Thursday, July 03, 2008

Another Mouton Post.

Two guys in the brasserie ask about Chateau Talbot. Currently we only have the 2005 in the cellar, which is way too young. So they ask me for a suggestion.
Suggestion no 1 - Reserve da la Comtesse 99, second wine of Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. I think its pretty good value for £67 on the list.
Not enough money they say, go higher. (Talbot would be around £75-90 on the list depending on the vintage)
Suggestion no 2 - Les Pagodes de Cos 1996, second wine of Cos d'Estournel. £95.
Still too little, they say, go higher.
Suggestion no 3 - Chateau Gruaud-Larose 1996 £130.
Nowhere near high enough they say, higher still.
Suggestion no 4 - Les Forts de Latour 1985 £280
At this point one of the fellas points to the wine underneath it, thats more like it, he bellows, well have that one there.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1988 £560.
The colour was a ruby red with a definite brick red tinge about the rim. On the nose it was vibrant, smoky with peppers, soft black fruits and a cedary almost tobacco finish. On the palate it was silky soft, the flavours of currants and brambles mixed with a woody spicyness and a touch of peppery salsa. It had a pretty long length to it, with the flavours gradually fading. My last bottle for now, but we are stocking up with some stock ex-chateau. I cant wait until its all here.


Alex said...

Do you think the bloke buying wine by price tag is single?!

Although do you not find it makes you a little upset when people just want to spend the money?

Peter May - The Pinotage Club said...

So did you wait till you got back to the privacy of your cellar before shouting "Reee--sulllll TTTT!!!"?

grazza said...

To be honest Peter I wouldnt really class it as a result. I felt it was a bit of a waste, as they were pretty much chosing it based solely on its value. I think in all the years I have been doing this that is the first time anyone has ever done it to me with a wine. People will usually show off with champagne, but not with wine.