Tuesday, January 24, 2012


How can I say? Finally!

Finally Jean-Ro and his friends, who were our guests more than 2 years ago, came for lunch at our place on Monday 16. With four friends of our age with plenty of appetite and more particularly to please such prestigious guests, some originally “Pied-Noir” from Algeria, Morocco (and a good excuse for me), Murielle cooked a Lamb Tajine with spices brought by Daniel, who lives in Morocco.

Served with toast with black truffles of Perigord, a 2006 Pomerol from Fayat Thunevin and with the Tajine, Calvet-Thunevin Hugo 2008 (91 points on the Wine Advocate) which, if it had been noted by Robert Parker himself would have had at least 95 points.

This wine was incredibly soft, almost like a Maury, but very digestible because of its pH around 3.5 and serving at 17 degrees Celcius, cool enough, though, not to bring out the alcohol of this wine made with a very high amount of Grenache (60%) and 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan picked ripe. The spices from th Tajine were enveloped by the sweetness of this wine, worthy successor of the best wines from the hillsides of Mascara in the 1950s/1960s. There was enough Tajine for two meals, but our friends and I decided to finish everything, so had only three plates each!

And still to please our Bordeaux fans: Valandraud 2003 just before the Twelfth Night cake, there are better pairing.

In L’Essentiel, they wanted to taste the Fine Bordeaux, which was a good idea considering the cold weather. When I said that our friends were in good shape, they are trained to have meals until late at night, and helped by their heatlhy constitutions.

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