Thursday was one of the most epic tasting I have ever been a part of in a good long while.  We tasted some wonderful wines paired by famed chef Sharon Hage. Not only did the food match the wine perfectly but each brought out subtle nuances in each other which is the ultimate compliment when dealing with food and wine pairings.

Photo by Loc Truong

Photo by Loc Truong

We started with a 1969 Dom Perignon Oenotheque that I thought was fantastic. The wine was still fresh and showing some great citrus notes while retaining the complex bready notes. After that we moved on to a magnum of 1985 Dom Perignon Rose. This is one hard bottle to find, not many large formats are around from 85 and a rose is even harder to get a hold of. The fruit was sweet and stood out over the elegant effervescence, I filled up my glass with this one and enjoyed it over several hours…

Next we moved into a white – 1996 Leroy Corton Charlemagne. The wine was shouting minerality with tropical sweet fruit and a great balance overall. This is a stunning wine but I think with another 3-5 years it will be knock out! Finally to the reds, we popped a 1969 Roumier Bonnes Mares that started out a little dull but after 40 min in the glass the wine exploded! Served with a truffle pasta this was my favorite pairing of the night. Sticking with the 1969 theme we next served a 1969 Delas Hermitage which was wonderful full of earthy aromas and subtle meant notes.

Now for the main course, a 1964 Petrus. This wine was everything that we were hoping for with elegant earthy tones and still vibrant fruit the wines was drinking stunningly. Last but not least was a bottle of 1933 Broadbent Madera made by Bartholomew, son of the famous Michael Broadbent. The wines was full of wall nuts and almonds with a light finished that lingered on the palate for almost a full minute.