Tour de Bordeaux 2012 Wine Dinner

ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23rd at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at Charivari for a Bordeaux Dinner featuring eleven great red Bordeaux wines from the recently released 2012 vintage. We’ll pair the baker’s dozen wines (including the obligatory starting Champagne and the finishing Sauternes) with Charivari Chef/Owner Johann Schuster’s menu specifically chosen for affinity with these wines.

The Starting Line
White Asparagus Tart Flambé with
Louis Sacy Grand Soir, Champagne, NV

The Limestone Plateau: All Around the Right Bank
Freekeh-stuffed Texas Quail, Verjus reduction with
Ch. Ampelia, Cotes de Castillon, 2012
Ch. Puygueraud, Cotes de Bordeaux – Francs, 2012
Ch. La Croix St. Georges, Pomerol, 2012
Ch. Pavie Macquin, St. Emilion, 2012

A Brief Respite
Lemon Sorbet

The Gravel Flats and Mounds: Down the Medoc
Piedmontese Beef Short Ribs aux Jus over Bramata alla Romana with
Ch. Senejac, Haut Medoc, 2012
Ch. Cantenac Brown, Margaux, 2012
Ch. Leoville Barton, St. Julien, 2012
Ch. Clerc Milon, Pauillac, 2012
Ch. Calon Segur, St. Estephe, 2012

From Pauillac to Pessac
A selection of French Cheeses with
Ch. Pichon Baron de Longueville, Pauillac, 2012
Le Clarence de Haut Brion, Pessac Leognan, 2012

The Finish Line
Chocolate – Panna Cotta & Strawberry Salad
Lions de Ch. Suduiraut, Sauternes, 2012

After a Champagne starter, we’ll progress to the meat of the matter – a tour of four fine reds from the limestone plateau (right bank) will set the 2012 theme while accompanying the roast quail stuffed with parched wheat. We’ll break with a sorbet and then tour down the Haut Medoc (left bank) with five top reds from five appellations. Finally, we’ll tie it up with a sprint from Pauillac to Pessac and cross the finish line in Sauternes

This 2012 Bordeaux dinner will cost $140 per person including a 5% discount for cash or check or $147.37 regular. All taxes and tips are included. For reservations, please reply by email coburnsusan2@gmail.com or call Susan at 713-854-7855. Charivari is located at 2521 Bagby (77006) in Mid-Town Houston.

UPDATED – ANNUAL “MOSTLY CRU CLASSÉ” BORDEAUX TASTING at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice

On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, please join Spec’s as we host 45 Bordeaux chateau owners, directors, and/or winemakers presenting 65 mostly Cru Classé Bordeaux wines all from the 2012 vintage in a walk-around tasting format at the Crystal Ballroom at the Rice. This is our fourth time to host such a delegation from Bordeaux. As each of the last three years’ events were smashing successes, the chateaux are coming back and they are bringing friends – so we will be showing more wines. Please scroll down for the complete list of well-known and highly-regarded chateaux.

The tasting will open at 4:30pm and run until 8:30pm, giving tasters ample time to taste the wines and visit with our guests from Bordeaux. The tasting will include a spread of artisanal cheeses and breads chosen to help absorb the wines and refresh the palate. We will taste from Riedel Degustazione (tasting) glasses. The 2012 Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting will cost $80.00 total per person cash ($84.21 regular). To reserve your spot for this unique Bordeaux Event, please call Marlo at 832-660-0250 or email MarloAmmons@specsonline.com. The Crystal Ballroom at the Rice is located in downtown Houston at 909 Texas Avenue between Travis and Main. Valet Parking will be available.

THE WINES:
Dry Whites: Ch. Martinon (Entre Deux Mers), Carbonnieux, Domaine de Chevalier, and Smith Haut Lafitte (all Pessac Leognan Blanc).
Sweet Whites: Ch. Coutet (Barsac) and Suduiraut (with Lions de Suduiraut – both Sauternes)
Haut Medoc: Camensac, Cantemerle, Chasse Spleen, La Tour Carnet, Mauvesin, and Senejac
Margaux: Chx. Cantenac Brown, Ferriere, Brane Cantenac (and Baron de Brane).
Pauillac: Chx. d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon, Lynch Bages (with Echo de Lynch Bages), Haut Batailley, Grand Puy Lacoste (with Lacoste Borie), Haut Bages Liberal, Pibran, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande (with Reserve de la Comtesse)
Pessac Leognan Rouge: Chx. Carbonnieux, Clos Marsalette, Domaine de Chevalier, Pape Clément and Smith Haut Lafitte
Pomerol: Chx. Clinet, le Croix St. Georges, Gazin, La Pointe (with Pomerol de la Pointe)
St. Emilion: Chx. Grand Corbin Despagne, Berliquet, Canon La Gaffeliere and Clos de l’Oratoire, la Confession, Daugay, Fombrauge, Larcis Ducasse, Pavie MacQuin, and Vieux Clos St. Emilion.
St. Julien: Chx. Branaire Dudru, Gloria and St. Pierre, Hortevie, Langoa-Barton and Leoville-Barton, Leoville-Poyferre, and Talbot
Other Appellations: Chx. le Conseiller, Croix Mouton, and 20 Mille (all Bordeaux), Ampélia and d’Aiguilhe (both Castillon), and Puygueraud (Francs)