Chicken liver and pancetta ravioli in a boscaiola sauce with marsala wine
Butternut Agnolotti with a sage brown butter, amaretti and buffalo mozzarella
Pappardelle in a braised veal shank and marrow sauce with minced cherry pepper and a hint of Italian mascarpone
Veal chop with a porcini-dijon sauce served with braised vegetables
Jeff brought along a bottle of white, 2011 Francois Carillon Bourgogne, to kick off the evening. The Domaine has been located in Puligny-Montrachet since the sixteenth century and produces white wines racy, elegant, fruity while embodying perfectly the terroir of soil their Chardonnays come from. Bourgogne is the entry-level wine in Burgundy. The wines are made from the grapes that don’t qualify for Permier Cru or Grand Cru wines. From producers like Carillon they represent great value and can be enjoyed in their youth as well as with age. Tonight’s wine was crisp, round and delicious with a wonderful finish. $25. Wine-Searcher.
1999 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux. This famous Clos, a magnificent parcel of five hectares, is one of the 10 largest premier or grand cru monopolies of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. The wine is made from 100% de-stemmed fruit, keeping most of the berries whole, not crushed. Depending on the appellation and age of the vines, the wines age18 to 24 months in barrels, with a percentage of new oak ranging from 0% for the Village appellations to 30% for the old vines of Clos des Epeneaux. I really liked this wine. The purity and complexity of the wine was apparent with the first sip. The wine had a beautifully elegant feminine palate and finished with considerable length. It was my favorite of the evening. $183. Wine-Searcher.
1989 Domaine Maume Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru. Maume is a relatively tiny estate in Gevrey-Chambertin. The vines average 50 years of age. A nice bottle of wine, that was a bit more tired than a bottle I had 3 years back. It lacked the purity and vibrancy of the Armand. More recent vintages will cost in the neighborhood of $150 to $200.
1985 Louis Jadot Chambertin Clos De Beze Grand Cru. Louis Jadot has been making superb red and white Burgundy wines since 1859. The estate produces wines that are rich and sumptuous with terrific balance of power, elegance and finesse. The wine sees 18 to 20 months in oak barrels before bottling. I found this to be much better than the Maume with more vibrant fruit and balance on the palate, yet with much less complexity, finesse and depth than the Armand. A wine that should be drunk sooner than later in my opinion. This vintage is also no longer available. More recent vintages will set you back around $400.