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Flying home from my recent vacation in Costa Rica, I had a lot on my mind. The situation in Chile foremost, followed by thoughts of my impending return to the office where a short deadline for my annual Loire report waited, along with bad weather and the usual end-of-vacation doldrums.
Sitting on the plane, I took a distracted sip of the red wine I had been served—I certainly wasn’t expecting much. But the spicy, slightly mature notes, coupled with a still-lively briary hint, made me take an immediate second sip. There were nice dried cherry, strawberry and tobacco hints too, with a lingering herb note. A surprisingly good airplane wine that I rated 87 points, non-blind, before I saw what it was.
When I had the flight attendant show me the bottle, I was more than surprised. 2004 is not a great vintage for red Burgundy, but it was still nice to get a premier cru from a very respected producer, such as Drouhin.
Once again, a good sip of wine helped take the edge off of the more unpleasant things in life ….
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