This winter has been extraordinarily cold in Southwest Virginia so a warm fire in a cozy kitchen surrounded by good friends, truffles and champagne was especially welcoming.
We toasted the evening with…
NV André Clouet Champagne 1911
Only 1911 bottles of this Champagne are made each year.
Each bottle is numbered by hand. My bottle number 224 and it was disgorged on April 4, 2016.
Produced in the Bouzy village in the Champagne region (the village name is pronounced “Boozy” which tickles me!) with 100% Grand Cru Bouzy and Ambonnay Pinot Noir grapes by winemaker Jean-Francois Clouet.
Cuvée 1911 commemorates the year riots broke out in the Champagne region as the local farmers rebelled against the larger houses. The bottle is wrapped in straw, the same way Jean-Francois Clouet’s great grandfather delivered the champagne to Maxim’s in Paris, France in 1911.
Bottle wrapped in straw makes for a fun conversation piece. We found this bubbly to be an “upside surprise”. Consistent tiny bubbles that danced around my flute. Elegant and smooth with a fine mousse. Notes of hazelnuts, lightly toasted brioche and just a touch of ripe pear. This champagne is reminiscent of the Bollinger style. André Clouet uses an old Champagne tradition which blends multiple vintages together, in this case 2005, 2002, 2000 vintages were blended together to create this fabulous champagne. $100 range.
…accompanied by Beef Tenderloin and Gratin Dauphinois Appetizer Spoons. (topped with horseradish cream sauce and fresh thyme sprigs) Gratin Dauphinois are classic French Potatoes Baked in whipping cream with grated gruyere cheese. These fabulous potatoes remind me of a very rich variation of scalloped potatoes. Here’s a link to Julia Child’s recipe for Gratin Dauphinois:
White Truffle Imported From Italy
Perfect Pasta ~ Porcini Mushroom And White Truffle Fettucine
Azelia Barolo Bricco Fiasco 2004. Italian Barolo. Earthy spices, smoky tobacco, chocolate, orange peel, black cherries, sweet prunes, slight vanilla oak. Great balance and terrific acidity that paired perfectly with the pasta.
And to top off the evening…
Michel Turgy Champagne ~ Blanc de Blancs ~ 100% Chardonnay from the Grand Cru of Mesnil, the same village that brought us Salon, Krug Clos de Mesnil and Launois. Well balanced with citrus and pastry aromas.
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