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Chateau Peyraguey and D.R. Harris

Posted on 2016/03/05 13:05:11 (March 2016).

[Friday 12th February 2016]
Chie and I have never really been into doing anything special for Valentine's Day, and I generally take the standard line of believing I'm railing against a cynical attempt to drive consumerism... that said though, the badgering about it in marketing emails etc, which nowadays seems to start almost a month ahead, obviously works on some level, as I feel a general compulsion to do something vaguely romantic around that time, although as some sort of inept protest usually not on the day itself.

Which is a rather long winded way of explaining the rationale for having a bottle of Chateaue Lafaurie-Peyraguey and some strawberries (per the Brideshead Revisited recommendation) with Chie this evening. We'd had this combination once before (last February, as it happens), although on this occasion it was a different vintage of Lafaurie-Peyraguey (the 2010 rather than the 2001) and I'm not sure I enjoyed it quite as much. Perhaps we should have left this one in the cellar a few more years to let it mellow a bit.

I had left work a bit early to pop to St. James's, half thinking of trying to get something nice for dinner from Fortnum and Mason (wherein I actually only ended up buying the strawberries, which despite being entirely out of season were apparently English and rather fine looking specimens), plus also to go into D.R. Harris, to buy some new shaving things for me, plus a little Valentinesy sort of present for Chie (some rose bath oil, which apparently she really liked).

Later on in the evening I took great satisfaction in re-organising my allocated part of the bathroom cabinets, and made a whole section of D.R. Harris things.

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