WA Frost, St. Paul
Tasted Thursday, October 11, 2007 by Siggy with 521 views
Several members of our Minneapolis tasting group attended a Leroy dinner at WA Frost in St. Paul, hosted by our favorite local retailer, Winestreet Spirits. The event, which came together over the span of a week, featured many different whites and reds, primarily from the Maison (negotiant) side of the house. Christophe Rolland, a California-based sales manager, spoke about the history and philosophy of Leroy, and introduced the wines as they were poured. He was very approachable and fascinating to talk to. We also met representatives from New France Wine Company, a local distributor with an extensive French portfolio that now includes Leroy. The wines were chilled on ice (the reds were a touch too cold), and pours were mostly arranged in groups of two. This was a terrific tasting, both from an intellectual and hedonistic perspective, of one of my favorite Burgundy producers. It was also a nice sneak preview of our upcoming Phelps Insignia vertical dinner, which will also be held at WA Frost. Speaking of dinner, I was a bit underwhelmed. The courses didn't pair well with the food, for the most part, and the only one which really stood out was seared ahi tuna over spicy peach risotto. After dinner we headed up to the still-lively bar to order more food and wine. Alas, the kitchen had closed, but we made do with a couple of interesting older reds from the wonderful and extensive list.
WOTN for me was the 66 Chapelle-Chambertin, which I've had a couple times before. I was also blown away by the 76 Beaune Teurons and 72 Gevrey-Chambertin Champeaux.
Thanks to Brad Weiss at Winestreet for putting this together!