Wines To Add To Your Bucket List

Have you ever had a wine that changed your whole perception? We asked a few experts for wines that you need to add to your "bucket list." 

Daniel Johnnes (@lapauleenyc @danieljohnnes)

Founder of La Paulée de New York™ and Wine Director of Chef Daniel Boulud’s DINEX Group

Coche-Dury Meursault Rougeots 2005 – the greatest village wine ever made. Good luck finding it, though. 


William Rohlfing (@SorellinaBoston)

Assistant General Manager and Beverage Director at Sorellina

"That’s a tough one, since there are so many that I haven’t had. The wine that has stuck with me the most is a 2002 Grand Cru Charmes Chambertin by Rousseau, and I think that it doesn’t get much better than that. One thing I’d really like to get my hands on is a Jefferson-era Bual Madeira. It was America’s wine for so long, the Declaration of Independence was toasted with it, and it never goes bad. Truly ancient Madeira would be my final answer."


Marybeth Bentwood (@WinesofChile @marybethwine)

Executive Director of Wines of Chile 

"I think bucket-list wines should have a degree of the extreme to them - so I think there has to be wine from the Bekka Valley in Lebanon. They are the 'older than old world' wines and given the political instability in that area of the world it takes incredible commitment from producers to continually make and get them to market. I would also go for really old Port (another excuse to travel back in time) and another Champagne from the 1800s."


Véronique Sanders (@_Haut_Bailly_)

CEO of Château Haut-Bailly 

"According to Hugh Johnson in, 1001 Wines you must try before you die, Château Haut-Bailly 2005 should be on your bucket list. "


Leah Hammer (@vinfolio)

Director of Cellar Acquisitions at Vinfolio 

"1989 Haut-Brion. Coche-Dury’s Meursaults and Corton-Charlemagne from any vintage."