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What would the deductible be on my nose?

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Having recently suffered through a fairly irritating cold, I now feel I could have been compensated for lost days of wine drinking if I had planned ahead.You see, winemaker Ilja Gort of Bordeaux's Chateau de la Garde recently had his nose insured for five million Euros (just under $8 million Canadian dollars). According to this AP report, Lloyd's of London worked out the policy with Gort after a series of intensive tests. Their policy states that Gort isn't allowed to become a boxer or ride a motorcycle, and the insurers even included a clause about going to experienced barbers to keep his facial hair in order (if you click on the link to the story, you'll see why - he sports a hideous, curly something-or-other on his face).Gort isn't the first in the industry to insure his nose - revered critic Robert Parker has a $1 million policy on his own schnoz.I don't think I have the patience to go through the tests to have my nose insured - besides, living with two cats and a baby would likely jack up my premiums.***I recently had a chance to make notes on a stellar bottle of 2005 red Burgundy. In Calgary this summer I tasted a couple bottles of some initial bottles that had been creeping into the country, but I had already made notes on 80 wines earlier in the day...Louis Latour 2005 Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru "Les Chaillots" (Burgundy, France - $67.99, available at select Liquor Marts and beyond)The nose on this red is classic French Pinot Noir: lots of mineral components, cherry and cherry stone aromas, and hints of herbs and dry earth. It's a light, delicate wine with some big tannins to bring structure, and beautiful flavours of juicy cherry, cinnamon and leather. I tried it decanted, and would suggest decanting most 2005 red Burgundy if you're looking to drink it in the next few years. If you have patience, put it away for at least 5-8 years.

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About Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson

When he wasn't bashing on a drum kit in local punk rock bands, Ben spent the mid '90s hucking cases of wine around to pay for two English degrees. Now he's the Winnipeg Free Press wine columnist and blogger.

The extent of Ben's wine experience in the mid-90s was memories of accidentally leaving a bottle of White Zinfandel in the freezer overnight, and the ensuing mess he was left with. Between 1996 and 2005 Ben absorbed all he could about wine while working at wine shops to pay for school. Meanwhile, he was churning out papers for his BA and MA in English (from the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, respectively).

Ben became the Winnipeg Free Press' weekly wine columnist in 2005, and two years later joined Wine Access magazine as a contributor, a member of their national tasting panel and a judge at the Canadian Wine Awards and International Value Wine Awards until the magazine closed up shop in 2013.

In 2013 Ben joined the Winnipeg Free Press as a copy/web editor.

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