Tuesday 12th October

Wonderful vertical tasting at Hibiscus: a vertical of the rare and mostly unheard of Cuvée Jean Gautreau from Chateau Sociando Mallet with a gaggle of sommeliers. The wines are interesting, the post-prandial conversation even more so. It is fascinating to hear about Bordeaux’s withering presence from the country’s top wine lists because they are simply too expensive. I wish a few châteaux proprietors could listen to the conversation. They might understand how they are destabilizing their market for the sake of short-term gain. Anyway, it is great so sit next to one of this country’s finest importers, Zubair Mohamed from Raeburn Fine Wines, who is full of fascinating anecdotes. I like the way he nonchalantly chats about Henri Jayer proffering bottles of Cros Parentoux from the fridge as a bit of a palate cleanser.


In the evening, our miserly landlady halves her outrageous claim. I have a good mind to take her to arbitration out of principle, but I need the money and so I offer to pay for the garden and the professional cleaner, but no more.

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