Our friends chose to blind-taste the wines offered by Daniel and we are in awe of their talent, not only in terms of wine tasting but also in their ability to locate the right area first without as much as breaking a sweat, and to then identify them in relation to their variety. The wine then led to exciting discussions and we spent a Sunday basking in the happiness of a reunion which was all about strong and unconditional friendships.
Grated black radish with celery and truffle oil
Green tea risotto with parmesan tiles and green tea (now a classic!)
Strawberry salad with white balsamic cream and frozen parsley
Scallops with orange sabayon and artichoke cream
Sea bass tartare on a polenta with cuttlefish ink sauce and nori seaweed
Sautéed lamb with sage and lavender and squash julienne
Chaource, Brillat-Savarin, Saint Félicien
Panacotta with passion fruit under a mango emulsion
Melon with orange blossom and bitter almond cream with rose water
Champagne Selosse V.O : blanc de blancs : Grand Cru : Extra Brut
(Dug up on October 28th 2008)
The yellow gold color is crossed by a streak of very fine bubbles; the nose is intense and subtle and evokes pastries, oriental spices, yellow fruit, nuanced with notes of ripe apples. The palate is creamy, almost smooth, intense, dense and delicate, toned by a ripe acidity, beautifully integrated to the matter, with flavors combining fruit and spices. The finish is long, with a gentle and attractive touch while retaining a good freshness, delicious in its aromatic expression. Score 17.5, enjoyment score 18.
Chablis : Vincent Dauvissat : 2006 Forest
The gold color is bright; the nose is welcoming and intense with aromas of hazelnut, pear, citrus fruit, fine spices, and hints of oyster shells. The mouth-feel is full as of the attack; the wine develops a fleshy, spherical and fruity quality which tightens mid-palate, with good "mature" acidity (which was more discreet with the bottles tasted two years ago). The finish is very persistent, with good tension, full, fruity, with floral notes, finely spicy, salty, with slight bitter seductive notes. Score 17, same enjoyment score.