29 Nov 2006

Making a Stand

MY CURIOSITY was aroused for reasons twofold yesterday when I struck eyes upon this interesting fellow in one of the better Calais warehouses. It was firstly intriguing to see it attempting to stand its elegantly packaged ground amongst the echelon vinous seas (incorporating cabinet-protected Domaine de la Romanée-Conti); secondly, it was offered for £15.98 less than at the bunny-lolloping vineyard door. This anomaly is not entirely down to tax, but potentially the greed of producers Chapel Down/Tenterden, who perhaps maximise a patriotically blinded market? (previous post).
My latest Southwark Weekender article, about the finale of the wine course that I teach, is available to download off the main site.
I tasted a slightly peppery, silex-mineral laden, serious, substantial Pouilly-Fumé this evening - Château de Tracy '04, whilst pouring and part-presenting a very pleasing tasting for Sniff and Spit.