Friday, September 21, 2012


Now and again I rave about the perks of my job, especially towards month-end, when money proves not to be one of them. Well, this week I had the priviledge of tasting 2001 Petrus... Two days in a row. Once at Delaire Graff Estate, and once at the Taj in Cape Town. I'm busy shooting a short film on the preparation for the South African leg of the White Club tastings.
Most wine lovers, and a great many sommeliers have not, and never will have, the priviledge of tasting a Chateau Petrus. Any vintage. It's up there with the top 3 most exclusive wines in the world. This vintage? R90000 per bottle. Which makes the glass I drank about R15000. Each.
Most notably people will ask: 'so is it worth it?'. Perspective is needed in answering this.
Well, it is darn amazing. In any way you might choose to look at it, it is delicious. It is smoother than velvet and just plain yummy. Even if you don't like wine chances are you'll like this.  But 90 large?
In order to answer the above question, one needs to keep some things in mind: no luxury can fulfill basic needs, so if you walk to work everyday with hurting feet, no, a car of R90000 will have more value. If you don't particularly mind wine, but couldn't care about heritage, ethos and legend of certain estates, no, it's not worth it for you.
If however, you have the means (read: more dosh than a small country), and love wines, understand the uniqueness and art of what you are partaking in, and have managed to source one of these extremely rare wines, open it with like-minded people, pairing it with fine cuisine, and letting each drop linger on your palate, then yes, to you it would be worth it. Since I didn't pay, I'd say very definitely, it is worth it.
These were prelim-tastings with the chefs and sommeliers to finalise the pairing menu for the grand events, where a ...superior... vintage will be opened. These tastings are facilitated by, the most exclusive wine-club in the world. If you need to know what the membership fee is, then you can't afford it. And even if you can, don't phone them, they'll phone you. It's by invitation only, baby.
However, you can buy a seat at either a Cape Town event, or a Joburg one. All proceeds goes to charity. See their website for details.
On Wednesday I'm flying to Sandton for the Joburg prelim meeting to film there. And by luck, to score some more Petrus... and make a short film worthy of their passion and excellence.

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