I normally try to keep this blog of the moment, but I’ve been busy of late, and I have lots to include. So I need to mention, after the fact, Thursday night’s dinner at Francis and Bronwen Percival’s place.
It was another gathering of the convenors of the London Gastronomy Seminars. I love these meetings, because as well as some planning for future meetings, we get to eat, drink and chat well, courtesy of Francis and Bronwen’s gastronomic genius.
One of the highlights was a terrine from Donald (above), a pig reared by Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. This makes it at the very least a premier cru terrine. It was rich and beautifully textured.
I really enjoyed the wines.
Domaine Huet Vouvray Petillant Brut 2002 Loire
Apparently this has no liqueur de tirage, and the dosage is a moelleux wine. Deep coloured yellow/gold. Really intense, powerful wine with herb, cheese and straw notes as well as sweet melon and apricot notes, finishing with lovely citrus acidity. Complex and savoury. A really complete sparkling wine. 94/100
Georges Laval Cumieres Rouge 1er Cru 2008 Coteaux Champenois
11.5% alcohol. Fresh and assertive with some mineral and spice notes as well as gravel and bright cherry fruit. Fresh and intense. This is just ripe, with sweet and savoury cherry fruit and mineral notes. 92/100
Niepoort Colheita Port 1991
Brilliant stuff. Intense, rich, spicy and dense with profound spicy, casky notes, as well as citrus and apricot fruit. Fine and expressive with lovely warmth and richness. A serious effort. 94/100