Friday, December 31, 2010

An old bottle

One of my pastimes (for I cannot give it more importance than that) is listing and cataloguing our wines accumulated over the past twenty or thirty years.

I don't collect wines as a connoisseur much less as any kind of investment but purely for the amusement of family members when, on the birthday or other special event, I can pull out the appropriate bottle.

Some of it now may be, I fear, "over the top," as we used to say when I was in the wine trade.  Meaning it should have been drunk a long time ago and is now on slow decline.  Reds are particularly prone to this.

Nevertheless we have been very pleased with a few old bottles lately, and I have some sparkling wines reserved for occasions like tonight such as a Blanquette de Limoux and a Clairette de Die.  We drunk the Clairette on Christmas Day to the acclaim of all—pity I don't have another like that one!

Today I thought I'd show you my oldest bottle—though admittedly not that old.  It will be Raphaël's "birthday bottle" I suppose and is quietly awaiting the right moment to get savoured.

Alas, the label has not stood up as well as I hope the contents has.  1978 was in good year in Bordeaux.

1 comment:

  1. I think that is very old, Daddy--it's fourteen years before I was born !!