Good wines have a trajectory of life, just like a human being. In their youth, they’re sweet, simple, and cute. As they develop, they start to express an identity. They may still possess youthful charm, but their true character starts to form. Toward the end of a wine’s life, it may become thin, frail, and short of breath. An old wine may not be confused for one more recently bottled, but there are still fleeting moments of nostalgic expression which seem to recall the days of its youth.
These days we’re all in too much of a hurry to drink wines when their young, rendering the experience of an older wine entirely too infrequent. We just got our hands on a few bottles of two different older wines: one Bordeaux and one Burgundy. Each is reaching the end of its life, so you might have to listen harder to hear them speak.
1978 Chateau Les Ormes de Pez St. Estephe $30
1988 A.-F. Gros Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits $50
Very limited. Call/email to reserve a bottle if you’re interested. 617.522.6416 [email protected]carwines.com