WINE AND ME
“With wine, perfect doesn’t mean sublime. A subtle vinicultural hitch can transform a pleasant nectar: John Malkovich, Barbara Streisand or – according to Caesar and for other aesthetic prejudices – Cleopatra wouldn’t contradict that. A smooth wine can prove boring, while a little lift of tannin in the last notes, a slight bump on the smooth curves of its pistes, a hint of aggression in the closing moments, an unexpected last minute twist, and suddenly the drinker’s mouth is surprised and satisfied, ready to place an urgent repeat order to whoever is responsible for the elbow-raising service.”
Jacques Dupont, renowned for his articles about wine in Le Point, entertains as he describes his life as a critic: his epic memories of press trips, his exposés on etiquette, his rants about what a good wine “should” be. Jacques Dupont delights with his very amusing off-the-wall delivery and dazzling anecdotes.
A treat to read.
Jacques Dupont is a journalist. He is a columnist for the weekly Le Point, and is the founder of the Spécial vins wine supplement, the uncontested leader in its category. He wrote Les Vins de l’hiver with Philippe Bourguignon (Hatier, 1999), Vins du monde with François Morel and Jean-Pierre Dieterlen (éditions du Chêne, 2005), and, published by Grasset, Choses bues (2008), Le Guide des vins de Bordeaux (2011) and Invignez-vous (2013).