Lunch with friends in Bordeaux
Anyone who misses the oysters that come from the aquatic farms and oyster beds in the bay near the seaside village of Arcachon knows just how wonderful these bivalves can be. I must have slurped down two or three dozen with a delicious 2005 Latour Martillac Blanc, which was much better than I remember it being early in life. The 2005 Latour Martillac Rouge was also performing better than it was after release. That was followed with a 1999 Mouton Rothschildthat appeared to be moving into its adolescent, young, mature stage. Revealing abundant cedar, black currant, licorice, earth and spice characteristics, it seemed bigger and richer than most 1999s. It is a strong effort in this long forgotten vintage.
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