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Here is a young Bordeaux that we can all start drinking now, because the pleasure is already there. I mean, youth has its advantages, right? And through the years, the decades, you can keep pulling corks—with such marvelous balance, this beauty should last forever.
When I have some in my glass, I can’t help thinking of Bellevue’s subterranean, chalk-walled cellar. I taste it in the wine—a chalky tannin and sort of a dusty coating on the wild berry fruit. Think about it—gorgeous tannin with fruit and flesh to match.
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
Inspiring Thirst, page 171