What is your single most important requirement in a bottle of wine you drink for pleasure?

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Steve Tanzer has started a regular question and answer section on his Winophilia Web Page where he asks selected winemakers around the world to post up answers to his questions. Here is my reply to his first question. You can find the complete article with the replies of other winemakers by clicking here: http://www.winophilia.com/2010/03/25/requirement-1-for-drinking-pleasure-part-1/ It is well worth a look. There are some interesting replies.

Steve Tanzer: What is your single most important requirement in a bottle of wine you drink for pleasure?

Christian Seely, Quinta do Noval and Château Pichon Baron (Portugal and France). First of all, I have never drunk a wine for any other reason! If you want a one-word answer, then my answer would be “harmony.” To be a little more explicit, I would say that I am looking for freshness, balance, harmony, and drinkability. Drinkability might sound like a strange requirement, but there are wines that are impressive to taste, but which do not encourage you to drink more than a glass.

To go further, and perhaps to get a little closer to a clear answer to your question, I like wines that make me dream a little when I have them in the glass in front of me, wines that make me think of the place they come from: a Douro red with an aromatic nose that reminds me of the wild beauty of the Douro, for example, or a great Sauternes that can transport me to the vineyard of  Suduiraut at harvest time.

So it has to be good, and it has to be authentic. I have to feel that I am not wasting my time with it. This can happen on any level. It has nothing to do with prestige or price. Once that has been decided, I am ready to sit back and give it all the time it needs.

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The answers to the following question were published yesterday: « What moderately priced wine have you and your family been enjoying most in recent weeks?  And why do you like it?”. I invite you to read my reply on http://www.winophilia.com/2010/04/20/winemakers-favorite-moderately-priced-wines/

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