A Laura and I shared a lovely Saturday evening with Mike & Leslie Shor.
with the comté cheese gougeres
1996 Pol Roger Brut Chardonnay
Still very youthful (the glacial cellar strikes again), with a very deep and rich mouthfeel, especially for a blanc de blancs. Some toastiness on the finish shows that it's not a new release, but it is younger than its years. Delicious and gone in short order.
with leek, spinach and aged gouda frittata
In no way lerger scaled than the Pol Roger, but longer on the finish and more complex. Also very youthful, and also gone in short order.
with braised beef roast, red quinoa and garlic mashed cauliflower
2004 Vilmart Cuvee Rubis
1978 Ridge Monte Bello
The Vilmart was all about ripe strawberries and red cherries - very mouthfilling and no slouch in a great trio of Champagnes. The Monte Bello showed some deep black fruit, a touch of lingering tannin and a very full finish. It stayed quite fresh for the hour plus that we followed it.
We also had a small glass of 1997 Ridge Geyserville, which was the wine I used in the braise. It's showing very well now, in about a perfect place, combining fruit with dusty leather.
We finished off with a 1996 Kracher TBA #9 Welschriesling that was all about botrytis spice, though not in the least heavy.
A very fun (and filling) night!
There behind the glass lies a real blade of grass. Be careful as you pass. Move along. Move along.