As both my wife and I are working this weekend, it would not be possible for us to celebrate Valentine’s day together on Saturday. Hence we decided to celebrate this on Tuesday night, when I normally cook.
As I wanted to share a nice bottle of red bordeaux, we had Sous vide rib-eye steak with french fries and tomato and basil soup (I have not retaken the pictures, but it can be found here). The wine I chose was Chateau Grand Puy Lacoste 1998, which though a fifth growth Bordeaux chateau, is highly sought after and is actually very good value for money. 1998 was particularly special, as it was the year we were married – so it is great to be able to drink wine from that vintage, which is now 17 years old. I bought this about 7-8 years ago for £39.00, whereas now it costs about £70.
Now I do not drink wine very often, but when I do, I would prefer to drink something nice and mature. This wine certainly was that. From the moment the bottle was opened, the aromas of blackcurrant, leather and dark cherries was very apparent – almost perfumery like the wines from the Margaux region.
It is wines like this which make it worth while cellaring and waiting for it to mature, and the perfect opportunity to open a bottle to share with my wife (and sometime with friends). After all, red wine is supposed to have health benefits both from research and from the bible.
In the bible it is recorded in 1 Timothy 5:23 (NIV):
‘Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.’
For dessert, I had bought cherries and Haagen-Dazs Secret Sensations Chocolat Fondant ice cream.
My wife enjoyed the meal a lot, which made all the cooking worth while. So who needs February 14th to show their affection for the person they love?