We were treated to a superb selection of both solid and liquid refreshments this past weekend by a most cordial host and hostess. Paired with a salmon avocado tartare was a fine Burgundy from the Cote d'Or. The Louis Moulin, Corton
Charlemagne, 1998 matched the salmon perfectly with that steely gunflint superdry mouthfeel typical of the appelation. Mmmmm. No overoaked butteriness here. A “good” wine.
We had quite the selection of red wines before dinner - California, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina. All were good, the only disappointment was the Lurton, Gran Araucano, Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 and this was only because the other wines overpowered it.
With dinner, Beef Wellington, we were served an Australian gem, the Penfolds, St. Henri, Shiraz 2001. This is Penfold's second best shiraz after their Grange and it didn't disappoint. Thick, rich, chewy...mmmm. It was a little tight, though, being young. This was a "wow" wine. You just have to decide if you want to spend the money to experience it!
Cheers, and well done Nat and Laurent!!