Charles Joguet once mused that he had gotten a lot of experience drinking good wine while studying art in Paris, but that that was far from teaching him how to make good wine. On the long road of trial and error, he discovered a respect for patience over manipulation. “Finesse is the opposite of action,” he said in La Revue du Vin de France. “You have a terroir, a microclimate, and you do what you can with it.” Clos de la Dioterie is the essence of finesse: a harmony of ripe fruit aromas followed by silky spice on the palate; the freshness of a just-ripe blackberry and a trace of vanilla to soften the acidity. A wine that is easy to call pretty, in the most charming sense of the word.
Ah, those good old nuits d’ivresse! Here’s to the memories of the evenings when a little too much was just right, you know? All the discoveries made, the friendships forged, thanks to that glass—or three—of peppery, slightly herbal, and nonetheless lip-smackingly juicy Cabernet Franc. Cheers to the classiest “drunken nights” you’ll ever taste, with a little help from the Bretons!
The youngest of these three wines is the one that deserves to age the longest. While this cuvée pays tribute to the mémoires of the 110-year-old vines from which it was born, you can honor your bottle by “forgetting” it for some time. Better yet, invest in a couple bottles and open them periodically. A wine of this caliber—complex and packed with potential—is duly shy in its youth. The discreet balance, the soft hint of rose petal, the tang of bright fruit: all foreshadow a very interesting future.