Goodwood Revival is this weekend, and I’m off there on the Sunday as a treat for the old man’s birthday. The vintage cars and the obligatory vintage fancy dress got me thinking of what vintage wine to drink on the day?
A vintage wine is a wine made from grapes harvested in a specific year, which is pretty much every wine, so plenty to choose from right up to the new 2012 Sauvignons coming in from New Zealand already. I’m looking at older vintages though to match up with the vintage cars. Generally the older the vintage, the rarer it becomes, just like vintage cars. The mature Rioja parcel we released a few days ago online and in store had a host of stunning vintages dating right back to 1964, all of which have been already snapped up.
Other than port, the oldest wines we currently stock online come from the incredible 1982: Château Léoville Barton 1982 St-Julien, 2ème Cru Classé; Château Cheval Blanc 1982 St-Emilion, and 1er Grand Cru Classé; Château Mouton-Rothschild 1982 Pauillac, 1er Cru Classé. They would make any day vintage!
Not such an incredible year for vintage cars though. The best I could find was numerous pictures of Volvo estates. I did find this classsic McLaren F1 car though with the familiar red and white Marlboro branding.
So what about a few more accessible wines. I’m going to go with a couple of Spanish wines to start with as it’s our Spanish tasting week…
I couldn’t not mention the Matsu El Viejo 2009 Toro. Although it’s not that old, the label more than makes up for the vintage effect! The ‘Old One’ of the Matsu range, made from the fruit of selected Tinta de Toro vines, averaging 110 years of age. It definately has the vintage feel for Goodwood.
Secondly, a Majestic staff favourite. We use this wine a lot in staff training to show the effect of time on a wine, the Rioja Gran Reserva 1989 Viña Muriel. Made from grapes selected from vineyards ranging from 30 to 70 years of age, this is a good substitute if you missed out on the Rioja parcel. At 23 years old, it matches the vintage age criteria for the Revival.
Thirdly, a celebration would not be complete witout Champagne. The majority of Champagne we buy is the house style non-vintage; grapes grouped together from different vintages to create a consistent champagne year on year. Vintage Champagne uses grapes from one year only, creating a unique Champagne reflecting that year. For me there isn’t much better than Bollinger Grande Année 2000/2002. Also most recently the choice of Daniel Craig’s James Bond in Casino Royale (the 1990 vintage). Highly sought after, this is a richly fruited Champagne with bold yeasty notes, yet with an elegance and finesse that is typical of superior vintage wines. The perfect toast to the old man’s vintage weekend.
All I need now is that Aston Martin DB5…