The Montagne Saint Emilion wine region in Bordeaux is an interesting wine region – cobbled northeast of Saint Emilion, the higher terrain is more amenable to Merlots and Cabernet Franc than Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are more likely to grow in the better known Saint Emilion. The result of the particular terroir is wine that is usually less tannic and almost certainly less accented on bright fruit. I opened up a 375ml demi-bouteuille with a beautiful roast beef that my local grocer was pretty much giving away. The wine was already showing peak aging and tasted a little bit earthy – which worked nicely with the generously salted medium rare beast and terragon garlic beets on my plate. I was listening to the Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and the CD came to its thunderous, romping conclusion just as I popped the last potato wedge into my mouth and washed it down with a gulp of wine. The conclusion could not have been better synchronized. However, if I had to do it all over again I might have gone for a more manly soundtrack like “Dvorak’s New World Symphony” – even though this was a decidedly old-world wine.
Let me know what wine you would match with this music.