I’m doing my best to recover from an extremely stressful week at the MPA, since I do not feel like I have progressed hardly at all on my final papers for Le Gales and Salame (public policy and international security). And today was especially distressing, as I spent another 2 hours on the Micro problem set and then a half an hour of the Stats problem set, and do not feel at all comfortable with the results. So voilà, time to drink! I flew solo on this one, accompanied just by me, my stress and my pre midlife crisis. The setting was my Pigalle studio apartment in Paris, in the evening around 10ish.
Bottle & Producer: 2006 Héritage, Les Collines du Bourdic
Appellation: Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Source: Rue de Douai local caviste
Recommendation: Store owner. I asked for his favorite bottle for under 5 Euros to drink as an aperitif tonight. Upon further interrogation, I requested a more fruity bottle, versus something more light and subtle.
Method: Aerated for 1 hour in a large canning jar, and drunk with my IKEA Bordeaux glass
Eye: clear, dark reddish purple
Nose: simple attack, plums, red tart berries, all fruit, not much complexity except for a little spicyness and pomegranate, and followed by subtle grass
Palate: strong bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit peel, very bitter, very dry, acidic and juicy, medium tannins, medium-bodied, 12.5% vol., gritty texture and thin form
Conclusion: Wow bittery! This wine just didn’t taste that good. After opening up in the glass and in the palate, the complexity progressed; however, the mild complexity that was presenting itself just wasn’t pleasant. After a few minutes the wine began to fall apart in the glass, developing artificial nuances of cheap, chewy and stale movie theatre candy. This wine is commercial worthy but that’s about it, then again for this price, maybe that’s all we can ask for. I don’t know why, maybe my wishful thinking and hopes of improving the night after a horrible day, but I was optimistic that something more would come out of this.
Anecdote: I’ve been battling the beginnings of a mild cold and mild sore throat for the last day or two. It seems that it spawned during Virginie’s X-mas party, as the MPAers are falling like flies, with many catching the pre-Saint Nic bug. In all fairness to the wine, my misery certainly may have affected my palate at least a little, since I was downing some green tea for a solid hour just up to a few minutes before the tasting. Additionally, my palate is a little weak and yucky, in the midst of a battle against the holiday germs.
But Miki San has come to the rescue. She passed me over some crazy Japanese home brewed remedy. I think she’s a witch! I now have a whole kit of some incense-like sticks and metal prod-like things. First I’m supposed to inhale the smoke from the incense, which Miki San warned would burn and taste very bad. Then I’m supposed to take one of the metal prod, pipe-like looking things with the incense burning inside, and rub it on my joints and muscles to rid my body of all ailments. It sounds quite intriguing and mysterious and voodoo-like… I hope it works!