June 24, 2007

Another year older

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Just had another birthday so now I'm another year older but none the wiser. I actually spent a quiet evening at home and didn't go out to celebrate, since I would have two celebratory dinners one week apart starting today. But I did invite my neighbors Winnie and Colin (who are due to move house today) to come and drink a nice bottle of wine.

I opened a bottle of 1970 BV Georges de Latour and decanted it. The last time I had this was 5 years ago with a bottle purchased while tasting at BV. That was a great bottle and fulfilled all my expectations. Would this bottle be the same, even though I bought it from Winebid.com?

The verdict was positive. The wine remained rather closed in the beginning while it was sitting in bottle and later in the closed decanter, but once we started drinking it gradually opened up. At its peak about 2 1/2 hours after opening, the wine was drinking beautifully, with a full-blown nose of sweet red fruits and a hint of smokiness.

My friend Colin just had his birthday a few weeks ago and I realized that he was also born in my year, and had never had anything from his vintage, so this was a nice treat for him. We have both read Taber's Judgement in Paris so he also knew a little about the history of BV and the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff. The 1970 would still have been made by Andre and his son Dmitri. I hope to have another opportunity to drink this wine in another 5 years!

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