Ça se laisse boire!

Ça se laisse boire!

sah sless BWAAR! Click below to hear this.*

That goes down easy!

Have you ever read those descriptions of wines? It’s a whole nother language. A wine may be floral, mineral-y, oaky, with tobacco or leather or licorice notes. Does that mean it sings? And what does licorice sound like?

What’s more, it has a bouquet and a finish, a nose and maybe legs. It can be soft, velvety, or even chewy. When the experts talk, can the rest of us understand it?

But here’s one thing we can understand: When ordinary folks sip a glass of wine that goes down easy, they may say Ça se laisse boire! Literally, That lets itself be drunk! Which is to say, the wine does not put up a fight on the way down.

I suppose that means that the layers of taste and the bouquet and the texture of the wine are all harmonious, that they marry well, that one taste or aroma sensation leads naturally and easily to another. Like a well-written piece of music or a poem, every note, word, taste is perfectly placed and seems inevitable even when it surprises you.

*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file:

ca_se_laisse_boire.mp3

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