Tasting old & rare french wines
It’s a rainy Wednesday night, so what better way to warm up than tasting some rare & old french wines. Vintage Cellars Double Bay are clearing out their cellar, and giving us the opportunity (open to the public) to taste the last few bottles of some treasures in the back of the cupboard. And we don’t know if they will be beautiful or blah.
The white which really stood out is the Oliver Tricon Les Clos Chablis, Grand Cru, 2010 ($120*) which is mellow and delicious. Given half a chance, I could quaff that whole bottle.
And then there are the really valuable old reds that everyone wants to sample. Only 19 years young, the Chateau Leoville Las-Cases, Saint Julien, 1997 ($325*) had nicely smoothed out tannins and is very drinkable now. The 27 year old Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Leognan, 1989, is well past it’s peak and ready to pour down the drain($350). And finally was the Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 1983, ($380*) aged for 33 years, and still a decent drop, but I wouldn’t wait too long to drink it – weeks, months at a stretch! A very enjoyable evening, I don’t often get a chance to drink wines with such ageing.
Are you a francophile with your wine, or had the opportunity to drink some expensive and aged ones? *there was a 30% discount off the above prices available on the night.
Where am I? Vintage Cellars, 396 New South Head Rd, Double Bay