Sunday, July 29, 2012

"Aux Murgers" Nuits Saints Georges Premier Cru Sylvain Cathiard 2002

Firstly, I drank way too much last night. But I suppose that I had a good reason, which was the embarrassment of riches showered on Sarah and I by our neighbors for our wedding. Seriously. Four courses, half of the cutlery off our registry, flowers, lots of great wine and great bourbon, and a stunningly good cake (Who am I? Gordon Fucking Ramsey?)

First, the Burgundy. Wow. One of the top 5 bottles of wine that I've ever consumed. This wine was really something else. I can see why people chase Burgundy after being confronted with something like the "Aux Murgers" Nuits Saints Georges Premier Cru Sylvan Cathiard 2002. Quite expensive assuming you can find it, and 2002 was just about the best year for Burgundy in recent memory. Got more and more complex the longer it was open with various spices and dark fruits. Really amazing balance--a textbook study in how all the components of a wine should interact.  

The meal started of with Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Rose, which we've had before and is totally delicious. Went great with the mushroom crostini that we had. Next course was a seared scallop with green zebra tomatoes that our neighbors grew themselves. It was accompanied by a white bean puree that was also delicious. There was also a 2010 Kermit Lynch Macon that made an appearance--all pure apples and pears. Next, we moved over the dining room where we had an absurdly delicious chicken rubbed with ancho chile and accompanied by a mole. This was really, really, good and super complex. I brought a bottle--Domaine de Cristia CdP Blanc 2010. Almost no acid at all. Could definitely tell that this wine has a lot of Viognier because it's white CdP, but also because it was so flowery. Lots of stone fruits also. Great mouthfeel on this wine, and definitely good, but I wouldn't racing back to LA Wine Company to get another bottle unless the price was about 25% of what I paid. Back to the chicken: it was pretty goddamn great. 

And it's not like the meal ended there. Next, we had a mushroom risotto with truffles. And it was fucking great. I had a second serving of that. Obviously drank the Burgundy with that and also had sips of the Bila-Haut (peppery and Rhone-ish), and "The Shop" (Herbal red fruits. Wasn't sure I was drinking Pinot actually).

Next up was the cake. And the bourbon. I can report that I've had the Pappy Van Winkle twice now, and both times it's been the best bourbon I've ever had. It's really, really good. And it makes me wish that I was wearing a suit, tie, vest, and jacket smoking a cigar with Pappy Van Winkle. An intoxicating caramel, vanilla, and spice nose and a finish that is pretty much as timeless as the scene on the label. And that's not all. Also tried this Willett 16 Year Reserve--which was 138 proof. Delicious, but I enjoyed the regular pot still whiskey better, probably because I drank the 16 year neat. Anyway, like I said--an embarrassment of riches! Thanks Claude and Arlette.


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