Dinner with Dear Friends in Washington, DC
I was blown away by the Domaine d'Auvenay Meursault Narvaux. I wish I had bought some. Following that, the 1970 Lynch-Bages is fully mature and needs to be drunk up, but among the Bordeaux, the star was the 1978 La Mission-Haut Brion, a great, great La Mission. Sadly, the 1970 Trotanoy was an off bottle. A blind tasting, the flight of Châteauneuf du Papes, provided outrageously great drinking, with the 1989 Beaucastel the best regular bottling they have ever made, and of course, the three perfect wines, all totally different in style, the Rayas, the Les Cailloux Centenaire, and Bonneau's Réserve des Céléstins. That was followed by one of my all-time favorite dessert wines, the extremely elegant, beautifully delineated 1971 Climens, which seems almost immortal in terms of its longevity. It is still young but oh, so complex.
More articles from this author
Petit Louis Bistro
A lookalike, authentic French bistro, Petit Louis in Baltimore's Roland Park is the creation of restauranteurs par excellence Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman. You feel like you’ve walked into a bistro on the Left Bank of Paris when you enter Petit Louis. The food is classic bistro, and they do it well. All of the courses we had were flavorful, sometimes a trifle rustic, but delicious in their intensity. This was good comfort food prepared extremely well. The wines started with one of the major surprises for me over the last year, the 2006 sparking wine from Tony Soter in Oregon. I had this several times while I was out visiting Oregon, and I had always been impressed, but this is a 10-year-old sparking Rosé that is just sensational, and I’m talking world class—it’s that good. Something this good from France would cost at least two to three times as much, so kudos to Tony Soter. The 1995 Billaud-Simon Chablis Mont de Milieu was oxidized and undrinkable. The 1996 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos St. Urbain Rangen de Thann was sweet, and although it went well with the foie gras, it was just a little too unctuous and sweet a wine...