We started the evening with the slightly golden 1988 Degorgement Tardiff Champagne from Jacquesson, with some raw prawns with olive oil, pan fried fresh prawns and escargot. The bubbles were very fine, with a very nutty, yeasty, bready and apple-ish aroma that’s pretty much the same on the palate which ended with a long finish.
This was followed by a 1985 Dom Perignon brought by the birthday lady. The extremely golden hues provided a some what apple cider and ripe pear nose though some oxidation was detected as well. It was a pity that the finish was somewhat short but the nutty champagne definitely went down smoothly with the duck terrine and perfectly executed pan fried foie gras.
A bavette steak and a pan fried fresh duck breast accompanied the only red for the night: Groffier’s Clos de Beze 1997 but unfortunately the breast was a tad too raw and had to go back to the pan for just that extra touch. The wine was still quite young with a deep ruby core, exhibiting fresh red fruits, red flowers, violets and perhaps even a touch of pomegranate on the nose layered by smells of earth and mushrooms. On the palate it was pleasing with lots of red fruits, spices and excellent acidity. Smokey, a little herbaceous and ended with a slight bitterness that was prominent in its somewhat medium finish.
Some calvadoes, rhum and a couple of extra bottles of bubblies later, we finally called it a night and staggered out to the streets to grab a cab home. Needless to say, we were all quite
drunk high but satiated 🙂 I wasn’t even sure if I could wake up for a Sunday brunch a few hours later!