Best Wines in the World Are Still French Two Glorious Examples Show Why
Despite all the remarkable improvements we have seen over recent decades in the wines from Italy, Spain, America, Australia etc., a revelatory wine experience reaffirmed what I have long known: at the very apex of the wine world, at the rarified heights on viniferous Olympus, great French wines remain unchallenged.
This confirmation occurred at a dinner with friends where two wines shone with unrivaled brilliance. One secret of their triumph was their age: a sixteen year old Burgundy and a seventeen year old Sauterne.
Despite the best efforts of producers to make wines ever more accessible when young, there’s no escaping the fact that great wines still need time.
I original had half a dozen bottles of the Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru 1998, Louis Jadot, and have been trying them, one at a time, every couple of years since 2006, but they had been a big disappointment, an all too common occurrence with pricy, temperamental Burgundy.
They were closed, tannic, marred by an aggressive acidity. Despite hours of breathing they never opened up.
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