Still in Geneva at the Salone International de la Haute Horlogerie – the international watch show. I looked at some cool pieces from Panerai today such as a Radiomir 47mm “California.” It’s a retro look diver’s watch that’s going to be available in the States in December. I would love to buy one. I also like some new watches from Parmigiani.
Back to wine. I had a quick lunch of beef carpaccio with Parmesan shavings and olive oil with a light salad of arugula on top. And I drank a glass of Cahors Moulin Lagrezette Fut de Chene 2001. This is a Cahors from the former CEO of the Richemont group, Alain Dominique Perrin. Most of the watch companies at the show are part of his former employer’s luxury product group such as Cartier, Dunhill, Panerai, IWC, and so on. Anyway, I guess they had to serve his red – which isn’t bad. In fact, it’s very good quality, with mineral, raspberry and light vanilla character. (Fut de chene means "oak barrels" in French, so it's aged in small barrels). It’s medium-bodied, with slightly angular tannins and a medium finish.
I remember visiting the estate in Cahors years ago with Perrin and wondering why in the world the guy bought it. Sure it looked like a fairy-tale castle with enough bedrooms to house most of the watch manufacturers at the show. But why try to make a great wine in Cahors? He even admitted that he wanted to buy a Bordeaux chateau but he couldn’t find one at the time. Don’t settle for second best, monsieur.
Have you ever had a Cahors that really turned you on?
Lagrezette uses the talents of consulting enologist Michel Rolland, and it still can’t pull off something outstanding. But maybe that’s the nature of the beast – Cahors?
It’s still a pleasing wine, and the quality and style is what you expect in a Cahors. It worked well with the carpaccio.
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