Hospice Auction Wine Night

Samish Hill, Bellingham, WA
Tasted Saturday, November 20, 2021 by WST with 54 views

Introduction

We host several food and wine events at our home, to the highest bidders at various charity events. We try to include classic pairings, and food and wine the suitable for both novices and aficionados. This was a particularly generous donor who also loves wine, so deep in the cellar we journeyed!

Flight 1 - Champagne welcome! (3 Notes)

Started with excellent charcuterie and cheese, then halibut ceviche and scallop ceviche. The 1522 was sabered for the entertainment value

  • 1998 Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Cuvée Rare

    France, Champagne

    This was an outstanding magnum. Served too cold, it blossomed with air and warmth. Less doughy and exuberant than the 2002, but possessing more charm and elegance. A kaleidoscope of scents and flavors; citrus, apricot, brioche, fruit blossoms and more. A little reduction. This will last for decades.

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  • 2006 Philipponnat Champagne Premier Cru Cuvée 1522 Rosé Brut

    France, Champagne, Champagne Premier Cru

    Sabered for fun. My last bottle of this, and another good one. Savory, with strawberry, kumquat, and spice. Most wines from Philipponnat seem to mature slowly, but this one was primed.

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  • NV Egly-Ouriet Champagne Grand Cru VP

    France, Champagne, Champagne Grand Cru

    I love the VP Vieillissement Prolongé. Intense, and both zesty and creamy. Blood orange and other smokey citrus. The 82 months on the lees shows in the nose and palate, and the oak aging on the texture. I love the mouthfeel of this wine. In fact, I love almost everything about this wine.

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Flight 2 - Oysters and Muscadet (1 Note)

Three dozen kumomotos and kushis, fresh horseradish and lemon; outstanding. I love Pepiere's Briords, showing folks world class can be found for a low tariff.

Flight 3 - Sauternes and Foie Gras (1 Note)

I used to sear fresh foie gras, but the terrine eases my time in the kitchen. I also suggested trying the Suduiraut with some nice blue cheeses.

  • 2001 Château Suduiraut

    France, Bordeaux, Sauternais, Sauternes

    I've said it before (and I'll say a many more times as I own a lot of this wine); Suduiraut crushed the 2001 vintage. So lively, focused, and light on its feet for a sticky, but full of flavors and character. Honeyed botrytis, marmalade and cardamom. Perfect with a terrine of foie gras.

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Flight 4 - Random red and rosé (2 Notes)

Not everyone is as enthralled with Champagnes and Whites as us, so I was prepared.

  • 2006 Marc Sorrel Hermitage Le Gréal

    France, Rhône, Northern Rhône, Hermitage

    We weren't planning to serve any reds until later in the night. However, some of the guests looked daunted by all the champagne, whites and sauternes, so down to the cellar we went. This is a forward, flavorful Northern Rhone, mostly dominated by dark berries, but some fun cured meat and herbs. It did the trick.

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  • 2016 Château Le Puy Francs Côtes de Bordeaux Rose-Marie

    France, Bordeaux, Libournais, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux

    A really delicious wine. One of the guests wanted a rosé, and this is a bottle that impresses novices and geeks equally. Very bold, grippy, unusual and complex that if served blind and warmer, could be mistaken for a red.

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Flight 5 - Perigord Truffles and Nebbiolo (2 Notes)

The white truffles this year have been of disappointing quality, yet the prices are high. I elected to go with the first winter black truffles of the year. While they're far from peak, I was very happy with the quality and flavor.

  • 1964 Ceretto Barolo Riserva

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barolo

    The first black winter perigord truffles of the year, and the generosity of the donors called for a nice old nebbiolo. I had stood this up months ago, and it decanted perfectly clear using a decanting stand six hours before serving. It's remarkable fresh for a 57 year old. Beautiful old nebbiolo nose, but some sneaky fruit remains on the scents and flavors. Mostly herbal earth, tar, and mushrooms, plus some sweet red fruit.

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  • 2008 Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco Riserva Ovello

    Italy, Piedmont, Langhe, Barbaresco

    A perfect comparison, complement and contrast to the '64 Ceretto. Also good with the perigord truffles. Classic tar and rose, dark red and black fruit. I should have decanted longer than an hour; it's still a youngster. Good energy and concentration, another winner tonight.

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Flight 6 - More champagne (of course) (1 Note)

  • 2006 Billecart-Salmon Champagne Cuvée Nicolas-François Billecart

    France, Champagne

    Well, we had finished the other wines and weren't ready for dessert, so what it one to do? Anyone who knows me can predict the answer: more Champagne! I really love this cuvee. The '06 doesn't quite reach the current heights of the '02, but maybe it will in time. A delicious, energetic, deep champagne. The last sip was the best, a sign of good things to come

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Flight 7 - Port wine and Stilton Cheese (1 Note)

We typically end with this pairing, and managed to finish the entire 750.

  • 1963 Warre Porto Vintage

    Portugal, Douro, Porto

    Served with a beautiful stilton cheese. The ugliest of bottles, cloudy with no label, and a despicable cork that challenged even the Durand. I managed to remove all of the fragments from the neck with the worm and a flashlight, and the decanting stand once again proved its worth. Clear, pale ruby with ample amber edges. Very light bodied considering its genus. Dried red fruits, spice, chocolate. More delicate and seemingly less sweet than a typical VP. Elegant; even Marybeth, who describes most sweet wines as cough syrup, could drink a sip without a grimace. Everyone else (including me) loved it.

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Closing

Another fun night, and for a great cause. It was like a kid's soccer game; every wine deserved a medal; not a dud to be found. Champagne centric, because that's what we love, but enough variety to keep everyone happy and gratified. Cheers!

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