“A good wine is worth drinking only with people who will appreciate it.” With those words my friend Keeley brought out a 1997 bottle of Château Margaux to have with lunch on Sunday.
This was a generous act. She had bought the wine as part of a case several years back and each bottle is now worth an average of £290, or €350.
She decided to open it after reading that the wine was approaching its optimum time for drinking.
Plus, she had gathered my partner, Damon, and me and friends Fiona and Richard for lunch. It was something of a French reunion: we all spent a week together at Keeley’s house in Castillonnès, near Bergerac, for New Year 2013.
Back then we ate and drank well. Maybe too well. Sunday continued that trend.
The Margaux was simply first rate. Somebody has described it as “the wine all others aspire to be”, which seemed pretty accurate.
When it was followed by L’Ecstase from L’Ancienne Cure, I knew we were in for a good afternoon. The five of us had enjoyed a wine tasting at the chateau’s shop, which is on the N21 road, between Castillonnès and Bergerac.
It proved a day of close friends, great wines and happy memories. Now that’s what I call the good life.