I am considering a new policy under which I will not buy any more red, pink or purple bordeaux within the inclusive range of 2011-2014 based on my clouded perception that life is too short for insignificant things.
Instead I will ‘re-double’ my priorities for the years 2010 & 2015. Given the massive 4 year no-touch zone, how will I survive? I am not sure yet. Only time will tell. But I will not diviate into drinking much Rhone or South to compensate because for me the spiritual harmony only comes from those crimson St Emilion barrels, the dark pomegranates of Pomerol. I am happy to drink ‘even Fronsac’ for that matter. The only pointed exclusion for me has been Castillon: I have to (discretely) force myself to drink it, but I do it sometimes out of humanitarian reasons: after all, they are ‘close enough’ to the real thing & it’s not their fault I have immutable anti-Castillon detectors installed at the factory. Believe me, life would be a lot simpler if I could just have a glass of Madam de Castillon & say ‘Yes, I can truly feel the Selbstbestimmung now’. Alas.
I will also look at vintages that predate my infatuation with bordeaux: 09, 08. It’s good to see some more exclusive nines & eights popping out all of a sudden now. They are very bad news for my bank manager though, but high streets have everything centralised now, don’t they. No more local branches where they know your name. No more friendly branch manager hinting that I have committed certain commitments that may outstretch my balance by that much. So I guess it’s ok.
What do you think?