What a night! We opened 22 bottles, tasted as many, learnt, ate and laughed until it was too cold and too dark outside to even think about leaving. I did eventually. But only because it was a monday night.
Now, the equation that made it possible = 1 generous invitation from Grains Nobles, Paris + 1 passionate wine maker (Didier Barré from Domaine Berthoumieu) + his sunny southern accent + 11 of his bottles that we tasted respectfully + an after party (5 lovely people + 11 other bottles that we blind-tasted humbly then drank merrily!)
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FWY: we drank a Champagne Pierre Montcuit 2002, a Volnay 1er cru 2007 ’Les Santenots du Milieu’ by Arnaud Ente, a Batard Montrachet 2002 by Louis Jadot, a Pouilly Fuissé ‘Buisson Renard’ by Dagueneau, a Savennières 2001 ‘Clos du Papillon’ from Domaine du Closel , a Sancerre 1998 ‘Les Monts Damnés’ (my favourite), a ‘Les Noëls de Montbenault’ 2008 by Richard Leroy, a Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ’Clos St Jacques’ by Louis Jadot…. plus a selection from Didier Barré’s Domaine Berthoumieu’s best tannat wines