Even a wine neophyte will know that Bordeaux is home to some of the best wines in the world. Its ideal soil and climate make it the largest wine-producing region in France, and it is here that a number of chateaux have gained an almost mythical reputation for splendid wine.
Which is why we believe it is a colossal waste to hoard vintages for the purposes of investment; good wine deserves to be drunk. Even Louis Robuchon Abe, son of notable chef Joel Robuchon, is opening a Bordeaux-only wine bar in Fukuoka, Japan, next March. But, if you want to enjoy some exceptional vino in the comfort of your own lounge, we recommend getting your hands on vertical collections from the rock stars of Bordeaux first-growths – Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Margaux, Latour, Cheval Blanc, Haut-Brion, Petrus and d’Yquem.
If time is not on your side, turn to well-connected wine merchants to source the bottles for you. Singapore-based Corndale Consultants has a “Royal Flush” series that includes one bottle from each year from 1945 to 2010, with exceptions made for vintages that weren’t produced in a certain year. Prices range from 170,000 euros (S$260,000) for Chateau d’Yquem to 355,000 euros for Chateau Petrus.