Recent purchases got me thinking… why do I buy the wines I buy? There are bigger, better life questions to ponder, but I keep my ambitions humble.
One of the factors that motivate me is trying new varietals. My wine journey has only just begun, so I want to explore in order to home-in on what I really like, not what I think I ought to like.
The very first wine I purchased when I joined the Society was this lovely Marcillac. I never tried a Fer Servadou (aka Mansois) before and wanted to give it a go. It was a success – I really enjoyed it, and it confirmed my hunch that I really do prefer lighter reds, with medium tannins, crunchy fruit, an autumnal feel to them and an acidic bite. Mondeuse is another grape I haven’t tried before I joined the Society, which supported the same conclusion. The most recent purchase has been a Cornalin, which I am yet to try, but the description of the grape made me want to give it a go.
What is your motivation for choosing the grapes/wine that you do? Do you tend to stick to the tried and tested ones which you are confident will bring you pleasure, or do you venture into the unknown? Or to put it in modern terms- do you change your bank more frequently than you change your wine?