We’ve been drinking a lot of “hot review” wines lately and coming up short. Two today for example.
Both these wines are 90 pointsters and neither lived up to our anticipated hype. The Faugeres had no breadth, it’s decent, palatable, mildly interesting; herby, wet earth, dry. The tannins simply clashed outright with a simple chicken dinner. The Crozes Hermitage must have legs; it has hints of greatness but you never know. Gismondi said it had a twist of garrigue (that’s acceptable to write in the Saturday paper; the NYT is equally cryptic on Saturday, we expect having to use Google to decipher), and suggested three to five years. Yes; three minimum. We went looking for it because he quoted the price at $27, but it was in fact $30 before tax. We saw the merit in two or three of the Chapoutier in the cellar; the Ollier seemed better off in the late afternoon sun in the Languedoc.
Price: $33 and $30 at BC Liquor and, occasionally, at Marquis. The Chapoutier is regularly available at Kits Wine Cellar; feel the braille label.
Market Liquidity: Win some, lose some.