Yes, dear reader, it’s that time – yet another gentle reminder about Armegeddon 2012. Exactly nine months left to get your end-of-the-world wine list in order for December 21, 2012. Not sure what you’ll be drinking, but top on binNotes list of I-must-be-dreaming-why does the end of the earth taste like heaven?-quaff: Romanee-Conti 2009 (ok, twist my arm – a vertical tasting of 1959, 1999, 2005 AND 2009 DRC.) But 2009 DRC especially. A vintage that did not start out so well…no frost, but rain, rain, rain…translating into mildew and odium. A bit of millerandage. Leave it to a master of the vine like Aubert de Villaine to embrace such obstacles and transmute them, like an oyster with a grain of sand…leading to a pearl of a wine. Santé!