occasion wines that you and your guests will remember for years after the bottle has emptied, as it’s not very often that wines this old can still be enjoyed. This truly is the miracle of some sweet wines…
Purchasing wines through Classics has changed from what used to be a lottery system to a first-come, first-served ordering process, either by phone or online. Ordering begins today at 8:30am. Click HERE for details. There is a 4 bottle limit per person before noon, after which time this limit will be lifted. There are 120 bottles available in Ontario out of the mere 825 bottles produced.
I hope you will have a chance to experience it. I can assure you that you won’t regret it.
“The 1946 Don PX Convento Seleccion produced with Pedro Ximenez grapes dehydrated under the sun at the time of the Second World War, was only bottled in September 2011. This is an extreme wine, my first descriptor was ultra-mega-super concentrated. It is unbelievably powerful, both in the nose and the palate, full of umami, with sweet cinnamon, Christmas cake, camphor, petrol, lemongrass, Belgian chocolate and butter. Incredibly complex and rich, sweet, balanced and smooth in the palate, it is both very sweet and somehow salty, and with time it develops a black olive note. It combines the texture of the 1962 and the elegance of the 1949. It is as decadent as it gets. 825 bottles were produced. This wine will survive all of us. These wines are kept for generations and offered in very small quantities, but it’s amazing that you can still buy and drink something so old, and I’m even tempted to say that it might represent good value for what it is. A real tour de force sweet wine. Drink it if you ever have the privilege to do so from 2013-2060.” (Luis Gutierrez, erobertparker.com, Aug. 2013)
Region: Andalucia, Spain
Price: $306 (per bottle)
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