Taste before price!
Last night, right after opening the bottle and tasting the wine, I asked my son if he wanted to try a little bit of it.
With a smile on his face, a timid yes came out of his mouth.
As my grandfather and parents did, I am openly educating my son about alcohol, getting him acquainted with wine by giving him a few sips occasionally.
In my opinion, it is much better than having him drinking, or even binging, in hiding, and doing stupid things while drunk, while waiting to be 18, or even 21 years old (in the US), to be able to drink.
Like anything else, it is the excess of drinking and all the risks and consequences that come with it that are dangerous for your health. Otherwise, drinking a glass of wine occasionally and/or in moderation never killed anyone.
He enjoyed it, so I asked him: "Do you know what you're drinking?" He said "No", to which I responded: "You should always know what you are drinking, and never drink without knowing."
First, because you want to know what you are putting in your body. And secondly, it opens the door to your curiosity and to a certain amount of information that will open your mind, palate, and taste, as well as increase your knowledge about the world you're living in and where the wine came from, including geography, topography, culture, traditions, grape varieties, etc...
I let him have a closer look at the label, then started to answer the questions he had while he was scratching his head.
Le Haut-Medoc de Trintaudon is a wine from France. It is the second wine of the renowned Chateau Larose-Trintaudon, located in the Haut-Medoc, between Saint-Laurent du Medoc et Saint-Julien-Beychevelle, about 45 minutes northwest of Bordeaux.
It is from the 2016 vintage, made from the youngest vines of the estate, aged mainly in vats and seeing only a little oak treatment toward the end of its aging process, making it easy to drink and ready now.
Le Haut-Medoc de Trintaudon 2016 is a blend of 75% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Behind its attractive red tile color, the nose is rather fresh, boasting red and dark fruit aromas with slight oaky, coconut, and tobacco nuances. The palate is quite round, supple, smooth, soft, and fruity, with a good balance and earthy integrated tannins. The finish is also soft and delicate. Overall, a simple, yet satisfying and comforting wine.
And, my son added: "But I don't know the value of it..." and I immediately answered: "Taste before price, my son! The price does not make the wine. The wine makes the price!"
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