Just before Xmas 1987 I received a profit related bonus from the company I worked for ( the National Freight Consortium ). After becoming interested in wine in 1985 it was the first time I’d had the budget to truly indulge myself. There was a nearby wine merchant ( Gerard Harris ) with a great list associated with, and just across the road from, The Bell Inn restaurant in Aston Clinton, Bucks who I’d bought wine from previously.
Anyway, I ended up splurging £35 on a 1978 Chambertin Clos de Beze which was duly opened with a roast duck on Xmas day. Although expectations were high it completely exceeded them. I’d never smelt or tasted anything that so engaged my senses like it before.
I’ve still got the label in a scrapbook as French wines had water soluble glue on their labels back then…
…they also had a 1982 La Tache on their list too, which I thought long and hard about buying, but that was just a touch too much at £64 !