Chez Patrick Sun Street, Hong Kong
Tasted Thursday, November 6, 2008 by Goldstone with 281 views
The band of five of us from last year at Toscana - Runny, Jason, Greg, Daniel and me - couldn't keep a good thing to ourselves so we were able to get Harold, Roy and Frenchy to join us this year. We thought we had achieved an impossibly high standard of wine last year and weren't particularly trying to match it but somehow we did. With Toscana being closed for relocation, we asked Patrick to step into the breach and he sourced us the most beautiful fresh and ripe white truffle from Italy which he matched with a light but stunning menu which blew everyone away and took our admiration of his cooking to new heights. Patrick may be French but Chef Bombana at Toscana now has serious competition when it come to white truffle!
On the wine, if we made one error it was not to organize earlier decanting: the maximum any wine had been decanted was 3 hours.
Thanks to everyone for digging so unselfishly into their cellars.
Moving on to the first red wine, this was the oldest and lightest wine of the night. I would class it as an intellectual rather than hedonistic wine..... most others didn't mark it as highly as I did and thought I was talking crap.
Next was a great 3-way comparison of wines at their full force. This flight was the hardest to choose in terms of the order to serve it. I think we chose right in putting the Ch. L'Evangile ahead of these but I think it would have shown a lot better if we had placed the Pichon '79 next and not the very forceful Lynch Bages '82.
What followed was an intriguing comparison of almost indisputably "Best of '86 Old World" vs "Best of '86 New World".
Next could be sunmmarised as, basically, a text-book case of keep any of these wines for many more years.
What followed was a lovely way to end an evening.
Interestingly, the compromise of spreading each bottle across 8 people was out-balanced by the fun of so many pairings achievable on one night ( '82 Lynch Bages vs '82 Pichon, '82 Pichon vs '79 Pichon, '86 Haut Brion vs '86 Grange, "86 Grange vs '93 Grange, '90 Dominus vs '96 Bryant Family and two ''94 D'Yquem vs each other vs D'Yquem '96).
Erm, what to do next year............