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to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by François Audouze » Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:24 am

An American friend of mine has come to Paris and he had announced that he would bring some wines.

So, knowing that he would bring that and that, I decided that I would provide that and that.
So he answered : if you provide that and that, I will add that.
Yo which I answered : if it is so, I will change this year for that year.

So, as kids competing for the distance they reach when they make pipi, we arrived at a final list :

1- magnum Krug 1976
2- Laville Haut-Brion 1955 white
3- Chateau Latour 1924
4- Pétrus 1947
5- Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1865
6- Chateau Chalon 1864
7- Gewurztraminer selected noble grapes 1934
8- Vouvray d'origine 1929
9- Chateau Filhot 1929

He brings 1, 2, 3, 5
I bring 4, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Sometimes, people say that they organise the dinner of the century.
This will be the dinner of the day. :lol:
Old wines are younger than what is generally considered
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by Sam Platt » Fri Apr 21, 2006 9:44 am

Francois Audouze wrote:So, as kids competing for the distance they reach when they make pipi, we arrived at a final list

I've never thought of comparing wine selection to urinating for distance, but the analogy certainly is creative.

I have visited your sight and the wines that you drink with your dinners are incredible. Do you expect that a wine like the '29 Vouvray will have held up nicely, or will opening it be more of an experiment?
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by Howie Hart » Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:00 am

Good Lord what a lineup! Stuff of dreams indeed. I'd be intimidated with such a list and almost be in awe. Be sure to post a follow-up. :shock:
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by François Audouze » Fri Apr 21, 2006 10:12 am

Of course it is an image as I love to drink seriously while not being serious. I keep a distance towards what I do.
But it was pleasant.
He announced first some wines.
I said that the Chateau Chalon is my oldest (in the region of Jura, every wine lover is completely nervous to know that I open a wine which exists probably with not more than 3 to 4 still full) and that I would open it.
So, he decided to bring the Lafite 1865.
But as he said that, I had the intention to open a Pétrus 1971. So, I had a pretext to change it and open a Pétrus 1947.
I have some and I needed one reason to decide to open one.

For the Vouvray, it is an incredible bottle : there is a wooden case for one bottle. Printed in the wood with a burning iron (as cowboys do on cow's skin), is : "Vouvray d'Origine 1929".

Inside the case, a bottle very ordinary, with no label, no capsule and a neutral cork. So, this could be anything.
And I cannot remember when and where I got that bottle.
I have already opened one and here is what I wrote :

"Le Vouvray d’origine 1929 dont aucune indication ne livre le nom du producteur a une belle couleur dorée qui enchante la ravissante femme d’origine indienne, qui fut mannequin de Yves Saint-Laurent et illumine notre table. Le nez est délicieusement expressif. En bouche, des saveurs énigmatiques où se mêlent le sec et le rond, l’amer et le sucré, le doux et le citronné. Et l’accord avec le plat est exact, tant avec la chair des langoustines qu’avec le délicat bouillon. Mais c’est surtout la gelée qui entoure les langoustines qui brille avec le Vouvray. Mon voisin de Hong-Kong, qui possède l’une des Ferrari les plus rares au monde, s’extasiait de voir comme les senteurs se confondaient entre le plat et le vin."

So I expect that this wine performs. But I must say that I love that in a dinner, as you saw on my web site, the prestigious labels are accompanied also by unknown wines or wines from obscure origins.

Always my will to behave not seriously.
Keeping distance with what I do belongs to my way of life.
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by Sam Platt » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:16 pm

Francois,

My French is pretty weak, but it sounds like the Vouvray held up very well at your previous tasting. I had not thought of Vouvray as an age worthy wine in general.

I could not pick up on the subtlety in my translation of "...qui fut mannequin de Yves Saint-Laurent et illumine notre table" from the note. I read it as "a mannequin of Yves Saint-Laurent was lighting the table". Can you, or another Francophile, help clarify the meaning for me.

Thank you for sharing the information on these fantasy wines.
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by SFJoe » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:50 pm

Sam Platt wrote:Francois,
I had not thought of Vouvray as an age worthy wine in general.

Au contraire.
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by SFJoe » Fri Apr 21, 2006 2:54 pm

François Audouze wrote:
For the Vouvray, it is an incredible bottle : there is a wooden case for one bottle. Printed in the wood with a burning iron (as cowboys do on cow's skin), is : "Vouvray d'Origine 1929".

Inside the case, a bottle very ordinary, with no label, no capsule and a neutral cork. So, this could be anything.
And I cannot remember when and where I got that bottle.

François,
Best of luck with the wines at this remarkable dinner.

Do you know anything about the vintage in Vouvray? Certainly not as famous as '21 or '37, or even '34, as far as I am aware. I have never seen a bottle. What a curious packaging--it sounds like something that would not have been done on initial release, but perhaps more recently, do you think?

But even "off-vintage" old Vouvray can be a great experience, I hope your bottle shows well in such august company.
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by François Audouze » Fri Apr 21, 2006 5:46 pm

Vouvray is a wine which ages very well.
I have drunk many old wines of Vouvray with no problem.

1929 is a great year in every region.
1921 is "the" star for Loire wines, and I have drunk many. But 1929 cannot be neglected.


To translate what I said :
This woman who had been a top model for a great group of mode illuminated our table by her sheer beauty.
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by Sam Platt » Fri Apr 21, 2006 6:11 pm

SFJoe wrote:Francois,
I had not thought of Vouvray as an age worthy wine in general.

Au contraire.

Fracois Audouze wrote:Vouvray is a wine which ages very well.

It looks like I need to learn more about Vouvray. :oops:

I hope that you and your party enjoy your dinner.
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by JoePerry » Sat Apr 22, 2006 1:08 am

François Audouze wrote:7- Gewurztraminer selected noble grapes 1934


Sounds like fun!

Who was making SGN Gewurzt back then?
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Re: to-morrow should be a huge day with dream wines

by Paulo in Philly » Sat Apr 22, 2006 3:06 pm

John D. Zuccarino wrote:Hello François,

Please take a picture of them all together, I don't think I will ever see such a lineup in my life.

Best of luck !


You are referring to the bottles, not the actuall p-ing, right???????? :lol:

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