Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig

The 2019 Chinese New Year began Tuesday, February 5th and is the Year of the Pig. The pig is considered a lucky animal of the zodiac, and this year is predicted to be full of achievements. Those born in 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019 are often reserved, great business partners and good friends. There's no denying that these years produced some noteworthy vintages, so let's celebrate the Year of the Pig by revisiting these unforgettable wines!

Château Canon

Saint-Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1983

Tasted blind. Dark reddish tawny color. Refined nose with notes of black fruit, provencal herbs, earth and a little wood. In the mouth it's more linear than opulent. Several struggled with guessing the varietal and origin, especially me as I guessed old Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Even with more air it wasn't easy to identify this as Bordeaux, perhaps because of the vintage. Yet this was a decent wine and by no means a disappointment. — 5 years ago

Eric, Severn and 11 others liked this

Château Ducru-Beaucaillou

Saint-Julien Red Bordeaux Blend 1995

Group tasted blind and guessed vintages between ‘10 and ‘14. Wonderful wine that is young but drinking so well right now. Wish I had another bottle! — 5 years ago

Meredith NelsonPhilip IsherwoodClay Nelson
with Meredith, Philip and 1 other
P, Eric and 29 others liked this

Louis M. Martini

Private Reserve California Cabernet Sauvignon 1947

Amazingly fresh in my opinion. As expected, a ripe wine from a ripe vintage but still subtle acidity and a pleasure to have the experience. — 6 years ago

Tor Kenward
with Tor
Kimberly, P and 41 others liked this


@Greg Gregory all I can say is WOW Cheers from the north 🍷
Bryan Ogden

Bryan Ogden

The old lm’s are some of the best wines ever made, have been fortunate to taste a bunch of them, the mountain barberas, etc, just amazing wines- i am sure this was amazing
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Amazing wine and report

Château Mouton Rothschild

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 1947

Standing the test of time. Used Coravin but it needed 20 minutes in the glass — 5 years ago

Severn, P and 3 others liked this

Graham Beck

Brut Rosé 1983

Delicious. 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay. Second fermentation in the bottle. Hints of cherry and raspberry. Light and dry. Will buy again! — 5 years ago

Neil, P and 6 others liked this

Domaine de la Janasse

Vieilles Vignes Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2007

Some may not like the use of new oak in this wine, but it was delicious! Layered and complex. — 5 years ago

Anthony, Bret and 4 others liked this


Brunate Barolo Nebbiolo 1971

This is quite impenetrable. Dark fruit/ on the nose brooding, almost inky blue fruit. Underneath blackcurrant, slate, black pepper, tarriness. Then in the palate pure, pure dark fruit and lean minerality. An exceptionally well preserved bottle, but a long time ahead. Great balance. — 6 years ago

Howard HorwitzWalker StrangisTony Garcia
with Howard, Walker and 2 others
Steve, Amr and 15 others liked this

Cordero di Montezemolo

Monfalletto Barolo Nebbiolo 1971

From one of the region’s all-time greatest vintages, aromatic, musty and earthy on the nose with dried violets, the signature aroma of roses, damp forest floor, dried red cherries. The palate is amazingly fresh and vibrant despite its age with terrific depth and complexity. The finish is long and seductive. 💥 — 5 years ago

Matt, Anthony and 8 others liked this

Château Montrose

Saint-Estèphe Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2007

Slight barnyard, leather, cherry, high tannin, good acidity — 5 years ago

Ryan McClellanChris McClellan
with Ryan and Chris
Ryan, Chris and 4 others liked this

Château Troplong Mondot

St. Émilion Red Bordeaux Blend 1995

Cathy Corison

Tasting group last night. My 2nd, Group 5th. Quiet. Dried cherries, cinnamon, cassis. Unity. Lighter body than the rest of the flight. Tannic. — 6 years ago

Victor, Severn and 3 others liked this