Back in the UK about 8 weeks now, and as Arnold says, let’s get serious.
A list of the grown-up, serious things I’m currently occupied with includes;
- trying to a job to support myself, my wife and kid, in London with a modicum of comfort (see below)
- buying a pair of serious shoes – by that I mean brown leather handmade brogues, and definitely NO MORE TRAINERS (Ed. My wife wrote that bit)
- buying a new ‘grown up’ wardrobe – by that I mean, SERIOUS shirts, SERIOUS jumpers and SERIOUSLY expensive accessories (…no more jumpers that make you look like a hip-hop wannabe from the ’90s…)
- having serious conversations like:
Wife – “when you have a minute let’s talk about what nurseries to sign Ashley up to” (Ashley is only 6mo old btw)
Me – “OK”.
Wife – “they’re frikking expensive but if we don’t sign him up now to a Montessori place, he might miss out on life’s opportunities and end up a pauper with no prospects”.
Me – “OK”.
Wife – “So, when are you going to get a job?”.
Me – “Soon” (but only once head stops spinning…)
- Tried and spectacularly failed to sign on for jobseekers allowance
To lighten the weight of all this seriousness, I have:
- bought a new pair of old-school Adidas Torsion trainers – swoon
- played a fair bit of golf
- eaten my body weight in burritos
- had conversations that go like:
Me – “would you rather have spaghetti for eye-lashes or salad for hair?”
Wife – “obvs the spaghetti because you could colour and trim it”
Me – “no you can’t trim it, or colour your spaghetti eye-lashes neither”
Wife – “OK what kind of salad?”
Me – “Frisee”
Wife – “mmm, tough one, but I’d go salad hair”
So life has very definitely got much tougher and more complex. But not on the wine front.
I am LOVING being back in London, and recently took delivery of 6 bottles from my Fine & Rare collection that has been out of reach for the past 2 years.
Today we had Chateau de Saint Cosme’s 2007 Domaine de la Crillonne Cote du Ventoux – 100% grenache from South Rhone. In 2009 it was given a score of 89 by Robert Parker. I must have neglected to read his review saying that it should be drunk within 1 – 2 years, so we are about 5 years late according to the Master. However referring back to the Wine Society’s 2007 opening offer, the drink window was 2014 – 2016 so either Parker or the good people at the W.S are missing the mark by a country mile…..
Still let’s not be so serious about this; we ate delicious 14 day aged mutton from the fabulous Turner & George, with a ridiculously good gravy, spring greens, carrots and smashed roast waxy potatoes. The wine was DELISH.
I think Parker had it wrong – shock horror!!!. According to his timescale he was suggesting drinking it at 2009 – 2011. Having cellared this for the past 7 years, I think this wine still has a bit of aging potential. On the nose it is an abundance of under-ripe blackberries, a hint of spice and slightly of wet leaves. On the mouth it was bursting with firm tannins and red fruit – sour red currant – a slightly gamey flavour and an almost chili-like twang.
With the lamb it was gorgeous regardless of readiness – a perfect, serious, match.