I can hear all of you asking the question: "So how was that last French tasting that you attended?" You're waiting for the answer with baited breathe I'm sure. You probably didn't know I'd turned psychic either. Or is the word psychotic? Either way, I am feeling the overwhelming need to tell you just how things went.
If you remember from my last post, I'd gone on about how even after pouring at so many French wine tastings, on one of my weekends off, I had decided to attend a tasting and that it was a tasting featuring French wines once again.
For those of you not wanting to read through the entire post, I'll say that it was worth the drive and effort. For those of you wanting details, read on....
It's interesting to find myself on the other side of the tables. I find I have time to look at the list of wines and to come up with some idea of what wines I absolutely don't want to miss and those that I can forgo or have even tasted before. A sense of comfort and relaxation comes over me and I can focus on the wines and, as usually happens, converse with those around me, most of whom are asking why I'm not behind a table instead of in front of them.
Interestingly, I found myself talking about the wines with those gathered and still doing what I usually do, enlightening and informing what I know about wine. But it's different when I'm not in a rush or need to focus on all the people around me to make sure everyone gets to sample my wines. Likewise, I do tend to tell those I become loquacious (I love this word of the day stuff) with to shut me up when they've had enough. So far I'm still batting a thousand, no one has yet to ask!
Since most tastings aren't identical, I can usually find a selection of wines that are, shall I say, new to me. This tasting was no exception. Out of around 40 or so wines, there were maybe 10 I had chosen I wanted to taste and 4 special wines (I'll talk about those in a few). Winding through the selections and intermittingly talking to other customers, I found a couple gems. One or two Sancerres (Sauvignon Blanc), a nice Chablis and a couple Rhone wines from that great 2015 vintage. Each one I was able to fully concentrate on and give my full attention, not just slurp the wine down and move on.
Then the real treat of the tasting. The store had opted to open 3 Bordeaux wines. One from 1995, one from 2010 and the last from 2012. Kudos to the shop for that, even if they tended to be on the higher end of the spectrum ($100 or above). 1995 was exceptional, 2010 a great vintage and starting to come of age and 2012 needing more time but showing its potential. One last wine they added that made my day. 2007 Bollinger La Grande Année Champagne. OMG! Even if the whole tasting had been a washout, and it wasn't, this would have made up for it all.
So I left a happy man and ready to take on whatever tasting is next, even if it's French, AGAIN!