NEW YORK -- I had a glass of the 2000 Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on my American Airlines flight from Rome to New York, and it brought back fond memories. The wine in my glass was good quality with currant bush, mushroom and chocolate aromas. It was round, full bodied with soft and caressing tannins. I'd rate it 87 points. It seemed a little green, but it didn’t matter. (I know it was a weak vintage for California!)
But it reminded me of the early days of my career when I drank a lot of bottles of Clos Du Val from 1974 and 1975. They were excellent wines from those vintages, and I was just a young editor with the magazine then. When I experienced the first bottles of Clos Du Val, I hadn’t yet been to Europe reporting for the magazine. But drinking them made me dream of Europe. And my father was a great fan of the wines from the mid-1970s and had them in his cellar.
Maybe I had those feelings when I drank the wine because Bernard Portet, one of the founders of Clos Du Val, had been raised at Château Lafite-Rothschild, where his father had been the winery’s technical director? Who knows?
Has anyone had any of the old Clos Du Vals lately? How are they holding up?
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