Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer is here

Friday evening, we had a dinner at our house with Catherine, Laurent, Jeff, Michel, Gérard and Emmanuel to celebrate the arrival of Summer.
Caviar, Pata Negra, roast chicken, mash potatoes with black truffles, brie Bizeul style, raspberries and strawberries with vanilla. Simple but always good, when you think that we started dinner at 9 pm instead of 8!

Before, I organized an important tasting for my guests :
Valandraud Blanc N°1 2007and 2006 and N°2 2007 and 2006, Virginie de Valandraud 2007-2006-2005-2004, Clos Badon (I don’t remember), Bad Boy 2005 and Valandraud 2007-2006 (a monster) -2005-2004-2003-2002-1999, Fleur Cardinale 2007-2006-2005 (incredible), Croix de Labrie 2005-2001-2000 (a beauty)

We were thirsty when we sat for dinner, and the wines were showing their best:
Cristal Roederer 1990 and a bit of vodka for enthusiasts, and wine from property owner I highly regard (Magrez, Cazes):
Pape Clément Red 2001, always so good, bravo the Grand Jury Européen for encouraging me to buy some.
A wine which never turned Mumu and I down : Lynch Bages 1990 youthful and with such precision… Following, Latour 1952, incredibly youthful, tasting 30 to 40 years younger, a perfect bottle Jacques Luxey and his friends would have greatly enjoyed.
For desert: Cossart Gordon Madeira Bual Salera from 1845, Rhum from Martinique J.M.
Michel Puzio was in heaven. He experienced in the past our memorable monthly dinners where such wines was served, even with the little money we had. It is true that in the years 85/95, wines didn’t cost as much as they are today.
(Although old fine wines are not as expensive as 2000 or 2005).

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