Well Grand Crew wine community, I must be short because on Tuesday I’m leaving on a roughly 3-week intensive research trip to South Africa, to analyze the management of the Table Mountaint National Park. It’ll be a blast, but definitely the key word is INTENSE! Anyways, I won’t be able to blog much at all during these 3 weeks due to time and logistics constraints. But I’m sure we’ll have some great posts from the other members of the Grand Crew! Plus I guess I should mention that if everything works out as planned I’ll be spending one solid day in Stellenbosch wine country! So a post or two will certainly come out of that vinous journey.
As a final post before stepping onto Emirates Airlines, below is a summary of what was maybe the best wine/dinner I’ve ever had in my life … this past Saturday at wino friend Phil’s house. The food was simply superb. The wine was pure hedonistic pleasure! The excuse … to finally de-cork the bottle of 1998 Yquem that Phil, Mathieu, Mathilde and I won as part of our 1st place package during the Défi de Bacchus national wine tasting competition last year. Thank you Phil and thank you Phil’s Montreal-slash-French-chef friends for an unforgettable night!
PS: Everyone contributed one bottle. Mine was the Meursault. Although there’s no way it would have beat out the Yquem or the Dom Pe’, from the price-quality standpoint for me the Meursault was the winner! Compare 36 euros to 200 plus!
Seared Sea Scallops St-Jacques, garnished with smoked bacon, served over Pear purée au Poivre Rose
1975 Dom Perignon Champagne
Rough Tasting Notes: Golden in the glass, signs of delicate and long ageing! Remarkably fresh and vibrant nose, with a beautiful complexity, aromas of toffee, roasted nuts, toast and apple sauce. Elegant and smooth bubbles, citrus and potpourri spice notes, perfectly balanced and fresh acidity, very complex.
Price: $500+ @ Snooth.com
1999 Chateau Haut-Bailly Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classée
Rough Tasting Notes: Classic Bordeaux. Pleasant minerality on the nose with notes of black fruits and cherry. Good balance, good fuits and complexity in the mouth.
Price: ~$70 @ Snooth.com
Short Ribs in paprika and wine sauce, served with roasted garlic potatoe purée au Saint-Paulin
2004 Mas Doix “Costers de Vinynes Velles” Priorat
Rough Tasting Notes: Intense nose yet with finesse. Aromas of ripe, fresh raspberries, minerality, licquorice, and flowers. Big, tannic, and young in the mouth with bright red and black fruits and potential to age and improve another 10 to 20 years.
Price: ~$100 @ Snooth.com
2000 Domaine Vincent Girardin “Les Narvaux” Meursault
Rough Tasting Notes: Looked Sauternes-like in the glass! Toasty, nutty nose, expressing great signs of aging. Still vibrant in the mouth with great complexity and balance and some citrus flavors.
Price: ~$68 @ Snooth.com
1998 Chateau d’Yquem
Rough Tasting Notes: Beautiful golden hue in the glass. Beautifully complex, expressive and alluring nose of baked apple, white flowers, lemon cream pie and dried apricot. Velvety smooth in the mouth. Super sweet yet enough acidity and complexity to balance out any cloyingness.
Price: ~$150 @ Snooth.com
Leopold Gourmel “Age de Fleurs” 15 Years Cognac
Rough Tasting Notes: Elegantly interwoven notes of roses and sweet oak. Very inviting. In the mouth silky smooth.
Price: ~$100 @ Snooth.com