Wines for the End of the World – Part 2

Gotta love the Mayans. They built some epic pyramids, started a centuries-old love affair with chocolate, and now they’ve given doomsday prophets something to scribble on crude, handwritten signs. In case you’ve been hiding in a wine cellar, the world as we know it is scheduled to end mañana, 12-21-12.*

That means I have a lot of wine tasting to do in the next 24 hours. And if you’re reading this blog, you should get busy, too. Not sure where to start? No worries–here for your sipping pleasure  is my End-of-World Wine Bucket List.

*The world was supposed to end last year on May 21, but to the complete mortification of the doomsday-tripper who raised all the fuss in the first place, we were all still here the next morning. In case you want to take a peek at ‘Wines for the End of the World – Part 1,’ here you go.

Señorita Vino’s End-of-World Wine Bucket List 

1.Château d’Yquem Sauternes, 1945

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. I have no idea who took this. If it was you, let me know and I'll make sure you get proper credit.
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Photographed by Megan Mallen.

I know, I know. I’m starting with the dessert wine. But hey, it’s all over tomorrow, so who’s keeping tabs? One of the world’s most prized wines, Château d’Yquem hails from France’s Bordeaux region and is worshipped for its exquisite apricot aromas and nectar-like taste. The 1945 vintage will set you back about $5,000, but if the world ends tomorrow, so do Visa credit card statements. Santé!

2. Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 1978 Grand Cru

The Romanée Conti vineyard. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Photographed by Andrea Schaffer.
The Romanée-Conti vineyard in France’s Burgundy region. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Photographed by Andrea Schaffer.

Quelle horreur! I’m going from a dessert wine to a red! But all’s fair in love and wine on the eve of the apocalypse. Some time ago I came across a study that said people are more inclined to like a wine if the price tag is on the high side. Currently, the average price for a bottle of  the world’s most expensive wine is $17,361, according to Can’t say whether I like it since I’ve never tried it, but if the world ends tomorrow, this is the wine I’d want to have in my glass as the sun explodes.

3. Château Cheval Blanc 1983

a bottle of 1983 Chateau Cheval Blanc. Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Photographed by schuey.

Yes, another red, but I’m partial to reds (and dessert wines), and if the Mayans are correct, today’s my last day to indulge, so that’s why I’m rounding out my list with a Merlot blend from Bordeaux’s Saint-Emilion  appellation. The tasting notes for this wine mention meaty aromas followed by earthiness. Give it a few swirls and you’ll be sniffing plum, cedar wood and beeswax. It sounds too good to be true, and at about $600 a bottle, I should have ordered a case for my Last Days libations. But I figured the purchase would have triggered the fraud alert at American Express, thwarting my plans for toasting the demise of the planet in style.

So there you have it, chicas y chicos. And don’t get all teary-eyed over that pesky Mayan calendar. Look on the bright side. If we really are toast tomorrow, you don’t have to deal with the horror of last-minute holiday shopping this weekend.

I bid you a fond ¡Salud!

10 thoughts on “Wines for the End of the World – Part 2

  1. I need to come here more often and get my wine list in order! I’m partial for a nice red, but never had one as expensive!

    Must add that it is not the end of the world, but the beginning of a new consciousness. May wine drench us in this new light! 🙂

    1. Truer words were never spoken, Ana! Wine is the perfect way to herald the dawn of a new era. Cheers!

  2. Oh dear now I have to spend more money on more wine!!!

    1. Don’t feel like you have to, Carolyn! I have a feeling we’ll all still be here tomorrow 😉 so remember that buying wine is all about what tastes good to you, regardless of the price tag. Thanks for chiming in!

  3. Very delightful suggestions, Ernesto.
    Heres to tomorrow Not being the end of the World so there is alotmore time for wine drinking Love

  4. Senorita, thank you for giving me a reason to go crazy with some expensive wine!!

  5. Now THIS is an Apocalypse post worth reading! I’ll drink to that! 😉

  6. Really enjoyed reading this one. Can’t imagine owning a bottle that cost $17,000–what if I dropped it! 😉

    1. Thanks for reading, Emilia! Debra and I found these great padded travel sleeves for wine bottles when we were at SLOWine – I guess you could get one of those to store your investment! ¡Salud y felices fiestas!

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