My vendors are so good to me, they understand my passion for the industry and my willingness to learn at any time so they surprise me every so often with gems to help me get to where I want to be. A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite vendors stopped by in the afternoon (after what was a rather long shift) to see how things were going; I could not have been more happy to see him. He always brings unique wines for me to taste and I was in need of a break that afternoon so we I grabbed two glasses, a dump bucket, and we started tasting.
This post is not about what we tasted that day but rather about the wine that he gifted me at the end of the tasting.
We tasted through three or four wines and talked about each and as we were cleaning up he told me he brought me something special to take home. I was immediately excited; he pulled out of his bag a 2005 Château de Camensac from Haut-Médoc (a sub-region of Bordeaux, France). I was blown away, this wine is a Grand Cru (the highest quality of wine in the region), fifth-growth Bordeaux with eleven years of aging on it! I thanked him several times for this amazing bottle of wine but I was curious as to why he was giving this to me. When I asked him why, his response was simple, “I know how dedicated you are to learning everything you can about wine and reaching your goal of becoming a Master Sommelier, this will help you refine your palate and give you a better understanding of how a wine changes with age. If there is anything we can do to help along your journey, just ask we are always here for you.” I was filled with gratitude.
Tasting Notes: When I first opened the wine it was tight and rather sharp on the palate, after opening up over the course of two and a half hours the wine relaxed and started to show its complexities. The wine expressed hints of tar, dried rose petals, undertones of dried herbs and then evolved into a meaty/savory wine with red fruits noticeable on the nose but not so much on the palate. The tannins were well integrated, good complexity overall with a medium plus finish.
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