How tastes change

Thank you for coming to help us dispose of surplus bin ends; we have sold far more in a day and a bit than we thought we would. There’s a huge dent in them although we still have plenty and are ready for your return at 11am.

bin end pair.jpgCouldn’t help but notice a trend in the buying though. And it shouldn’t have been a surprise.

The usual suspects sold out quickly and we now have an interesting selection including two that particularly caught my eye albeit for different reasons.

The wine on the left bears the semi-toxic word “Riesling” and the eagle-eyed no doubt also spotted the even worse “2011”. So, a grape nobody seems to want and a white wine six years old….. Ordinarily six year old wines get a swerve from me too but this is Riesling; arguably the king of white grapes and a variety famous for its ability to age.

And standing proudly next to it is an example of the other main candidate for “king of white grapes”, Chardonnay. I paid a lot for this wine. And no-one wants it. That stings.

So, after a fantastic day of selling and with the keys to our new shop rattling in my sky rocket, I ‘alf-inched a bottle of each to take home to “taste”.

And here is my report…….

Riesling. Fresh and zippy as only a Riesling (or perhaps Chenin) can be at this age. Weighty and limey with a short but clean finish. Anyone curious about Riesling (we know you don’t buy any) but who occasionally drops a tenner on a bottle of zingy white should seriously consider acquiring one of the eight-odd bottles we have left. If you can tolerate lime-flavours, you won’t hate it – I promise. Drink with spicy food or on it’s own.

Chardonnay. We are asking a score for this bottle which makes it dear. We here at Boutique Towers rarely open anything at this price as we believe we can drink well at half that price.

The wine? Fat and weighty with a subtle oak influence which brings maturity and vanilla rather than oak flavours and a light year away from the faux-oak Ozzies you remember from the nineties. Tons of competing flavours and a big dollop of lemon zest fried in butter. Stunning.

Worth twice as much as a £10 bottle? In pure drinking enjoyment terms as calculated by an unemotional actuary? No, probably not. But as an eye-opening luxury experience a resounding yes. You see you won’t get this flavour or style or sense of wonder from spending less.

You really won’t. And if you head for Burgundy for this vibe you are spending £50. Honest.

For me Chardonnay remains king. Especially with a roasted Chicken. Or a lobster.

We are open at 11am and I think there are about 20 bottles of this left……



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One comment

  • John You missed your vocation as a story teller – as I said before and the same applies here – this reads very well! Out of town at the minute, so everything will be gone by the time I get back Wed! Billy McKee

    Sent from my iPhone


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