Thursday, we ate a good meal for lunch at L’Envers du Decor and drank, blind, a bottle of Montrose 2001, a classic Saint Estephe.
Friday, we had our company lunch at the Comptoir de Genes, Presidial white 2007, 3 de Valandraud 2004, Domaine des Sabines 2006 and Bad Boy 2006, as well as our “company” champagne Palmer brut.
Anne brought from her cellar 2 old bottles of Pontet Clauzure 1964 Saint Emilion Grand Cru, which her family used to own. One of the 2 bottles was really good: truffle, classic old wine. 1964 was a good vintage in the Right Bank where Merlots were picked ripe and in good quantity surpassing Medoc which picked following the rain, with a few exceptions including Beychevelle.
Friday evening, we ate a really good Paella, prepared by Murielle with great Moroccan spices Daniel gave us, including hot peppers and safran which gave such incredible aromas to this dish.
For Jose, our Spanish friend, Serge and their female friends, we served wines from the South and a great Pata Negra with Murielle’s Paella.
Ribera del Duero with Hacienda Monasterio 1995, followed by a top Regina Vides 2003 Sastre – phew, what a wine! – followed by the always brilliant Flor de Pingus 2003, and the wine of the week, the excellent Quinta Sardonia 2006 from Castillo & Leon
At the end, on the very good coconut cream cake, our Maury Calvet-Thunevin 2004, which is still so good and hard to sell.
The next day, to finish the Paella, we drank a Hugo 2005 Calvet-Thunevin served at 17/18º C (62/64° f). It rivaled the Spanish wines we drank the day before.