Last night, Thursday the 18th of December, Miki San and I celebrated the season with some very delicious wine and food in her cozy Parisian apartment. Miki San prepared everything. We munched on some fresh brie and baguette (out of order I know) before the meal commenced. The first course was French onion soup with French baguette and emmental cheese broiled on top. Next we had a mixed greens salad with anchovies, white asparagus and homemade onion vinaigrette. The main course was roasted chicken leg stew with fresh olives and a savory rosemary, tomato and white wine sauce. Desert was fondant au chocolat, an absolutely rich, warm and chocolaty delight!
The accompanying wine at the beginning of the meal was the bottle left over from my last disastrous wine journal entry (5€ Merlot, Vin de Pays d’Oc). Dangerous I know as I hated the bottle on the first approach. However the 9/20 rating jumped to a 11/20 rating, maybe because my sickness had subsided a little or maybe because of the good company or maybe because the bottle had opened up after two days in the fridge under an oxygen-free air tight Vacuum seal. All the bitterness was gone, leaving subtle notes of black berries and plum. The main attraction though was a bottle of Gewurztraminer from Alsace that I purchased at the Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants a few weeks prior.
2007 Kaefferkopf Gewurztraminer
Producer: Domaine Léon Heitzmann
Le Service: Freshly opened and chilled bottle, we drank the wine in Miki San’s brand new Bordeaux style glasses, a Christmas present from yours truly
Eye: straw yellow
Miki’s tasting notes: Aromas of cherry blossom and apricot and subtle litchi. Notes of pear on the palate.
Kenny’s tasting notes: Aromas of lemon, litchi and apple. There’s a guiding acidity, followed by wet rocks and white flowers. An off-dry, medium bodied palate dominated by litchi, mandarin orange flesh and peel, and a refreshing acidity.
Conclusion: We both liked this wine quite a bit. It was very refreshing and comforting.
Miki’s rating: 15 out of 20
Kenny’s rating: 14-15 out of 20
Pairing 1: We paired the wine at first with the brie, recommended by the local fromager. This was a total disaster. The brie turned to plastic and the wine stood alone, wondering what the hell was going on.
Pairing 2: We then paired the wine with the fondant au chocolat. Not a perfect pairing, but it worked. The chocolate brought out some of the bitterness in the wine. However, the sweetness of the wine and the desert played together nicely.