BORDEAUX TRIO Dinner on October 19th At the new Houston Club

On Monday October 19th at 7pm, please join Spec’s in welcoming a trio from Bordeaux in Stephan von Niepperg (Ch. Canon La Gaffeliere as well as Ch. d’Aiguilhe and Clos de l’Oratoire), Patrick Maroteau (Ch. Branaire Ducru), and Ludovic Frandin (Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte) to Houston for a Bordeaux Trio Dinner at the new Houston Club featuring wines from these great properties and Houston Club chef Doug George’s wine-friendly menu.

Aperitif: Passed Daikon Lobster Rolls / Rosemary Ginger Aioli
Toasted Almond & Parmigiano Crostini
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc 2012   

1st: Silky Leek & Red Wine Soup with Gruyere Croutons
Ch. d’Aiguilhe, Castillon,  2009
Duluc de Branaire, St. Julien, 2006

2nd: Alder Wood Smoked Moulard Duck Breast / Baby Arugula / Shaved Fennel / Dried Cherry Gastrique
Clos de l’Oratoire, St. Emilion,  2012
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge 2012
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2012

3rd: Grilled Venison Chop / Creamy Blue Corn Grits / Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Ch. Canon la Gafelliere, St. Emilion, 2011
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac Leognan, 2011
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2011

Cheese: Artisan Cheeses
Ch. Canon la Gafelliere, St. Emilion, 2006
Ch. Smith Haut Lafitte Rouge, Pessac Leognan, 2006
Ch. Branaire Ducru, St. Julien, 2006

Dessert: Bittersweet Chocolate Raspberry Terrine / Honey Truffle / Chocolate Dipped Grapes

This unique Bordeaux Trio Dinner will cost $185 per person all inclusive.

For reservations, contact Susan at 713-854-7855 or

The Houston Club is located on the 49th floor of One Shell Plaza (910 Louisianna, 77002).
Gentlemen are requested to wear a Jacket and Tie.


CalonSegurSixteen Wines – Four Chateaux – Four Verticals
d’Armailhac – Branaire Ducru – Calon Segur – Cantenac Brown

On Tuesday, November 4 at 7pm, please join me (Spec’s fine wine buyer Bear Dalton) at the Wine School at l’Alliance Française for a unique Bordeaux tasting featuring four verticals from four great Haut Medoc chateaux: Ch. d’Armailhac in Pauillac, Ch. Branaire Ducru in St. Julien, Ch. Calon Segur in St. Estephe, and Ch. Cantenac Brown in Margaux We will taste the 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 vintages from each of these properties.

BranaireDucruThis is the second in a series of vertical tastings where we look at four vintages of four top wines. I think it will be fun and informative. The cost of this unique tasting will be $100.00 per person (Cash or Check) or $105.26 regular. The class will meet at 7pm on Tuesday November 4, 2014. To reserve your spot for this four-week class, please contact Marlo Ammons at 832-660-0250 or

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).