We just recently got back from a short trip to Columbus, Ohio. You may think it is reckless to have Michigan license plates on your car and venture into the city, but all was fine and it was a wonderful trip. We went down with three of the grandchildren and their parents, as we were meeting our relatives from Louisville, Kentucky who came up with three of their children for a get-together before school started. There were a couple of day trips were scheduled for all the cousins and a good time for the adults as well.
After one of the day trips, my Sister-in-Law and her husband stopped at our suite to relax and have some wine. I know that that sounds so strange for wine lovers, as the four of us are. My Bride had packed some wine for the trip, along with cheese and fruit and other assorted snacks. If you saw our car and luggage one might have thought we were moving, with our portable electric refrigerator for the car.
We had opened up a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay 2012 from the Sonoma Coast, which is always a safe bet for a bottle of wine. For an afternoon drink on a Summer day it had hit the spot, and our in-laws always enjoy a glass of Chardonnay or two, along with us. Then my Brother-in-Law brought out a bottle for us to enjoy as well, and I was blown away. He handed me a bottle of Chateau Cheval Blanc 1985, a Grand Cru from Saint-Emilion and one of the most famous bottles of wine from the Bordeaux. It is one of only four wineries that are designated as a Premier Grand Cru Classe. The vineyard is planted with Cabernet Franc, Merlot as well as some Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has been featured in such diverse films as “Never Say Never Again,” “Ratatouille” and “Sideways.” In “Sideways” one of the main characters Miles is constantly berating Merlot (and those of you who know me, know that I am very fond of this varietal) and there is a famous scene in the film where he is drinking a Chateau Cheval Blanc 1961 from a Styrofoam cup while eating a hamburger and fries at a diner. While we were mentioning this film, we were getting ready to open the bottle, as my Brother-in-Law was concerned about the age of the wine. After removing the foil cap, he started to uncork the bottle and the cork began to crumble, but with style and finesse he actually was able to uncork this very long cork, though it is too bad that it was broken, as it would have been a great keepsake on its own merit. The moment had arrived, as we all tasted the wine at the same time. The wine may have lost some of its power, but it was still very mellow. The tannins and fruit were very soft, but one could see the elegance of the wine was still there, and we knew that it was a fine wine, and we knew that we would not have anything as fine as that later in the evening with a table of fourteen for dinner, especially one that could handle the taste buds of six children.