One Bordeaux, two Bordeaux, three Bordeaux, floor! In all honesty is sounds a lot worse than it actually was. Now, understand the abuse of wine is something that really does get my Irish up–remember I’m Italian only by association–but truth be told this was a memorable wine experience. Being a professional, I offer this disclaimer: no brain cells were injured during the making of this memory; maybe a bit twisted perhaps.
The occasion was the birthday celebration for my best friend, my comrade, Tony. For over twenty years Tony and I have been the odd couple, suffering the slings and arrows of life, and dealing with the outrages of lack of fortune. So, it was no surprise when Tony showed up at the house with a bottle of wine.
The wine was Chateau Haut Mont-St. Fort 2009. Following two glasses, some cheese and crackers, we arrived at our studied conclusion that this was a good wine. A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, quite the tasty combination. We arrived at our first intermission while Tony went to pick up his mother.
What goes well with Mom’s spaghetti and meatballs? Why a nice Bordeaux J-P Moueix Private Reserve 2010. J-P Moueix is a Bordeaux négociant founded in 1937. The company distributes prestigious wines from Saint Emilion and Pomerol and manages its own portfolio of estates. The jewel in their crown is Château Pétrus, the most sought after Merlot in the world. The family have been almost wholly responsible for the rise to stardom of Saint Emilion and Pomerol over the last 50 years and are even making waves in the Napa with their super premium Dominus Estate. All that aside, the wine is smooth, ripe and long. More sophisticated wine drinkers would label this wine a claret.
After a second intermission, which included a walk about the block to ponder the difficult issues of life the universe and everything, Tony and I arrived at the answer of 42, and a third bottle of wine.
Dinner! Oh hell yes, Pork Loin, mashed potatoes, veggies and oh yeah and a third bottle of Bordeaux, la Chapelle. Another winner of a blend 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15.5% Cabernet Franc, 28.5% Merlot. I don’t know if sommeliers all around the world are shaking their heads in disgust, but to me this was a super food pairing with the wine. The arrival of Tony’s sister heralded one last glass with cake; this was a day for the record books.
Now did we give these wines the attention they deserved? Probably not, but they joy and memories they help create will lived longer than anything from Decanter Magazine. Another page in a life well lived, bless you all.