Cathryn and I were fortunate enough to be invited (despite our Linnaean status as goyim anglicanus) to join our friends Jonathan and Samantha for their Rosh Hashanah dinner last night. Nice to see Jonathan and Samantha, as well as a few other folks -- old friends and new. Also nice to enjoy the benefits of Samantha's amazing cooking!
With chopped liver and pita with hummus, spinach dip, and green olive tapenade. And apples and honey, of course.
With brisket, ginger-honey carrots, a great green bean dish, kugel, and challah.
With a sweet carrot mousse and an apple-frangipane cake.
Great night of people and food. Also a good wine night. Nothing was corked; everything showed well, though the CNdP was a lot more advanced than I expected (and I know it had been stored well).
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|I did a tour there the other day and was impressed. They clearly have a number of food and wine events. Also I noticed the wine for sale in restauruants seemed to be very well priced.|
I then saw in a newsletter that they can sell wine and set up something like "Vinetard and Cellar"....can you buy wine from them directly (like a case at a time?)
First of all, TAC in general. I don't know if you've got a family with you in Tokyo. If you do (and if you can spare the coin or your company will pay initiation/dues), it is well worth joining. Good social outlet for family members, nice pool, some kid's activities, complete gym, etc.
I would say that the food is very good by club standards. Of course, by Tokyo standards in general, the food is not stellar, but they do a good enough job that we eat there a fair bit, especially in the kid-friendly informal restaurants.
As to wine scene...
There are one to two events a month. The themes are all over the map, but I would say they have a new world bent.
A few highlights are the Fall Vendors' Sale and the annual blind challenge. There is a current thread from me on this site reporting in the Fall Vendors' Sale. At the bottom of this note is my report on this year's blind challenge (typos and all!).
As to pricing... If you will send me an e-mail (via the button above when you read this post), tell me what your e-mail is and I will attach the club wine list (both in restaurants and for retail carry away). You can judge the prices and selection for yourself, which will be worth a lot more than opinions from me.
In any case, welcome to Japan!
This is an annual event pitting one country's wines against another. This time it was Australia versus France. Five pairs of wines...varietally matched. Group voting determines the winner.
Flight One -- Sauv Blanc/Sem
Flight Two -- Chardonnay
With crab terrine and pan-seared scallop
Flight Three -- Pinot
Flight Four -- Syrah
With lamb chops and mashed potatoes
Flight Five -- Cab, et. al.
As inconclusive as can be.
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|Thanks for the notes. Like Jenise, my last Boursan 2000 was not yet mature, and even my '98 required a day of air to open up. Mine are the traditional, not the more modern Cevee Felix, and I am wondering if that might be the difference? |
|It was the basic level, more traditional one. |
It definitely showed the terroir and character I expect out of a traditionally styled CNdP, but was just surprisingly open and had lost so much of its younger richness that I was surprised. Not necessarily a bad thing, but a surprise nonetheless.
|...to my relative inexperience with the brand, I guess. |
I agree that it was showing less fruit than when first purchased, but it only showed hints of those wonderful secondary flavors that some older CdPs develop, and seemed to me it was in that in-between stage when the fruit was fading but the tertiary flavors hadn't fully developed, so I thought "not yet mature - hold for 5" But as I say, I haven't had an older Bois de Boursan so I don't really know if it will ever develop, or just continue losing fruit with nothing to replace it.
At this point, I thought it was enjoyable, but not a wine to cause excitement, and I guess I will still take the gamble. Even if I lose, so what?
Unless, Jim, you or someone else on this board can tell me how this producer's wines go after they reach this point.
Where is Gary Kahle when you need him????
|OW -- |
My inexperience is the same as yours. I had no experience with this producer prior to the 2000 vintage. From tasting it up to about a year ago, I expected it to develop more slowly than the wine showed the other night.
Given Jenise's comments that her Olivets have shown bottle variation, with some developing faster than others, I'm going to give my remaining three Bois de Boursan bottles some time...say one in a year to 18 mos and see what has happened, then decide on the rest.
I don't think these are ready to head downhill or anything, just suprised by how fast the one came along and how open it was.
|I really love the ceremonial meals of the Jewish faith, it's been a privilege in the past to share some with friends. And, you did well with the wines. Btw, I have the Boursan you mentioned. My last bottle, about a month ago, wasn't as mature as what you describe here, so another bottle of yours has some chance of not being quite so advanced. I've had similar problems, if you can call it a problem, with my 2000 Olivets. All have been delicious, but some were surprising advanced. My last bottle, also about a month ago, was the seeming youngest of them all. |
I love Jewish festivals (and food) as well. It was a treat to be included in the Kriegel fête.
Thanks for the kind words on the notes and also for the comments on the Bois de Boursan. I enjoyed the wine, especially how terroir-driven it was, but I was not exactly pleased with how advanced it was. I'm just afraid that if they call come along this fast, we'll be missing some complexity and the fun of watching them develop.
I haven't tried one in about a year, so it is entirely possible that I'm experiencing the same bottle variation you have experienced with the Olivet. Mine are well stored, but it can still happen.
|Although it is the year 5766 in the Jewish calendar, it is only the year 3766 in the Chinese calendar - which means that for the first 2,000 years, Jews had to do without Chinese food.|
|...especially apropos since the "Samantha" who was doing the cooking for us is, in fact, Chinese (at least by genes...though she grew up in Vancouver).|
|The problem is when we store wines well, we are only preserving the wines as we received them. What happened to them before we got them is another matter entirely. It's always a mystery why wines purchased together and showing no other obvious flaws show signs of different aging curves, but in some ways the unpredictability is also the fun of wine, too. Of course, that's easier to say about our Boursans than our Latours, isn't it? |
|I've always imagined that these strange variations within a case lot must have something to do with subtle cork differences. But I have no basis to know this is true.|