Champagne Louis Roederer Vintage 2008 with Leo Szilard’s Ten Commandments - Beneficial Fervors : Bottle Empty

Beneficial Fervors + Bottle Empty

It's a sunny late afternoon in a lousy small town.

Santa's morale hangs in the air.

It's a holiday here, but thankfully the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight ends are going back to work afterward. For Christmas, Rob Gronkowski certainly won't be breaking a rib.

To pass the time, I reach for a bottle of Roederer Vintage 2008, also so I can think better about the Ten Commandments.

The bottle has been waiting for a while. Usually, I am not a big fan of the 2008 vintage. It is overrated. By whom, I wonder?

But there are exceptions.

Even with the Ten Commandments, I don't go for the traditional text. Today I favor the version of the Ten Commandments by the physicist Leo Szilard. The latter wrote on October 30, 1940:

  1. Recognize the connections of things and laws of conduct of men, so that you may know what you are doing.
  2. Let your acts be directed toward a worthy goal, but do not ask if they will reach it; they are to be models and examples, not means to an end.
  3. Speak to all men as you do to yourself, with no concern for the effect you make, so that you do not shut them out from your world; lest in isolation the meaning of life slips out of sight and you lose the belief in the perfection of creation.
  4. Do not destroy what you cannot create.
  5. Touch no dish, except that you are hungry.
  6. Do not covet what you cannot have.
  7. Do not lie without need.
  8. Honor children. Listen reverently to their words and speak to them with infinite love.
  9. Do your work for six years; but in the seventh, go into solitude or among strangers, so that the memory of your friends does not hinder you from being what you have become.
  10. Lead your life with a gentle hand and be ready to leave whenever you are called.

Translated by Dr. Jacob Bronowski in June 1964. Bronowski is the author of William Blake and the Age of Revolution. Worth reading.

Of course, this Roederer plays its trump card: A wine without malolactic fermentation, of which 70% Pinot noir. Vinified in oak barrels. The acidic tight ends from Verzy and Verzenay in the northern Montagne de Reims are the backbone of this Champagne.

That's why the bottle is empty after the tenth bid.

Bids 7, 9 and 10 require more analysis. With another bottle of Roederer.

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