We got our livers ready on a Tuesday night for the Médoc wine fair. Suspense was built when right outside the venue, police told us to stand back. The INTERPOL was coming. Whatever.
Anyways, we got our tickets and glasses, stepped in and got to work. The room was throbbing with the perfume of bordeaux, a tantalizing mix of currants and berries and green peppers. Out of a total of 36 booths, I probably tried only 30 wines. Some booths went all out and served Grands Crus classés. Most other booths served less well-known but nonetheless great wines. Once again, Bill and I were on a mission to find out our picks of the night. The result was:
2002 Chateau Pey de Pont
$248 / Five Star Wine International Ltd.
2007 Chateau la Bridane
$250/ Fico International Ltd.
Out of drunkiness, both of us were drawn to wines that were ready to drink, without the overpowering tannins and plum you’re usually greeted by with younger wines. These wines might not have been the most illustrious elixirs, but with the $100 coupon, they were pretty good for the buck.