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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day eleven

M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Cotes du Roussillion Villages 2008I’ve worked 33 hours in the last three days, and yet [finger pointing to the sky (which finger?)] I was still able to write two poems and read Jack Spicer’s After Lorca. An awesome collection of poems with the most original introduction ever. One of the top-five all-time best introductions. The poem I wrote last night is currently titled, “Paleolithic Person on the Burial of Art.” I love how different this version is than the original. I love when the moment occurs that you can just remove big hunks of a poem and totally change the form, as well. Forms are useful for a while, but when they start dominating the poem, then it’s time to abandon the form. I still have to type it up, so who knows where it will go next. But it seems solid as it is now.

So I hope the M. Chapoutier Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Côtes du Roussillon-Villages 2008 is solid and rebellious and strong, too. It’d better be because it was in the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 wines for 2009. So allons-y.

I’ll dismiss talking about the color . . . well, no, because it is a beautiful color of radiating ruby and lavender. But to heck with the nose. I need to drink.

Oh, this is lovely. Big and lovely. I couldn’t help to notice the peppery nose before drinking it. This is definitely one of the best wines on the tour so far.  It’s plumy and cherry, which are two of my favorites. It has tart raspberry finish, as well. It has a firm juiciness. There must be Grenache in there. Turn the bottle around. Yup. “Made from Grenache, Syrah, and old bush vine Carignan.” I’ve never heard of Carignan. I like it.

This is just a good wine. What else matters.//


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