Reaching half a century is quite a milestone but drinking a gracefully aged French Bordeaux to celebrate was momentous. The wine was a 2003 Château Haut-Colombier from the Côtes de Blaye. This appellation stretches over a large area, but in fact the wines are limited to the best terroirs.
It was cellared at 55 degrees and decanted for nearly 30 minutes. The silky blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauv., 5% Cab. Franc was full bodied with rich berry and chocolate on the finish.