5 Oct 2006

Love in a Bottle

THE WINES OF South West France tasting, held at Vinopolis today, frankly creaked with the low squeak of un-oiled zimoframes, owned and partially maintained by wayward Bordeaux dinosaur attendees seeking out "new" turf...
I only had a matter of moments to digest the vast array on offer during my liquid-lunch hour. Of the most interest to me was an almost fruity, almighty Madiran - 'Plénitude' '01 from Producteurs Plaimont. Inky, awesomely tannic (I have decided my relative youth condones such an adjective - indeed I have learnt that one is technically a child until aged 46 in the wine world), this concentrated, focussed and thankfully uncompromising wine played pinball with my senses. I think this is the best Tannat I have ever savoured.
A wine with an aftertaste so long you may as well have married it, was the Rêve d'Autonne Pacherenc du Vich Bilh MÖELLEUX '05 (far right) from Chateau Laffitte Teston. This thorny, peach skin-scented wine had a slight leather bookmark trace on the nose and a fresh, vibrant acidity. Its stirring palate ushered me into oblivion. Like a gorgeous girl on a departing train gently waved goodbye to from a dusky platform, I did not want the succulent moment to fall away into the mists of time...