Fancy joining us as we break into the Fort Knox of wine?!
It’s an old mine and former munitions dump in the middle of the English countryside that now holds over 9 million bottles and £1bn+ of stock. It’s one of the biggest such storage facilities in the world and one (whisky) bottle stored there recently sold for £1.2m.
Only downside? Security is tight. And you have to climb up 157 steps to get back out. Good thing Peter was actually invited in – and had a ‘sustaining’ lunch before the journey back up into the real world (including Cheval Blanc 1949, Krug 1996, Domaine Fourrier Clos St Jacques 2005 and Coche-Dury Meursault Genevrières 2010).
It’s quite the adventure: something of a wine pilgrimage, which makes for a fascinating episode diving into professional wine storage, why some wines and people need it, wine investment…and of course an insight into how those very rare and special wines are tasting.
Very much related to the last point, this episode also features the audio treat of Peter trying his best to make sense while the wrong side of multiple delicious glasses and 100 feet under the Wiltshire turf in cavernous tunnels stuffed with millions of bottles of the world’s finest wines. It’s worth the listen, even if solely for comedy value.