As the new Labour Party leadership battle is getting into full swing (or – to be honest – anyway), I thought an interesting wine to drink with Slow-Cooked Lamb would be a 2009 right bank claret. Specifically, and somehow appropriately, Château Corbin 2009!
Here are my observations:
Château Corbin Grand Cru Classé Saint Emilion 2009
Lovely complex aroma of plums, floral hints, herbs going towards forest floor, and some wood: not really oak or cedar but the notes from wood paneled rooms… and in no particular order – all mingling, The palate echoes the herby elements, with a strong plum/prune line framed with acidity going through a warm middle palate and  a long finish where liquorice and supple tannins come to the fore. Very good and absolutely perfect for slow-cooked lamb with a herb and garlic gravy.

That all emerged tasting the wines in Riedel claret glasses (below, left). Then we tried the same wine in “ordinary” large wine glasses (not those picture below right – but similar: slightly bigger and slightly more closed at the mouth)
The results were rather different, the nose and the palate – while having similar characteristics – both seemed narrower! The higher notes and the complexity seemed limited and the palate more tannic and less vivacious. This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed this slightly duller effect in non-Riedel glasses – though usually when comparing with ISO glasses, which seem to adversely affect the palate more than the nose. I’m pretty well convinced that occasions like this: good dinner and good claret merit the use of Riedel glasses – or something similar.

Until next time