Bill is here and we are now in full wine searching mode. We have decided to spend today looking for more Cave Cooperatives. The cornerstone wine for the club has been Chateau Grand Saint Brice – from a Cave Cooperative in St Yzans de Medoc. It is a wonderful wine in small production at a fantastic price. Another wine from the same Co-op is Chateau La Calonne and we bought a bottle of the 1999 the other day and had it for dinner that night. It is incredible (we’re going back to buy more) and at 11 euros it is a steal.
Our first visit of the day was to the Co-op in Listrac where we met the ever engaging Marie-Laurence our guide through the various wines of the C0-op. We tasted eight of their wines and were very impressed. We chose four for the blind tasting and there is one that I am sure will make it through to the Club Pack. We are pretty excited.
Next it was off to lunch. Hey this is France! Marie-Laurence graciously gave us two of the bottles we had opened for the tasting and made a reservation for us at a local restaurant where we were able enjoy a fabulour meal outside in the glorious sunshine (the weather has been fabulous).
After lunch it was off to a small winery located between Mouton Rothschild and Lafitte Rothhschild. The old farmer met us and was very proud of his wine – and even more proud of his location. His wine is very good and in some ways a classic Pauillac. We have put it in the blind tasting but I have my doubts about how it will fare. We’ll see.
Our next stop was another Co-op; this time in St. Estephe. St. Estephe is the home of some great wineries including Cos D’Estournel and Lafon Rochet. Again we tasted from six diffeerent winemakers and like two of the wines very much. The group was not as impressive as Listraac or St Brice but there are some solid wines and they may fare very well in the blind tasting. It was a very good day and we now have over thirty wines for the blind tasting – Le Grand Deegustation. Time to return to Waynes, and begin setting up our plans for the rest of the week.
From Waynes it was time for dinner – again outside – and we opened two old bottles that we bought at the C0-op in Listrac. The first was a 1982 that was corked and the second was a 1990 that was tired and done. So we were disapointed with our old wines but that is what the discovery process is all abouut. We will keep looking tomorrow and hopefully find more great wines to add to the blind tasting.