jamie goode's wine blog: Missing out on 61 Palmer

Monday, October 30, 2006

Missing out on 61 Palmer

Went to the Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) Chateau Palmer vertical tasting today. The CWW tastings are awesomely good, but sometimes active winewriters can miss out on places to less active older members, or wine correspondents for the Nuneaton Argus (I'm hoping such a publication doesn't exist) who attend these events for pure enjoyment rather than ever hoping to actually use the information for paid writing work.

I was under time constraints. I had to leave at 4.30 pm, which was the scheduled close time. But as we laboured our way through an initial flight of Alter Ego, and a seemingly endless barrage of rather inane or dull questions from the more vocal members of the audience, I just knew the tasting would over-run. We enjoyed a flight of 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001, and then turned to some blind pairs. 2000 and 1999; 1990 and 1989; 1983 (1982 should have gone here but was corked); 1971 and 1970. Some thrilling wines. I knew the next flight was going to be good, but I just had to leave - all those daft questions meant I'd run out of time. My worst fears were confirmed later by an email from Neal Martin, who I was sitting next to at the tasting. I'd missed the 1961, which was served along with the 1962.

That's life, I guess. I think I'm likely never to taste the 1961 Palmer. It is destiny. It was opened for a tasting that Lay & Wheeler put on for some journalists a year ago, but the sole bottle they had was corked, so I didn't taste it then, either. So I'm not thinking about what I missed, but rather the excellent wines I was privileged to taste.


At 12:55 PM, Blogger Cru Master said...

As hard as one may try to get involved in wine (without being snobby or pretentious), it seems that many of the seats in the 'house of wine' are reserved for those elite few who enjoy the sound of their own voices more than the wine in front of them.

It's a pity that you didnt taste the '61 - kind of like me never been able to see my favourite band Pearl Jam - but perhaps the thought or dream of it is grander than the 'thing' itself!!?

Out of interest, what is your most memorable bottle of vino from South Africa?

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Keith Prothero said...

Hi Cru Master. I am a friend of Jamie,s and as I am now in Somerset West,maybe we could meet up. My contact no is 0218471271.

FWIW my favourite Cape wine of recent experience is the 83 Meerlust Rubicon but I also enjoyed serving the 93 Krone Borealis blind to a bunch of UK vinophiles,who preferred it to the 90 Pol Roger.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I've had lots of memorable South African bottles in my journey so far, and hope that I'll enjoy many more. But it's probably the duo of The Foundry and Columella I reported on one of my extended tasting notes on the site about a year ago.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Cru Master said...

Keith it would be fantastic to meet up and chat over a glass of vino some time soon!! here is my email addy in case i dont call you first: thecrusa@gmail.com

Jamie the Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2002 for me, as 'young vintage' to the wine scene, was truly outstanding and worth a try!!

Keith have you heard of winesense (www.winesense.co.za)...any thoughts on the concept?

At 2:02 PM, Blogger stuart said...

I reckon that "winesense" is relatively novel idea. I imagine success will depend largely on the knowledge and enthusiam of the staff, something difficult to maintain in any extended network. I'm heading down to South Africa in a few months so will be sure to get a first hand experience. Stuart

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