Last night, more proof that the best bar in town is right here at home. We had a couple of friends over for an impromptu degustation session. The comestibles included a braised rump roast with one of our new favorite seasonings, star anise, a gratin of potato and Portobello mushrooms and a macaronade made with comte, jarlsburg and the braising liquid from the beef.
On tap, three bordeaux–
Château Haut-Beauséjour Saint-Estephe 2009. In 1992, Jean-Claude Rouzaud, oenologist and president of Champagne Louis Roederer, acquired and combined two Cru Bourgeois vineyards in the heart of the Medoc’s prestigious Saint-Estèphe appellation: Chateau Picard and Château Beauséjour. Together, these properties make up what is now called “Château Haut-Beauséjour.” Yes, this is a bit young but what a nice wine to start off our evening. Dried fruit followed by chocolate on the finish. This will get better with time. Rated ***
Chateau Lanessan Haut Medoc 2001— The Lanessan vineyard has belonged to a succession of eight generations of the Bouteiller family since the 18th century. A young woman, Paz Espejo, took over the management of Château Lanessan from Hubert Bouteiller in August 2009. This change is a result of the Bouteiller family’s stated ambition to inject new life into this fine property. But this is a wine made before the shake up. Just beginning to show its age with the beginnings of a tinge of garnet on the edge. Still delicious with an undeniable intensity. Undeniably fragrant French bouquet. Sweet spices measured up well to the our dinner. Rated ***
Now this is one of those evenings where we should have stopped after the Lanessan. But Ms. R looked over at me and gave the ole “Ahem— I can see the bottom of me glass!’ look. You know I can’t say no to her. Bring on the Beaulieu… “Danger, Will Robinson!” Yeah, we are on a space ship gone completely out of control.
Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes 2002— The estate is owned by Guillaume de Tastes. It comprises 25 acres of vineyards in the Entre-de-Mer which is the large region between the Dordogne and Garonne Rivers. The terroir is a combination of limestone and clay with south-facing sloping exposure. 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Earthy, savory and lovely fruit. Rated **1/2
And speaking of Will Robinson, the voice of Robot in TV’s ‘Lost in Space,’ Dick Tufeld, passed away at the age of 85 last Sunday. RIP.