July 19, 2010

Wines Last Week: Part One

Had the opportunity to drink some really fine wines last week amidst two tasty dinners. First up, I was fortunate to be invited to a friends house for a dinner cooked by chef Eli Kirshtein.Eli went a little crazy in the kitchen with help from Rowdy, and a pretty amazing 5 course meal was offered up. A great night. My thanks to both of these good dudes.

The dinner was outrageous. Eli working above on the raw sea bass with orange, chili oil, fresh garbanzos.
                                  Skate Wing Soup in Soy Coconut Reduction

We had some killer wines, too. The 1999 and 2000 Domaine D'Auvenay (Bize-Leroy) Puligny Montrachet En La Richarde were both quite beautiful. These wines command a high price, but they offer a thrilling white Burgundy experience. Haunting wines, really, and actually a terrific pairing with the soup.

We also had some nice reds including the 1995 Beaucastel Chateauneuf du Pape which was tasty with the lobster and sweetbread pasta dish. Nothing quite like a great CdP with some age on it.

My wine of the night; however, was a surprise. A local collector brought the 1983 Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande.  A terrific showing for an '83 with fully mature fruit and resolved tannins. A joy top drink. I don't drink a lot of Bordeaux, but I would if I had some tasty aged beauties like this in the cellar.

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