It is indeed a sad moment when a favourite shirt reaches the end of its wearable life. There was one such moment on Saturday morning when I stretched rather too enthusastically only to hear a substantial ripping sound. OK the shirt in question has a certain discretion and in terms of symphonic shirts would fit neatly into the second movement Beethoven's 6th Symphony, provided camels were allowed to roam the gentle landscape, while serenaded by colourful tropical birds.
The shirt was silk and thus sadly irreparable as it was very comfortable to wear. It is an emotional rather than a financial loss as I guess I paid around £4 ( 4.66 € at today's commercial rate). Bought as most of my shirts are from a charity shop.
As a mark of respect I need now to open something suitable to register its passing. On our return from Inverness this evening I opened a Sancerre – 2008 Domaine du Nozay, a property in Sainte-Gemme owned by Barons Philippe and Cyril de Benoist. The Sancerre is a sample from Corney & Barrow and is an agreeable and characterful Sancerre with gooseberry and asparagus aromas and the steely acidity of 2008. Sainte-Gemme-en-Sancerrois is right at the northern limit of the appellation.
However despite this wine's aristocratic lineage it is rather too foursquare and lacks the necessary subtlety to fit the shirt. I think something a little more exotic is required and am considering the 1997 Château de la Guimonière, 2 ans en barriques, that dates from the time when Bernard Germain was in his pomp. But this is far too important decision to rush into. Perhaps to be continued in a future posting. Do I feel a new series coming on....?
PS: Continuing to ponder the ideal wine for the 'wake', while greatly enjoying the film of the Stones making Exile on Main Street.