Eleven-Eight-Nine-Ten Bordeaux Dinner at Charivari

At 7pm on Thursday, May 14th, please join me, Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton, at Charivari for a fun and delicious look at wine from Bordeaux paired with the fine cooking of Chef Johann Schuster.  As always, we’ll start with Champagne after which we will go directly to two Sauternes (both from 2011, a great Sauternes vintage) paired with one of the best fish dishes being served in Houston these days and then to the reds. And what reds? First a group of fine 2008s with the grilled beef, then two of those same chateaux in the great 2009 vintage with the cheese, and finally the same two chateaux again in the great 2010 vintage with the dessert. Favorite wines from “Eleven-Eight-Nine-Ten” paired with favorite foods.Grand_Puy_Lacoste1

Walleye Pike Quenelles
Henriot Brut Rosé, Champagne, NV

Spiced Smoked-Miso-Maple-glazed Sable Fish Fillet,
Julienne Vegetables, and Sauternes Foam
Ch. Doisy Vedrines, Sauternes, 2011
Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2011

Beet Sorbet

Zabuton (Flat Iron) Steak with Beef Marrow Butter and Roasted Potatoes
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2008
Ch. Canon la Gaffeliere, St. Emilion, 2008
Ch. Gruaud Larose, St. Julien, 2008
Ch. Rauzan Segla, Margaux, 2008
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2008

A selection of French Cheeses
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2009
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2009

Swiss Chocolate-Chipotle Tart
Ch. la Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2010
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2010

This unique Bordeaux dinner will cost $180 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $189.47 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2010

On Monday, May 11th at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2010. Considered by many to be the best of the three great vintages of the 2000s, 2010 in any case belongs in the discussion. Discussion will include details of the vintage and how the wines are developing. We’ll taste through 12 excellent red wines (including the “2nd wines” of two first growths), all from 2010 vintage.

The line up:
Ch. Ampelia, Cotes de Bordeaux  Castillon, 2010
Dom de l’Eglise, Pomerol, 2010
Gravette de Certan, Pomerol, 2010
Ch. Trottevieille, St. Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé,  2010
Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, 2010
Ch. Pontoise Cabarrus, Haut Medoc, 2010
Ch. Cantenac Brown, Margaux, 2010
Pavillon Rouge du Ch. Margaux, Margaux, 2010
Ch. Gruaud Larose, St. Julien, 2010
Ch. Batailley, Pauillac, 2010
Ch. Grand Puy Lacoste, Pauillac, 2010
Ch. Calon Segur, St. Estephe, 2010

This Vintage Focus on Bordeaux 2010 will cost $120.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $126.32 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Monday, May 11, 2015 at l’Alliance Française. To reserve your spot, please contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or coburnsusan2@gmail.com.

L’Alliance Française is the French cultural center in Houston. Located at 427 Lovett Blvd., l’Alliance is on the southeast corner of Lovett and Whitney (one block south of Westheimer and two blocks east of Montrose).