I attended a playful dinner last night at a friend’s house in Mykonos. My buddy is a big-time wine collector, and he has been nice enough to share many great bottles with me – although last night was not the case!
We spend a lot of time together tasting (and drinking) good bottles and traveling around France and Italy. And a lot of the time is spent like brothers--giving each other a hard time and joking around.
Last night I decided to play a little trick on him. He had been serving at dinner an Argentine wine from Bodegas y Vinedos O. Fournier – 2002 BCrux. The blend of Tempranillo, Malbec and Merlot is a very good wine for the money. And there were too many people at the dinner party to pull out more serious bottles.
But then I noticed that there was a bottle of Monbousquet 1999 in the cooler next to the bottles of BCrux. So I decided to decant the Bordeaux into the BCrux bottle and serve it at our end of the table.
I poured my buddy a big glass full of the stuff. And I could barely keep from laughing out loud.
He started drinking the wine. And wasn’t really paying attention. So I said, “This Argentine wine is pretty good, man.”
He smiled. “Ya, it is.”
I said, “They use really good wood on this wine. No?”
“You can’t make serious red without good wood,” he answered, with a slight look of suspicion.
I added, “This wine is really good. It reminds me of a very good Bordeaux, maybe from a less good vintage.”
My bud gave me a strange look and then stuck his nose in the glass for a serious whiff and then tasted it. He looked a little surprised.
“In fact, it reminds me a lot of Monbousquet, maybe 1999, the one you like to serve for everyday dinners,” I said.
“You *#*!*,” he said, with a good hearty laugh.
We never told anyone at the other end of the table that we had switched from Mendoza to Bordeaux. The 1999 Monbousquet was drinking really well, with lovely fruit and fine tannins. The astringency the wine had in its early days is gone. I put it at 90 points now.
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