Thursday, 8 March 2012

Chateauneuf du Papes - Bosquet des Papes 1998

Leathery and warm like an old tobacco pouch; smoke and sawdust on the nose. Cloudy and brick in colour; deep but aged well.

Stewed fruit on the palate, raspberry, not quite blackcurrant almost plummy. Drinking well but I can’t help thinking that a younger, and cheaper, model would go down better.

As I drank I couldn’t help but think back to what I was doing in 1998. I was 18 and a cocky, somewhat pretentious chap who was just starting on my journey into wine.

Every so often we’d buy bottles of red, sit in a park, and watch the sun go down and the moon come up. Smoking American cigarettes till we ran out of wine or vomited; whichever came first...

Classy to the end.


  1. I remember being 18! It was Bulls Blood from the local co-op, better than white lightening (only just)... Come a long way wine-wards since those days ;)

    That wine does sound tasty, was it better with food, tobacco and leather make it sound like it might be. I like the images you bring to mind and the old school label.

  2. We opened it after dinner, so we were on the cheese! Would be great with something robust though like steak or anything meaty.