Best of 2011: GILT (New York, NY)

With Château Margaux vintages dating back to 1900, this lavish restaurant has the tools to give wine lovers a magical experience.

For Patrick Cappiello, wine director at this lavish 52-seat Michelin two-star restaurant, memories of the 1961 Pétrus he tasted years ago still linger. “It was truly one of the most magical wine experiences in my career,” he says, and of all the bottles on his list this is the one he would open. Yet the strength of GILT’s cellar lies beyond the rare single bottles in its remarkable verticals, which include Château Margaux vintages dating from 1900, and 30 wines from Rioja’s CVNE dating from 1946, “purchased directly from the estate,” Cappiello maintains, “so we know the wines have not only been impeccably stored, but have also been resting comfortably.” Yet the most difficult vertical to obtain was not the most expensive, it was Chablis from François Raveneau, going back to 1978, “which have become so heavily sought-after that even one or two bottles is a celebratory find,” Cappiello reveals.

Destination Bottles:

Vertical back to 1978 of François Raveneau Valmur (Chablis Grand Cru)
Vertical back to 1900 of Château Margaux
Vertical back to 1946 of CVNE Imperial Reserva (Rioja)

For more information about this New York City restaurant, click here.

For more New York City restaurants, visit ABC Kitchen, Adour, A Voce, Casa Mono, Daniel, Del PostoEleven Madison ParkGramercy Tavern, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Marea, Minetta Tavern, Per Se, Picholine, Sho Shaun Hergatt, The Lambs Club and Veritas.


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