BEST. WINE. DINNER. EVER.
So. Me and the boys (that would be Richard Malphrus, James Barlow, and Robert Boyd, all of Spec’s) were invited to a dinner at Ch. Batailley celebrating the launch of the new 2nd wine of Ch. Batailley – Lions de Batailley. Ok. These folks – the Castejas and their manager Noel Richard – have been friends for a long time and I love the wines of Ch. Batailley (a fifth classified growth Pauillac) so saying yes was a no-brainer. Also, I have been in the cellar at Batailley so I know that there is a wealth of older vintages available to serve at a special dinner. I envisioned 2010, 2009, 2005, 2000, 1995, 1990, and maybe 1982 with traditional Bordelaise food. That would have been a great line up with fine food. But no. Try Ch. Batailley 1881, 1900, 1904, 1929, 1949, 1945, 1961, 1982, 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2010 plus Ch. D’Yquem 2007 plus Michelin-three-star food (and that doesn’t even include the 2002 Pol Roger from Magnum as the aperitif wine). Philippe Casteja raided his cellar for these stunning vintages and hired Chef Michel Gerard of Michelen thee star restaurant Les Pres de Eugenie (in Eugenie les Bains) to come to Bordeaux to cook a five course meal including an obscene amount of truffles incorporated into the first four courses. I have never had better food and I have never had a better, more consistently excellent selection of wines. in addition, the pairing of the wines in multi vintage flights with the food was brilliant. I am stingy with 100 point scores but I will allow that at least 8 and maybe 9 of these wines warranted 100 point scores. And the other 3 0r 4 deserved scores of 95 or more. ALL of the wines improved in the glass. The first bottle of 1900 was corked. Too bad, so sad? No. They opened another bottle which turned out to be brilliant. All in all, a legendary evening.
Below is a photo of my comments. Below that is a photo of the menu. And below that is a photo of the tech sheet on the wines (none of which had ever left the cellars of Ch. Batailley).
My comments on the wines:
Le Menu (Hope you can read French)
Just the Facts M’am.
Proof of Concept:
Utterly Stunning. Great Wines with Great Food. I have never eaten better. I may be ruined. The food and wine bar is now impossibly high.
Oh. And the Lions de Batailley turned out pretty good, too.
Merci Noel. Merci Philippe.