My favourite sales pitch recently was sent on behalf of “The Hérmes [sic] of Wine, proprietor and visionary Lawrence Fairchild [who] takes a page from art and fashion to create the centerpiece of wine cellars (clients have literally designed cellars around his bottles)…”
What followed was this cunning suggestion: “Lawrence never sends sample bottles and I know he would for you if you are interested!”
Sauvignon Blanc, on the other hand, particularly one grown somewhere as warm as Oakville in the Napa Valley, is generally a much simpler drink for early consumption. Yet Hedonism in London is currently listing Screaming Eagle’s Sauvignon Blanc 2014 at £6,180 a bottle.
By Jancis Robinson, 24th December 2020