This cold weather makes our meals seem comforting, especially when they are shared with friends, and this Sunday, we organized a simple meal for 7 people and tasted wines blind!
Entrée: Iranian caviar and the perfect pairing with a bottle of Roederer Cristal 2000 I fortunately found in my cellar. The Russian vodka Beluga was also perfect in my opinion, but we are a bit fragile: wine with 13% versus vodka at 40%, the cold weather needs to be more severe
Paired with a roast chicken and mashed potatoes with truffles, we had a delicate Gevrey Chambertin 2005 Joseph Roty and a bottle hard to comprehend, Nuits Saint Georges 2005 Forey Père et Fils, closed, austere, almost like a “classic” left bank. To please our guests, Valandraud 1994 with still the potential to age for another 10 years, or even more, complete, powerful, a true Saint Emilion, with 94 points from Parker is one of the wines of the vintage, and Le Pin 1994 aromatic, very soft, very fine, with 91 points from Parker; it can prove that even after 18 years, finesse and elegance does not preclude a harmonious evolution.
With the chocolate dessert, two totally different wines, not tasted blind: 2009 Quinta Do Christo Porto very sweet and our Thunevin Calvet 2007 Maury not very sweet and yet with so much class. Long live Maury with chocolate.
Japan should be one our 1st market for Valentine's Day because it is customary to offer chocolate to celebrate love, and we should have run out of Maury!
Following my visit to Sweden, a lot of articles in newspapers and blogs were published. Also, an article by Fabian Cobb and course notes from Wine Spectator.