Ordinarily, your chances of seeing me at a tasting of 48 white wines from the same producer would be somewhere between none and next to none. But this was a bit different.
A month or so after the annual Southwold tasting, a similar group join up for the annual “Ten Years On” tasting. This year was thus the time for the 2008 Bordeaux vintage, a vintage that I’ve never really “got”, so I was looking forward to it.
If you are a particular sort of wine merchant there are certain wines that you are not supposed to like. Nor are you supposed to encourage your customers to buy them. It’s a strange sales technique though makes perfect sense to those that employ it.
I’ve always thought the 2014 Bordeaux vintage to be a bit of a sleeper, by which I mean it’s a vintage that lies a little under the radar. It’s not a shouty vintage, and it was released at a time when a few merchants had seemingly given up trying to sell Bordeaux.
After months of inactivity, we are off. It hasn’t been writers’ block, more a lack of anything interesting to write about and, to a not inconsiderable degree, auto-ennui. And then a Burgundy vintage comes along.