In the spirit of openness (openness of the bottle that is), we had ours with supper in the garden. Partly because the weather was so good, but partly because I’ve got a commitment between 8 - 9pm to produce a video with somebody, so I’ll have to apologise for ducking out of the usual timings. But I’ll read up how it went tomorrow and answer any questions etc. if any. So here we go -
It’s the 1982 Jaboulet Ainé Cote Rotie Les Jumelles.
Colour is still a good, deep red, albeit with browning around the rim.
On the nose, and the palate for that matter, a red of this age is not about fruit but aromaticity. It’s a bit hard to describe the aromaticity of a good N. Rhone red in its tertiary phase, as it only shares a limited number of reference points with other things.
But it has that somewhat “inky” character that denotes a mature red of some quality, plus notes specific to Cote Roties. That bacon fat savouriness is there, but no black pepper notes. But it is very harmonious, and still firing on all 8 cylinders. Acidity and tannins are in good balance with the palate still - whilst I’m sure this stopped improving some way back, it still has plenty of mileage left, should you have any.
No, we don’t normally drink in this style midweek! It was just a combination of circumstances suggested it, and as it turned out, it is still a great food wine.
Once again, apologies for the premature posting - I’ll be back on track next week.
(edited to get the vintage right!)