I had long holidays which lasted nearly 3 months. 80 wines were drunk in different occasions with a majority drunk with my children.
I had no specific plan and it is interesting to look back in the mirror.
46 wines came from my cellar, 10 from friends, and 24 drunk in restaurants.
Deliberately, we drank mainly champagnes as it is extremely pleasant in summer, and mainly young wines as the average age of what we drank is 18,2 years which is completely different from what I drink in Paris. It corresponds to an average vintage of 1998/1999 in summer and for the first semester what I have drunk has an average of 38 years corresponding to 1979. To open very old wines is not really appropriate when the weather is warm.
Among the wines, 42 champagnes, 11 from Provence and Languedoc, 9 Burgundy and Loire, 8 Rhône, 6 Spain, Italy and Portugal, 3 Bordeaux and 2 Alsace.
Among the champagnes, 10 Dom Pérignon, 5 Krug, 4 Grand Siècle, 4 Salon, 3 Selosse and 16 from various producers.
The greatest wines of this summer (ranked by year) :
1964 Champagne Heidsieck Monopole Diamant Bleu
1972 Vega Sicilia Unico
1973 Dom Pérignon (drunk 4 times)
# 1980 Champagne Krug Grande Cuvée old label (drunk 3 times)
1982 Dom Pérignon (drunk 2 times)
1988 Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée
1990 Château Palmer Margaux
1999 Chambertin domaine Jean & Jean-Louis Trapet (drunk 2 times)
2001 Clos de Vougeot Domaine Méo-Camuzet
2007 Vega Sicilia Unico
2011 Gaja Sperss Langhe
The best for me : 1972 Vega Sicilia Unico, 1964 Champagne Heidsieck Monopole Diamant Bleu, 1990 Château Palmer Margaux, 1973 Dom Pérignon
The biggest surprises : 1988 Champagne Lanson Noble Cuvée, 2007 Vega Sicilia Unico.
Despite a very active social life corresponding to what we drank I have lost 10 kilos with a strong program of sport, to be fit for the months to come.