What better way to spend a cold January night than to meet with friends old and new over delicious wines and dinner! Here is the menu that tempted us out into the cold.
We gathered excitedly in the small bar over a glass of Jacquart Mosaic which was elegant and fresh, a real delight.
The starter of hand dived scallops set upon an sweet squash puree with salty belly pork proved too much for our photographer to resist and so we sadly don’t have a photo! The Close des Lunes ‘Lune d’Argent’ 2012 was a superb accompaniment to this dish. As the wine warmed a little the floral nose appeared and it was crisp and citrussy with a long elegant finish.
The ox cheeks were a wintry and rich dish with strong flavours that the Chateau Batailley 2007 was more than capable of dealing with. This was a quintessential Paulliac with a plum and cedar nose and plenty of fruit and oak on the palate. 2007 was not expected to be a special year but in this wine proved that quality shines through and it was a superb choice.
The generous selection of cheeses and biscuits were enjoyed with Langoa-Barton 2007. This was, as expected, a very elegant St Julian and wonderfully smooth. The notes of black cherry smoky cedar came through and it was very much enjoyed.
Our dessert was classic - rich and creamy with berry fruits. With this we enjoyed a Raymond Lafon 2009 . This was a beautiful golden colour and there was plenty of tropical fruit and honey .
This was a very informal and relaxed evening. The room was full of chatter and laughter and we were delighted to have a large number of guests whose company certainly made the evening extra special !