You may recall the rather messy split between PP and his flame Celine? Well, he tells me he is on the rebound and is throwing a party with a “romantic announcement” to make. Could I suggest a couple of red wines for the simple BBQ chicken and marinated flank he is serving with sides of organic California sweet potatoes and grilled and marinated Barese dandelion? He has picked a Viognier and a Côtes du Rhône for the whites.
Well I am in a bit of a tizzy here. What’s going on? PP has lots of cash with his Bitcoin investments and his Panamanian bank accounts. Plus he settled for $500,000 against Canada Revenue Agency for having him held in jail for extradition hearings in Rome as an abuse of process. He insists on being parsimonious with wines as sort of a hobby/obsession.
Since PP has selected a Côtes du Rhône white why not a red counterpart? We try an Xavier 2019 Côtes du Rhône red. It has a black cherry transparency to its colour. As for aroma as with many organic wines there is a pure and clean nose to it. There is blackberry, black cherry, root beer and raspberry. On the palate the tannins are a notch above light good enough to match the flank steak which will be marinated in soy sauce, garlic, ginger and sesame seed oil which will be the same marinade for the portobello shrooms used for the veggie burgers. There is good grip to the wine and it has strawberry jam, cherry pie and bright red cherries on the palate. Refreshing and clean but not too light for the beef and might suit the chicken as it is marinated in a beer can chicken rub mixture.
Drink by the end of 2023. It might improve slightly in the bottle.
(Xavier Vignon 2019 Côtes du Rhône AOP, Xavier Vins, Courthézon, France, $16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 297317, 750 mL, 14.5%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 91/100).
We move to a 2019 Louis Bernard Côtes du Rhônes Villages. It is GSM blend. i.e. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah.
On the nose you can tell a beautiful and seamless integration of the GSM all in a taught and compact fashion. Loads of blackberry and cassis. There is a bit of creaminess and vanilla suggestive of mostly seasoned oak. On the palate integrated tannins and acids. There are notes of blackberry, black cherry and date. Dense and cloistered fruit. There is a moderate finish. Old school French wine with the fruit being well folded into the wine with 3-4 years of ageing reaping rewards. A solid and well-built wine. As a food match homemade pizza dough slapped with some Pasta a La Norma sauce topped with Feta Cheese which by the way was the appetizer served at this little fête.
(Louis Bernard Louis Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2019, AOP, Louis Bernard, Vaucluse, France, $ 16.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 561290, 750 mL, 15%, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 93/100).
So the get together went well and after the caterer cleaned up a large screen was wheeled into the living room where PP said to his astonished guests that he would like to introduce to us his new fiancé Tatiana from the Ukraine. Tatiana is 23 years old and young enough to be PP’s daughter. She certainly is beautiful but PP admits his deepest love for someone he has yet to meet. She says hello via a video link up to the crowd and how much she is looking forward to meeting them all. PP tells me he will meet Tatiana next month on a “Ladies Social Club Tour” organized out of Moscow where a group of men will spend 7,000 Euros to meet possible fiancés at several social events over a 5-day period in Kiev.
There is back slapping and congratulations but a dazed look on the faces of the guests. I hear several side conversations in hushed voices saying poor PP is being flim flamed.