A 25 Year-Old Bordeaux with Christmas Dinner.
"Just like a novel writer can be the same and yet different through his works, a Grand Cru can express the same style through its different vintages.
Impressive in its youth by the intensity of its structure and the strength of its fruit, the wine of Cos evolves slowly to reach a wonderful melting quality and an aromatic complexity when it comes to complete maturity.
Great vintages of Cos d'Estournel can have an exceptionally long life, sometimes exceeding a hundred years." Cos website
And an Old-Fashioned Christmas Dinner Menu:
Traditional Relish Tray, that spins :)
Beef Wellington with Green Peppercorn Port Wine Demi-Glace
Potatoes with Sour Cream & Horseradish
Carrots, Parsnips & Sweet Potatoes with Butter and Parsley
Steamed Green Beans
Eleanor's Delicious Home-Baked Desserts & Cookies
Served on Virginia's Christmas China
My Wine Notes:
60% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Merlot
The cork: in fine shape, just slightly crumbly. Using an ah-so was helpful.
First impression: deep inky-purple color, surprising.
Taste: austere to begin. But over time of about 3 hours it became more and more intriguing. Smooth with balanced acidity. There was certainly fruit there, but specific fruit flavors were not evident.
Overall: this wine is mature, not flamboyant, elegant, with a lingering finish and surprisingly no sediment. Quite enjoyable.
A special thank you to Lou and Lauren for including me in their family celebration.
Where were you in 1982?
I was working for the old Velvet Turtle Restaurants.
Beef Wellington was one of our signature dishes back then.