Many wines don’t need ageing to enjoy, but anyone who has tried any that do will have a story to tell about it: there is something uniquely magical about opening a bottle that’s sitting on its plateau of drinking perfection. It’s what inspires people to collect wines, build up a cellar and invest in the pleasure of future enjoyment.
One of the many benefits of being a member of The Wine Society is that, as a member-owned co-operative, we are in a unique position to bring you this experience, with all the ageing done for you before the wines are even offered for sale.
Thanks to this unique mutual business model, our buyers are able to buy fine wines when they are first released, and to mature them in the ideal storage conditions of our cellars until they are satisfied that the wines are at their best.
It’s an accountant’s nightmare, but a wine lover’s dream!
Being able to offer these wines is one of the most satisfying things we can do as wine merchant. In recent years we’ve presented selections from individual regions in our Fine Wine Collections, and showcased individual growers’ wines like Penfolds in Australia and Bodegas Muga in Rioja.
Now, with a new name – Museum Release – we showcase the fruits of a single vintage, which was widely successful across a wide range of top regions: 2015.
To qualify as a Museum Release, a wine needs to have been kept in our cellars for an absolute minimum of four years for red wines or two years for white wines; but ultimately the decision on when to release these wines is down to the palates of our expert buyers.
2015 was a vintage that produced outstanding wines across the great regions of France and beyond. It was a success in the holy trinity of Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhône, as well as parts of the Loire and in Alsace. It was an outstanding vintage for Germany’s rieslings, notably delicious in both Tuscany and Piedmont in Italy, and was celebrated a continent away in South Africa, with red wines from Stellenbosch a particular success story.
And in even better news, we are delighted to report that, six years later, a great many of our 2015 vintage stocks from these regions are now singing.
We’re thrilled to be able to offer these wines and do look out for more Museum Releases in the future, with even more Bordeaux and some treasured stocks of Burgundies following this selection soon.