Its cold and rainy in Sweden, nothing like it was a week or so back in Barcelona – the brutal reality is that it will not get better before May 2018. So I will do what any sensible person would do: stay home and drink wine. Yesterday M came home with a smile on his face, he had been to the monopoly and stocked up for the fall. And now that we have made sure we have bought our share, I can share some awesome wine tips with you for bottles to go and haul home for the dark time to come.
Alfred Gratien Millessime 2004 Champagne, France
Haha! I still remember our visit to Alfred Gratien in 2016. We were strolling around in Epernay, popping into different champagne houses for tasters while waiting for dinner. We walked past Alfred Gratien, and M remembered that he had read somewhere that they did tours, even for some more spontaneous visitors. We peaked into the inner yard and walked in in search for an office or a visitor center. We did not get far before a man driving a forklift stopped us and asked what we were looking for. When inquiring for the tour office, he offered to take us on a tour himself. We had bumper into the head winemaker Nikolas Jaeger. After the extensive private tour, he invited us to his office and popped open a bottle of his own wine. It was an awesome visit. I will never forget it. And I will never forget the great price of 369kr at Systembolaget for their vintage 2004. Alfred Gratien is one of three “big” producers in Champagne that uses oak barrels to age the wine (the other that I know is Bollinger), this give body to the champagne that it otherwise quite traditional in style. The vintage is drink ready, but can also be saved.
Chateau Musar 2006, Lebanon
Lebanese wine might seem a bit obscure, but viticultural roots go back thousands of years. And now there is an opportunity to try it by purchasing a bottle of Chateau Musar from the Bekaa-valley for 309kr a pop at the monopoly. The wine is made from a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault och Carignan. Its firm with notes of concentrated plum and blackberries, fig, prune, liquorice and spice. The wine will last for decades and can be enjoyed with game, roast lamb and other herby meat dishes. Great also for enjoying under a blanket on those dark and stormy fall evenings.
And now, quick, get your bottles before they run out. Systembolaget only has a limited share.