|Good ideas can come from out of nowhere. Some people say one should keep a pad and pencil nearby their bed especially for those great wisdoms that wait until we are fast asleep to reveal themselves. Though I firmly believe in that concept, I just don’t practice it. Call it what you will, I just don’t think it’s good for my sleeping patterns to be jotting something down on a pad at, say 3:30AM. But I welcome good ideas, wherever they come from.
So I got this great idea this past Thursday. Where, you might ask? Why, in my best friend’s wine cellar no less. It had been a banner day; lunch with my sister, a jam session with my pal Rob, and dinner at Picco in downtown Larkspur. As dinner was winding down, I realized that I had left my mobile back at his house. As we made the trek back to retrieve it, it became obvious that we would be playing more music. Of course that meant more wine, and off to the cellar I went. There are several newly filled slots now occupied by 2005 Bordeaux down there, and the temptation to pull one out for scientific reasons was unbearable. Somehow, discipline trumped science and the sleeping giants were spared. But come on, 2005 was such a great vintage, surely there’s something that we can enjoy now while keeping our hands out of the cookie jar, if you will.
That’s when it came to me. I got so caught up in worrying about things like which Pauillacs I can afford, or how long I could possibly hold out before cracking either of my two remaining first growths that I almost forgot why I drink Bordeaux in the first place. Because I enjoy it! What a novel concept. I enjoy it. Pure and simple.
So what’s the big idea? The 2005 Mont Perat is the big idea! Let’s see. Is it a 2005? Check. Is it drinkable now? Check. Is it reasonably priced? Check, check, checkety, check check. In all three size formats we offer, it offers amazing value. Come on, $42 for a magnum? $11 for a half bottle? These folks crushed it in 2005 (excuse the pun). It offers up delightful aromatics. Robust dark fruit, notes of earthiness, smoke and cedar. On the palate, it has plenty of weight, and sits comfortably, allowing its various complexities to dance around in harmony. I got to know Mont Perat via their 2003 offering. After enjoying that one, I pulled out my borrowed (thanks Rich) Hachette Guide of the wines of France to check up on the producer. Not only did the otherwise objective (if not sometimes downright critical) guide heap a ton of praise on Mont Perat, they even included a picture of the label. That is an honor reserved for the elite. No, really. Stuff like Haut Brion, Lafite, and DRC. I mean Leoville las Cases doesn’t have their picture in it. Yet here was little ol’ Mont Perat sporting its label in the French Wine Bible.
All in all, this is indeed a great idea. The wine is an amazing value, that makes it absolutely guilt-free to drink. While it’s not going to make you forget about Eglise Clinet or Clos Fourtet, it is going to provide plenty of good drinking starting today and lasting who knows how long? And that should keep all of us from yielding to the temptation of popping one of those cru classe Bordeaux before their time. At least, that’s what I’m banking on! – Peter Zavialoff
|Tasting Notes: A Brilliant Idea
Tasted out of half bottle: Dark garnet with a slight ruby glow. The first thing that hits you is the aroma. It’s expressive with layers of dark fruit braced by a toasty cedar spice and earth. I could just sit around and smell it all day. That would sure make the bottle last, eh? In the mouth, it shows an abundance of fruit that fires to the far corners hitting all your flavor sensors. As Anya stated, it’s modern, yet not in any way manipulated. There’s oak, but it’s not there to hide anything, it just adds to the complexity. And that is what oak is supposed to do. The finish is rich and harmonious and fades away like the credits after a good film. This is solid juice and an absolute steal at this price point. Feel free to email me with any thoughts, questions, or great ideas about dining in downtown Larkspur, jam sessions, or 2005 Bordeaux: email@example.com