What is a celebration without excess? The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom, after all. A bottle of wine each seems easy going on such a happy night.
Sancerre Rouge Belle Dame 2002, Domaine Vacheron
This was a bit closed and responded very well to a vigorous shake in the decanter. After we’d coaxed it to open up a bit more this revealed very nice pure red fruit on the nose. It also had a bit of smokey, flinty Sancerre character; it is all in the terroir clearly. It tasted quite acidic, but had very good fruit and some real complexity. There was a bit of grassy-ness to the acidity that seemed quite reminiscent of white Sancerre. This seems like a good Côte de Beaune village wine and the price was not wrong for that level of quality. I think I will keep my remaining bottle for five to ten years just to see what happens; I think I’ll be rewarded for my patience.
You certainly will be rewarded!
the 1996 that i drank recently for my Birthday was sublime – I think it takes on “weight” as it ages and it was worthy of a good cotes 1er cru. but…I only have one more left. They patience is a virtue…
Yes, I think it’ll age really well. I am not expecting any great fireworks, but I think it will be a lovely drink. The 2002 seemed particularly good. I’ll have to ask l’homme Vacheron to pop a 2003 when I next see him, that might be a real laugh.
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