“An interesting thing happened at a dinner party the other day…”
Some four years ago we bought 2 bottles of Chateauneuf-du-pape Domaine Pierre Andre 2000, biodynmaic wine at $70 a bottle. We drank a bottle fairly soon after arrival, it was wonderful, everything you want out of a Rhone wine: great depth, complexity, fruit, delicious, the works. This week we had a dinner party and decided it was time to drink the second bottle. Too late. It wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t even bad, it just didn’t drink to the best of its potential. It was plain, simple, and lacking fruit. It didn’t exhibit those lovely fresh characteristics found with a fantastic Grenache. We’re coming to the conclusion that Grenache based wines are 2 to 8 year wines, this is their optimal drinking window. For us, who have had a 250 case cellar and would insist on only drinking wines that were 15 years or older, this is quite a revelation. Ageing wines a long time has a trade off: fruit. Some obvious exceptions, quality (this word is important in the equation) Cab, Rioja (Tempranillo) and Syrah. All wines with loads of tannins. But a wine that crosses all the boundaries? – Mourvedre – life is good.