Bryan's Dinner Party Offline
The Ledbury, London
Tasted July 7, 2010 by SimonG with 481 views
As others have commented the perfect setting for enjoying fine wine. It felt a little rushed at the start with the fizz flight only just being started when the first course and the Chablis arrived, but after that it settled to a very comfortable pace allowing us to enjoy some lovely bottles in their proper context - at the table with fine food and knowledgable fellow diners.
Flight 1 - Aperitif (2 notes)
A fishy puree on a crispy tuille base
White - Sparkling
1990 Bollinger Champagne La Grande Année
Quite a full, gold. Floral, honeyed nose with a touch of something lighter and sweeter that reminds me of slight maderisation. No sign of this on the palate though. Good body and richness. Very smooth and balanced. Long. Very good indeed. Top ****.
Flight 2 - Paupiette of Turbot with almond praline and crab (2 notes)
Stunning nutty texture and flavour here - very much like a slightly sweet satay.
1999 Domaine William Fèvre Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
Deepish gold but slightly lighter than the 96 Rav Clos alongside. Leaner nose, though this is starting to open up just as I've finished my glass. Mineral, slightly saline. Rounder, more generous on the attack, fruit properly ripe. Shows a more classic mineral middle and finish with decent grip. Lacks a little weight and intensity of minerality cf previous bottles, possibly because not decanter or given the chance to open up as previous bottles have. Good though. ***1/2
1996 François Raveneau Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
Slightly fuller yellow than the Fevre 99 Preuses. A slightly honied nose with richness and depth behind it. More body here. Rich, mineral and saline palate. Good grip and length. Proper. Just getting there. First time a Raveneau had really wowed me. ****
Flight 3 - Fillet of sea trout with hispi cabbage and smoked bone marrow (2 notes)
1991 Louis Jadot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Lovely maturing, farmyardy nose, a touch of sousbois starting to develop. Fresh, good grip, a touch of tannin. Mineral. Good depth of fruit. Quite long. Very nice indeed. Proper. Shows far more depth and poise than a sample of Jadot's 88 Ruchottes from the other table. Finer too. Would have benefited from being served in a glass with a
wider bowl ****1/2
Flight 4 - Breast of guinea fowl with aubergine glazed in black sugar and garlic (2 notes)
1983 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal
Full ruby to deep garnet. Slightly bloody, meaty, sweet-fruited nose. Lots of fine sediment. Sweet old syrah fruit, crying out for game. Old fashioned, uncompromising, slightly rustic and very lovely. ****
1990 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal
Almost purple on the rim, this looks far younger than it should. Quite a subdued nose. Very very young. Quite a tannic grip. Needs
years on this showing ***(*?)
Flight 5 - Suckling pig with grilled onions, girolles and truffle (2 notes)
1989 Château Léoville Barton
Quite a full purple-ruby. Savoury character, dry tannins, good structure, needs time. The 78 alongside is a clear favourite for current enjoyment. ***(*)+?
Flight 6 - Sauternes custard with apricot, passion fruit and dried orange (2 notes)
Couldn't have had a better match for the 89 Climens
Flight 7 - Quick Sips from the other table's wines (9 notes)
1982 Château Montrose
Quick sniff and taste from the other table: Very round and full, not a pruney 82. long, full, slightly lactic. Impressive rather than necessarily lovely. Very good indeed. ****1/2 impression
1990 Château Montrose
Quick sniff and taste from the other table: Seemed decent, quite a nice spicy nose but a bit under-powered and lacking cf the 82. ***1/2 to **** impression.
My WOTN from Table 1 was a close run thing but I think the 91 Suchots very closely followed by the 78 Leoville B. But then there was the Raveneau, and the Rose de Jeanne, and the Bolly and the 83 Sorrel. Invidious really to pick one out. Suffice to say it was a very very good selection of wines served in a hard to better setting. Bravo Bryan. I'll hope for another one.
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