An experience I had a few weeks ago made me think about aging less expensive wines. We were on vacation in Montreal. On our last day we went out for brunch. We were both having fish dishes so we chose a half bottle of white to go with our meal. The wine was listed as Domaine de la Bongran, Vire Clesse, 2002. That’s right, 2002.
Vire Clesse is in the Macon region of Burgundy. Macon is known for making good solid, less expensive white Burgundy from the Chardonnay grape. While White Burgundy’s from the Cote Du Or are frequently aged, though no so commonly for eleven years, almost all wines from the Macon are consumed fairly young. Many sources say they should be drunk before they turn five. It is so unusual to see an eleven year old Macon that I asked our server if the wine list had a typo and if it was actually a 2012. She thought it was but checked. When she told us that no it was a 2002, we considered selecting something else but curiosity got the better of us.
Boy am I glad it did. It was fantastic, better than the very reputable (and expensive) Burgundy we had earlier that week when celebrating our anniversary. So kudus to the wine maker and I will keep an eye out for their wines in the future.
It’s always great to enjoy an unexpected treat. What prompted me to write about it was that there are probably a lot of good wines that can be even much better if they get a chance to age. They don’t have to be the top wines available. So, if you have the opportunity, and a way to properly store your wine, why not put down a couple of extra bottles that you enjoy. They may become something more. If they don’t, the investment was probably small and you will have learned something. If they turn great, for a small investment, you can enjoy a rare pleasure while congratulating yourself on how smart you are.