You may recall PP was held in a Roman jail at the behest of the Canadian Government for suspected tax evasion. The Canadian government changed its mind on charging PP saying a hacker from Turkey disrupted the systems of the Canada Revenue Agency causing an “error” affecting PP’s file. Of course these things happen PP tells me but they never even apologized which infuriated him so he hired the law firm of Greed and Lust to go after those “negligent bastards”. He learnt how to make great wild Tuscan Boar Stew in that Roman prison but has nightmares about all the bedbug bites he has that he claims to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The CRA has a duty of care to protect my file and I am not going to let them forget it he bellows!
When I was over to his cozy new house discussing some upcoming wine purchases for his new cellar he took his shirt off and it was not pretty. Not his rather fat and hairy belly but the number of bites that covered his back and chest. He claims that these Italian bedbugs loved Tuscan Wild Boar Stew and they can smell it in your sweat.
I tell him about a Château Recougne 2018 I saw at the Liquor Control Board of Ontario for $15.95. At that price his eyes lit up and he said he wants the cheapest but best wine cellar in town. It is a new pet project for him. So we pop open a bottle hoping for a blessed miracle.
It has a black cherry colour. On the nose it is loaded with black cherry, blackberry, cactus pear with some licorice and root beer. It portrays itself as an elegant lighthearted wine. Is this true on the palate? The tannins are broad based but not persistent or overpowering. Rather classic youngish red Bordeaux that loves taunting your tastebuds by letting them know there is fruit swirling about but you’ll have to close your eyes and concentrate. And what do we pick up? Some very tightly knit blackberry, chocolate covered cherry and candy cane beets.
All said and done this wine is rather like listening to a one-year-old trying to engage you in conversation, You might pick out a half word or so if you close your eyes and listen but give the child some time and the words will come. Give this wine that is trying to babble to you this time it will, in time, speak to you and you might just come to love it. This baby has potential and will develop further in the bottle!
Yes I can get standard here and suggest lamb or beef for this wine or even a Devil’s Kiss Pasta. However PP had ordered a vegetarian and a meat lover’s pizza from his favourite Toronto pizzeria and the wine really showed well with the “meat lovers pizza”. If in Toronto check this pizzeria out https://lafamigliaonthedanforth.ca/.
(Château Recougne 2018 AC Bordeaux Supérieur Mélodie & Marc Milhade (brother and sister) France, $15.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 368167, 750 mL, 14.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 92/100).