But first, happy new year to all of you who accidentally (or otherwise…) end up on these pages. In the spirit of 2013-ness, here is a small collection of New Year ‘cards’ from some people you may know and love – note there were others too, but why would I want a boring picture of their bottles in my inbox? – note for next year, send me a real bottle 🙂 !
But let’s return to those lovely people, the Lafarges: This is the last of three bottles bought at auction: The first was irreparably damaged by oxidation, the second was quite drinkable – indeed good for a 1986 – and then there was this one:
1982 Michel Lafarge, Volnay 1er Clos des Chênes
Once-more, the cork slides out rather too easily and looks damp across its full length – it carries the smell of oxidation, but the wine seems to have largely escaped that fate. Actually there is a trace of an oxidative note but there’s pretty fruit too, but it’s the cork taint spoils it most…!
Rebuy – No Chance
Luck is a fickle thing! I suppose I should really be drinking 85-92 to break my duck and have a really great Lafarge – but they are hard to come by…
Lastly – a good article on David Clark here. I visited him at the end of November and got to see his tidy row of demijohns – interesting that a small strip of silicone rubber that ‘seals-off’ (seal is clearly the wrong word) his aspirators were quite porous enought to allow gas exchange.