10 Luxurious Gifts to Give
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1947 Château Cheval Blanc ($11,000). Proof, 775 G St. NW; 202-737-7663
As proprietor of Proof, one of Washington’s most wine-centric dining establishments, Mark Kuller knows a good vintage when he tries one. “I am fortunate to have had the 1947 Cheval Blanc once, and it remains the greatest wine I have ever tasted.” That is no small endorsement, considering Kuller has tasted thousands of wines and has one of the most compelling collections in our area. However, the mystique of the Cheval Blanc has won his heart and mind. As the story goes, despite the extreme heat in Bordeaux during the summer of 1947, the Cheval Blanc yielded a profile that would make it, as the world’s foremost wine authority Robert Parker put it, “the crown jewel in any millionaire collector’s cellar.” “It’s an otherworldly freak of nature that still tastes fresh today,” says Kuller, whose restaurant is the only dining establishment in Washington with a bottle. “It’s mammoth and opulent, but still energetic.” But if you’d like to give this rare bottle, or receive it, Kuller has a warning. “Truly great wine is among life’s greatest gifts—meant to be shared—and I promised my partners that if Proof’s bottle had not sold by our 10th anniversary in 2017, we would open it that night. Something tells me they aren’t trying very hard to sell it.”
Celebrating the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner at Carnegie Library.