February 2017 RESERVE WINE PAIRINGS
$135 PER GUEST
MV Dhondt-Grellet Champagne, Brut, Flavigny, Cóte des Blancs, France
Pairing Notes: We begin with this beautiful expression of bubbles from a Grower-Producer. Made in a traditional brut style, the winemaker, Adrien, intends to show you a representation of the three villages he works with – Sezanne, Avenay Val d’Or, and Cuis. The blend is 50% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir, and 20% Pinot Meunier.
2010 Domaine Du Baumard, Chenin Blanc, Clos du Papillon, Savennieres, France
Pairing Notes: So bright for its age and a good kick-off for this first course. This wine shows great texture with a nutty quality to it. Apples and pears show through with beautiful floral components, making for a great balance in flavors.
2012 Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chardonnay, Les Noyers Bret, Puligny-Montrachet, France
Pairing Notes: Elegance and purity show forth in this lovely wine. This wine has focused minerality, a soft round palate, and exuberant lemon verbena, ripe lemons and a touch of lime leaf. The wine has richness, with creamy texture and a slightly oxidative nature. With the California steelhead, you can’t find a better pairing.
2013 Nicolas Mariotti Bindi Nielluccio, ‘Mursaglia’, Corsica, France
Pairing Notes: For this dish, a classic French staple, we give you a compelling red wine from the Island of Corsica. There is beautiful structure to this wine, with soft supple tannins that cut the fat of the duck breast. The wine showcases some blood orange notes on the nose and palate, which highlight the braised orange endive.
2012 Clos Cantenac Merlot, Grand Cru, St. Emilion, France
Pairing Notes: This Bordeaux is a knock out! An earthy wine with a modern twist, much like your dish. The wine shows great dark berry notes, pencil shavings, and an herbal quality to match the mushrooms. As you sip, the wine begins to soften up and the toasty notes start to appear.
Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port, 20 Year, Portugal
Pairing Notes: For the finale we have gorgeous Port that’s been aged for 20 years! It shows great fruit structure still with a bit of oxidation, and the spirit is lovingly integrated. With chocolate, caramel and a touch of sea salt, we couldn’t ask for a better wine. It shows great almond, hazelnuts and fleshy jammed fruits – a total stunner for the end of the evening!