One of my good friends turned 81 today. Ron’s children live in far away cities, so in many ways over the years, I have become a surrogate sibling. A role that I am happy to take on.
Alicia and I had him over for dinner tonight and on Saturday, when I was visiting him, Ron pointed me to a few bottles of wine in his “cellar” and suggested I pick one for our dinner.
I am the antithesis of a wine snob. If I pay more than $11 for a bottle, I feel cheated and like I should have looked for a less expensive bottle.
Classically dusty and old looking, I knew that the bottles I was looking at all were all a little more than $11.00.
The bottle I selected, with his approving nod, had so many names on it I’m not sure which ones to include.
I selected a 1964 Chateau L’ Arrossee, Grand Cru Classe, Saint Emilion, Light Bordeaux Wine.
I don’t even want to begin to describe the wine as those who are serious about describing wine would be be offended by my naiveté.
The fifty-one year old bottle reminded me, a “big red” drinker, of a sherry, but that was only in the start. It went well with our steaks and I was surpised how well it held up over the years.
The best part was that a friend shared this bottle, valued at over $400.00 with Alicia and I on his birthday.
What a treat and what a memory.
Any of my readers who are wine enthusiasts care to comment on what we shared tonight?
Cutting through a bunch of crap I could find on that wine, you drank the French equivalent of one of Jefferson’s favorite wines – a very stable blend of grapes (which is probably why it stood up so well). Jefferson called his blend a Meritage. Damned good wines. My two cents. What a treat for you. . .and with steaks no less.
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Yes, there was a lot of clutter when it came to learning about that wine. You found more than did and I started looking Saturday night.