Many areas of modern science such as forensics, sociology, environmental studies, or even archaeology and economics, contain studies of the garbage that people produce. Apparently from analysing our rubbish they can say who we are, our habits, occupations and hobbies. It’s scary, non? The fact that just by looking through your rubbish someone can figure out what sort of person you are, where you’ve been or worse still, steal your identity!
So what does my recycling bin says about me? This thought crossed my mind when I was taking my recycling this weekend. Well it says:
-You are eating far too much junk food! Your husband loves bacon! Sweets addict, coffee lover, cosmetics junkie and mild shopaholic … Oh, and it looks like you’ve raided French supermarkets for cheese and wine! And you are probably a fat alcoholic by now…!
Ok… guilty as judged. I love sweets and coffee and a bit of junk food. Mhmm pizza… but in my defence I can say we’ve been busy this week and not had time to cook plus we had guests over the weekend so those crisps packs and beer bottles are not mine…
However there is no defence for the pile of French wine bottles in my recycling… Yes I did raid French wine shops while in Paris and instead of clothing and souvenirs I brought back home a small suitcase full of wine, which we decided to sample straight after arriving back in London. Over the last three weeks most of my French spoils are gone… but how wonderful were these three weeks?!? While in France we were drinking fabulous Sancerres and Pouilly Fumes and Bordereauxs, Rullys and Montanies all for the price of average supermarket bottle in the UK. I had to take some home.
So here is very quick descriptions of some of the bottles I brought home with me:
Chateau Le Petit Haut Lafitte Red 2007
Very good and ready to drink red, which has another at least ten more years of aging potential, predominately made with Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s full-bodied yet velvety, elegant and expressive with red fruits such as strawberry, cherry and touch of sweet spice like liquorice, cinnamon, mature tannins and well shaped and a long finale.
Château de Laussac Cuvee la Fleur, Grand Vin de Bordeaux 2011
Big, smoky, and excellent. Plenty of red and dark fruits, some sweet figs, plums and notes of cinnamon plus some of other oak spices. Really elegant Bordeaux which should be drunk within 4-5 years as in my opinion it might not age well, however if you open it now it will be great with some robust food like lasagne, curry or charred grilled steak.
Crémant d’Alsace Pierre Chanau,
I was a bit disappointed with this one, especially as I never had a Crémant from Alsace before, and it is one of my favourite wine regions. It’s ok bubbly, but nothing special. Easy drinking and dry but lacking fruits and the bubbles are really big. Have it at lunchtime with salad or white fish.
Blanquette de Limoux Brut
You already know that I love the Crémant de Limoux, so I decided to try the Blanquette this time. The only difference between the Blanquette and Crémant is the use of the Mauzac grapes (traditionally up to 90%) in the blend, which in Languedoc is called “Blanquette” – this actually just means “small white” in the local Occitan language. The Mauzac gives a unique taste to the wine, of apple flavours and aromas of fresh cut grass, though the modern blend tends to have a bit more of Chening Blanc and Chardonnay. Wine writer Tom Stevenson notes a change in the profile of recent vintage with wines that are “developing finer, more flowery, autolytic aromas.”This is fresh and crisp with crunchy green apple and toasty flavours.