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12 Best Red Wines to Gift for Any Occasion (2023 Edition)

Best Red Wine to Gift

Last Updated on November 25, 2023 by Lydia Martin

When giving gifts, the timeless elegance and sophistication of a bottle of red wine will surely touch the heart of any wine lover. But how can you pick the best red wine to gift to your loved ones?

If this is your dilemma, you’re in the right place. We asked several wine enthusiasts and bartenders about their personal favorites.

After a few discussions, here we list the perfect bottle of reds that gives our family and friends a lasting impression. So for the best red wines, check out these vintages below.

Top 12 Red Wines To Give On Any Occasion

1. BOND Pluribus Red Wine (2003)

BOND Pluribus Red Wine (2003)

Average Price: approx. $516/750ml

Alcohol Content: 14.5% ABV

Nose: Ripe-sweet, smoky

Palate: Luscious, full-bodied

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: Boasting a rich palate, this red wine is a lavish delight (higher price points). This red wine is an ideal gift if you want the perfect bottle that goes well with hearty dishes/foods like Duck & Gamebird and beef.

2. Château d’Yquem Red Wine (1986)

Château d’Yquem Red Wine (1986)

Average Price: approx. $461/750ml

Alcohol Content: 14% ABV

Nose: Tropical fruit, honey

Palate: Sweet, balanced acidity

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: This red wine is one of the excellent wines with the perfect harmony of tropical fruit, honey, and refreshing acidity. We like this timeless masterpiece, a true indulgent oozing with balance.

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3. Château Angélus Red Wine (2010)

Château Angélus Red Wine (2010)

Average Price: approx. $478/750ml

Alcohol Content: 15.5% ABV

Nose: Savory-luscious

Palate: Rich, sweet

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: Its deep crimson hue, harmonizing taste, and luscious notes create a captivating aroma.

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4. Domaine Raveneau Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru (2013)

Domaine Raveneau Chablis Butteaux 1er Cru (2013)

Average Price: approx. $473/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 13% ABV 

Nose: White flowers, grapefruit.

Palate: Citrus, tart apple, saline.

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: This red wine has brilliant clarity, precise flavors, and a long finish. Orchard fruits, citrus, nuts, and minerals dominate the nose and palate, culminating in a rich, lasting finish.

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5. Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard (2009)

Schrader Cabernet Sauvignon GIII Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard (2009) 

Average Price: approx. $390/750ml 

Alcohol Content: 14.4% ABV

Nose: Seductive, aromatic

Palate: Rich, complex

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: It’s the perfect bottle if you want uncommonly rich flavors – from cassis to mocha.

“Red wine is where every sip whispers a tale of rich indulgence.” – Liquor Laboratory 

It gives an exquisite and captivating experience, ideal as a red wine gift to your friends wanting to explore more than the usual raspberry and cherry hints.

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6. NV Krug Grande Cuvée 162nd Edition

NV Krug Grande Cuvée 162nd Edition

Average Price: approx. $368/750ml

Alcohol Content: 12% ABV

Nose: Opulent, creamy

Palate: Light-bodied red wine

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: This is the perfect bottle with an exceptional blend of 142 wines from 11 vintages (from different regions). It’s one of the rare bottles with a symphony of flavors from Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier grapes.

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7. 2010 Château La Mondotte Red Wine

2010 Château La Mondotte Red Wine

Average Price: approx. $339/750ml

Alcohol Content: 15% ABV

Nose: Opulent dark fruits

Palate: Silky, powerful essence

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: We like the boysenberry, espresso, and truffle blend. This bold, intense, full-bodied wine boasts a captivating, lengthy finish. Silky tannins and rich flavors promise a remarkable aging potential, making it a savory treasure.

8. Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Rennina (2010)

Gaja Pieve Santa Restituta Brunello di Montalcino Rennina (2010)

Average Price: approx. $260/750ml

Alcohol Content: 15% ABV

Nose: Cherries, red fruit, vanilla

Palate: Bold yet balanced

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: With its burgundy-like color and complex aromas, this provides a balanced palate of black cherry, spices, and notes of caramel and herbs. This full-bodied wine is the right bottle to give a lasting impression and a truly exceptional experience.

9. Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon (2008)

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon (2008)

Average Price: approx. $234/750ml

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Fruity elegance with depth

Palate: Balanced, refined Blackberry notes

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: It’s a little lower in ABV but one of the most complex red wines we’ve tried. This full-bodied red wine is very refined and mature. Besides, this red wine bottle makes a perfect gift for your discerning wine-lover friends.

10. Château Pape Clément Red Wine (2005)

Château Pape Clément Red Wine (2005)

Average Price: approx. $228/750ml

Alcohol Content: 12.5% ABV

Nose: Concentrated black currant and black cherry

Palate: Bold, dense, jammy with licorice notes

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: This full-bodied Bordeaux blend (55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) carries exceptional depth and taste with a velvety texture. With a lasting finish, it’s one of the best red wines to gift to your special someone.

11. Taittinger Brut Comtés de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (2007)

Taittinger Brut Comtés de Champagne Blanc de Blancs (2007)

Average Price: approx. $194/750ml

Alcohol Content: 12% ABV 

Nose: Delicate white blossom and citrus

Palate: Vibrant lemon, creamy peaches, smoky undertones

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: This wine bottle exudes a lively, creamy taste with a lingering smoky finish – the perfect bottle gift for your dad or uncle wanting excellent taste with some complexity.

“The best way to learn about wine is by drinking.” – Alexis Lichine, Russian Writer

The price points are slightly lower than most wines on this list. So, this is the perfect bottle to consider.

12. Château Pontet-Canet Red Wine (1996)

Château Pontet-Canet Red Wine (1996)

Average Price: approx. $147/750ml

Alcohol Content: 13% ABV

Nose: Black currants, black pepper

Palate: Sweet fruit taste, ripe tannin

Star Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Why We Like It: This is one of the wines with complex aromas and rich, concentrated flavors. This wine blends Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, creating a fresh and lively wine.

*Note: The star rating was determined based on a blind test, with 1 being the lowest and 5 being the highest. Each product was evaluated on its overall quality, flavor profile, complexity, smoothness, and overall enjoyment.

FAQs

What does a red wine gift mean?

A red wine gift embodies appreciation, celebration, and connection, offering a gesture of warmth, taste, and shared moments.

Should I get red or white wine for a gift?

Get red for a gift if you want bold warmth, or choose white for a gift if you like refreshing lightness. But most importantly, choose the perfect bottle of red wine [2] that suits the receiver’s preference.

Final Thoughts

Selecting the best wines requires a combination of expertise and personal experience. So, we make sure to curate the best list with exceptional quality that every receiver will love and appreciate.

If you ask for the best wine bottle, it will surely be the 2003 BOND Pluribus. Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s worth it, given its premium quality and bold warmth, making your present truly memorable.

References:

  1. https://www.fs.usda.gov/wildflowers/ethnobotany/tannins.shtml#
  2. https://www.newsweek.com/amplify/30-fascinating-facts-about-wine-that-you-never-knew
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