Today is our 24th wedding anniversary. It is a quiet day, following a quiet weekend. Celebrations don't tend to big things at the moment in our lives, but that makes them no less special.
Friday night we opened a case of Chateau Clerc Milon 1995 and drank a bottle curled up on the sofa, mostly reading, but often dozing on and off. The wine was very smooth and mellow, with a mouth feel much like the delicate brush of silk charmeuse on the skin, not weak, but with a good balance of hard and soft. There is still bit of intensity on the finish and a touch of unresolved tannins.
It is a good wine for an anniversary weekend and the beginnings of our 25th year as it is smooth and balanced with a bit of sweetness, mostly harmonious and well-integrated, but still with a hint of graphite on the finish. From brash youth to mellow age: Good for a wine; good for a marriage.
I'll remember to open a bottle early tonight. It seems to be at its best about 3 to 4 hours after opening with a hint of currants and chocolate rounding out the flavors.