Oh guys… so sorry, so so so so really sorry, I have been very busy and have not been able to blog as often as I should… Either way, things are starting to get back on track and there is more than enough wine to drink! I have taken on a new catering job, giving me a bit of extra cash, allowing me to spend a bit more money than I usually would on a bottle of wine, which brings us to this very special tail end of summer day. I am drinking a 1997 Joseph Drouhin Morey-Saint-Denis. Something that is very interesting to me about drinking old wine, is what happened in those years. In 1997, I was 9 years old, living in Encinitas California, and enjoying my life as a 4th grader. After doing a but of studying on 1997, I found out that is is mostly a year of death… there was a lot of genocide going on around the world, as well as a comet shooting over the Earth by the name of Halley. In March 1997, About half a mile from where I lived, the Heaven’s Gate mass suicides happened in a Holiday Inn… unlike those people’s lives, this bottle of Burgundy has had a long and wonderful life.
Burgundy by nature is a thin skin grape, very delicate, and not the easiest to grow, creating a product that can be crisp, juicy, as well as refreshing, not a bad option if you are looking for a red wine to drink the summer or early fall. As red wine ages, it loses color, this wine has dropped from a plum red to an entirely bricked burnt red. On the nose, it is developed, baked cranberry and rhubarb pie, fruit leather, a bit of menthol and herbal notes. Overall it smells like baked fruit and dried herbs. On the palate, it is explosive, a lot of dried red fruit, leather, earth, but still with a lively citrus zing. Very balanced, as well as a decent kick of acid to make the mouth water, tannins are there but not very intrusive. The finish just lingers, it is cranberry, and ripe apple, and baked raspberries, that just go on for a few minutes. Overall, this bottle of wine is amazing, definitely worth the hours of work that went into buying it.
As far as pairing goes, when I get a bottle as special as this, I usually just let it speak for itself, however, if you want to make some food to compliment an old bottle of Burgundy, I would recommend something lite, something to let the wine show though, something like a simple fish dish, or a ratatouille. Classic, simple, light and complementary.
Overall, I would say that this is a $50 well spent