Classic Old World Wines Every Wine Lover Should Try
There are many wines which are considered classic, both in the Old and New World. These are wines that every serious wine drinker should try at some point in their life, not only to improve their understanding of all things pertaining to the grape, but also for the sheer pleasure of it. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of the best of the Old World. So do you call yourself a real wine lover? How many of these classics have you had?
Pinot Noir from Burgundy
Some of the loveliest wines every made, Burgundian Pinot Noir is the pinnacle expression of this much-loved grape. Complex, earthy, and capable of ageing for many years, these wines can be silky and seductive or brooding and meaty. Definite collector’s items.
Like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay reaches phenomenal heights in its home of Burgundy. Chablis, Montrachet, and others are wonderfully complex and have been the reason why so many have fallen in love with the Chardonnay grape. Although they too can be quite expensive, they are well-worth trying at least a few times in your life.
Champagne isn’t just for celebration – it’s a great food wine, too! And vintage Champagne is the best of the best. Made only in years with perfect growing conditions, vintage Champagne is also very ageable and delicious as well.
Cru Classé Bordeaux
While the top chateaux may be out of the price range for many of us, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th growth Bordeaux are more accessible. Of course, you can always try a second wine from one of these great houses to get a better idea of their taste. Cru Bordeaux are some of the best Cab blends out there and the place which first saw the world’s love affair with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot take wing.
Chateauneuf du Pape
Stunning blends from the Southern Rhone, made from grapes like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and more. Savoury, fruity, rich, and impeccable with many dishes, Chateauneuf du Pape is the often overlooked by lovers of French red wine, but should be enjoyed more often.
Spain’s great red wine. Made from the Tempranillo grape
Italy’s Best – Barolo, Brunello, Amarone
This trio represents the absolute top of Italian winemaking. All reds, coming from different corners of Italy, these three wines are easily some of the greatest wines in the world.
Mosel & Rheingau Riesling
Many believe these to be the best white wines in the world. Usually dry, dessert versions are made as well. Rieslings from these two German regions are incredibly versatile with food and are wines that everyone should be drinking more of.
There are plenty of other great classic Old World wines we haven’t included here (like some of the fantastic dessert wines made here in Europe). But the world of wine, even if we limit it to the Old World is so big, it’d be virtually impossible to cover in one post! This is just a small slice of what the Old World has to offer in terms of classic wines. Let us know some of your favourites in the comments!
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