French truck stop wine
It' s been about 15 year's BUT.....while traveling from Bordeaux to Paris, at lunch time, we passed through a number of small towns, names unknown. In one small town, our traveling group, my SIL, BIL, spouse and me saw a small resto with a large number of trucks parked at lunch time. Made U-Turn and joined them.
Had an unforgettable lunch topped off by a wonderful red wine. No label. What could it have been? Lusting after it ever since, and no sommelier even comes close.
What could it have been? Suggestions?
Too true !
More than once we tasted a virtuoso wine in some generic bistro in the middle of nowhere, then tracked down the vineyard, bought a case, and found it good but not excellent once back in Paris.
You are right it is situational. Because we had been driving in the cold at night, and the place and the staff were warm, and even the wine was welcoming.
Bruno Verjus once compared such wine-taste disconnect with floral Indonesian shirts, lol. At the time of purchase, he is on vacation, deeply tanned, embracing the tropics. And when he sees the shirt again as he opens his suitcase in Paris, his first thought is: what was I thinking ?