We were so blessed to have a fantastic holiday season socializing with our loved ones, but it continued into the new year as there simply wasn’t enough time to get ALL the partying in. I offered to host (cleaning, location, and cooking only) a wine dinner with my friends and wine colleagues who ship my wines to you all year long. I thought, “Let’s go out with a bang!” And that's just what we did.
NV and 1995 Pascal Doquet Champage
Salumi and Rillettes from Fatted Calf
Notes: The NV was welcoming and bright and crisp. The '95's minerality was expansive and embracing. Both were amazing with the crab.
2012 Château Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan Blanc and
1992 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac-Leognan Blanc
Alaskan Cod with Classic Beurre Blanc
Notes: Both wines worked with the fish and sauce extremely well, but the age of '92 became this elegant voice of reason, resonating like a soprano. There was no way to ask her to be quiet.
2012 Claudie Jobard Rully Rouge La Chaume
Braised Endive Wrapped in Black Forest Ham with Béchamel Sauce and Gruyere Cheese
Notes: This course was an attempt to be lighter.. ha! The youth of the Burgundy played nicely with the gruyere and béchamel and ham. We all want to retry with a beaujolais.
2010, 2011, 2012 Domaine Pichat Cote-Rotie Les Grandes Places
72-Hour Sous Vide Beef Short Ribs
Notes: 72 hours in a sous vide then sprinkle a little fleur de sel atop and voilà. Lots of happiness in your mouth. As for the wines...at first I fell in love with the ’11 with its flirting nature. Then as that flirty-ness grew old, I went to the ’10, and then the ’12 opened up and I was in love all over again.
2004 Albert Belle Hermitage
1989 Domaine Chave Hermitage
Cheese Course and the Amazing Chocolate “Crack”ers from Goody Goodie
Notes: Show stealer… '89 Chave Hermitage. Almost didn’t even want to speak. This is what aging wine is all about. The richness and age told a story in your mouth. Wisdom showered down upon our palates.
1975 Chateau Coutet Sauternes (Barsac)
Candied Kumquats atop Pastry with a Yogurt Sauce and Nuts (Goody Goodie)
Notes: Perfect dessert to an astounding Sauterne. Rich and honeyed but never goes over the edge of sweetness.
6 courses, 54 wineglasses, 14 bottles, 9 people, 6 loads for the dishwasher.
In the end, it was a glorious evening with some beautiful human beings! Ok… now it is time to start the diet.