Sommelier rates LeBron James’ $4,000 wine night on his Instagram story
LeBron James’ fans know about the Los Angeles Lakers star’s obsession with fine wines. Recently, he shared a series of photos and videos of his $4,000 wine night via Instagram. Of course, a sommelier rated James’ wines of choice.
Per James Dator of SB Nation, award-winning sommelier Mike Madrigale rated the Lakers’ star wines. Read on further to check out a wine expert’s take:
On the 2008 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne, Rhone, Franc, Madrigale said:
“One of the most sought after pieces of vineyard land in the world. La Landonne is a steep, 45 degree vertigo-inducing vineyard that is in France’s Northern Rhone Valley. This costs about $200-$300 and is a rich, tannic and oaky 100 percent Syrah bottling. This wine will age easily another 40 years.”
On the 1997 Tenuta San Guido Sassicaia Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy:
“My favorite of Lebron’s choices. Sassicaia is the OG of Super-Tuscan wines. In fact the Marchese pretty much invented the category of Super Tuscan — which is grape vines transplanted from Bordeaux and planted on Tuscan soils. The first official vintage was ‘68 and 1997 is definitely one of the finest wines from the estate. Retails for about $300.”
Below are some clips from James’ Instagram stories, as posted by Harrison Faigen:
This LeBron James Instagram story is brought to you by today's sponsor: Wine pic.twitter.com/ZGPQR4P51r
— TV's Harrison Faigen (@hmfaigen) August 14, 2018
Madrigale concluded that James has a fine taste in wines. However, they’re all a little obvious. Is he prodding James to step his wine game up a bit and search for the rarest and finest of wines in the world?
“Overall these are all great choices of wines by Lebron,” Madrigale tells SB Nation. “Every serious wine collector has these wines in their cellars. If I had to nitpick, I’d say that these choices are all a little obvious. They’re the Mercedes-Benz, Louis Vuittons, and Showtime-era Lakers of wine rather than the Bugatti, Hermes, and ‘73 Knicks.”