The Square, London
Tasted Thursday, June 18, 2009 by reichken with 509 views
A producer night in London brought us to the Michelin starred restaurant, The Square. Fourteen of us gathered to taste through 17 or so wines from Faiveley. It was a nice grouping of wines centered around the late eighties and early nineties.
The food was flawless and featured several of the house legends
The wine service was superb as Marc took great care of us and gave us a full contingent of glasses so we could linger over wines as long as as we liked
i have to say i thought the whites showed very well, better than i expected and no signs of premox and tasting quite young, well made and interesting
The reds, in many ways did not surprise, they lived up to what many would think of the Faiveley style/wines. They were not charming wines, they in general were a bit lean or at least not showing a lot of soft edges. They went better with the food although perhaps a more rustic meal plays against them better than our very rich gourmet feast did. They begged me to believe they need much more time to come around, but i scratched my head a bit and wondered if they ever would. i guess we will have to come back and try again in 5-10
Saute of Scotish Langoustine Tails with Parmesan Gnocchi and an Emulsion of Potato and Truffles (i love this dish)
Breast and Ballotine of Chicken with Sweetcorn, Girolles, Almonds and Beurre Noisette
Rump of Veal with Salsify, Cauliflower, Roasting Juices and Grated Bouton de Coulotte
Herb Crusted Saddle of West Country Lamb with Shallot Puree, Artichokes, Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil
Cheese: Epoisses, Charolais, Citeaux de L'abbaye
Vouvray Moulleaux 1990, Clos Baudoin
Montlous Romulus 2003, Domaine Taille aux Loups (Jacky Blot)
i didn't take any notes on the dessert wines (sorry jeremy, but thank you for bringing them) , i was revisiting reds and catching up with friends.
all in all a very interesting and fun night of wine and great food and company. i look forward to the next producer dinner