In 1980 I sold Henri Jayer’s 1978 Vosne-Romanée “Cros-Parantoux” for $31 per bottle. More recently, a case of twelve of the same sold at auction for one quarter of a million dollars. You might call it liquid assets. In 1992 I sold Gérard Chave’s 1990 Hermitage Rouge “Cuvée Cathelin” for $110 per bottle. The other day I saw it offered in London for $14,720 per bottle. If you are on a budget, a New York merchant has it at $5,000. I’m drinking my stash, by the way. I’m sure I don’t have to draw a conclusion for you.
Growing up, Didier Meuzard, like many in Burgundy, didn’t drink much ratafia. He may have been born and raised in a rural, forgotten corner of the region once celebrated near and far for the beverage, and he may today be the most acclaimed producer of it, but for a long time it wasn’t something that he gave much consideration to. The art of artisanal ratafia-making was on the verge of disappearing, along with the art of craft distillation.
Unlike France, Italy does not have a Meursault, Alsace, or Hermitage—appellations capable of producing epic, cellar-worthy white wines on a yearly basis. But that does not mean Italy cannot make great whites that stand to improve with time.
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