Dinner - L'Ami Louis
What a treat - the extraordinary bistro cooking of L'Ami Louis accompanied by two of the 20th century's legendary wines. It is amazing how similar the 1961 and 1982 Latours are when you have them side by side. Their sweetness, extraordinary broad, deep textures, and fabulous perfumes are remarkably similar. It is hard to believe there are twenty-one years between the two vintages, a testament to how great Bordeaux ages. I'm sure that the 1982 Latour, which has always been drinkable, will still be at its peak of perfection in 15-20 years. In any event, it was a wonderful (make that perfect) evening, from the greatest bistro cooking in the world to two of the greatest wines in the world.
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Petit Louis Bistro
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