Old Treassures – Once in a lifetime! experience

Christine Rudman, a friend of ours and CWM invited Cathy (another CWM) & Philip (from Platter) van Zyl, the legendary Dave Hughes, Christian Eedes (soon ex-WINE Magazine), Fiona McDonald (Freelance writer), Ann & Pieter Ferreira to her home to what one can describe as the tasting  “once in a lifetime” and at the same time as an incredible spoil. An opportunity that maybe only bestowed upon you once!

Christine has an incredible cellar and a generous personality and she treated us to an amazing experience and together with her long standing friend Frieda van der Merwe (from the once famous Frieda’s Restaurant) cooking for us in the kitchen.

Here follows the evening:

Aperitif: Blini’s with fresh salmon, creme fraische and tarragon

  • Champagne Perrier-Jouet – Blason de France NV (prestige cuvee) –                I would say from the mid 80’s – “Lots of brioche, buttered almonds with lime undertones. lazy bubble but a classic old Champagne flavours and long finish”
  • Champagne Krug Rose NVBought in December 1987 which will means that it is a bottling from at least 1982 – “Colour more amber and have lost the Rose complexion but beautiful structure, rich with some cinnamon spice and some roasty, toasty notes. Great finish”

Starter: Salad of rocket, grilled savoury peach with ham and mustard vinaigrette.

  • Schlumberger Ketterle-Traminer 1981 from Alsace –                                       “Fresh squeezed litchi with some apricot and mineral tones. Still fresh acidity and a touch of dryness on the finish”
  • Moulin Touchais 1947 (from J Touchais) Doue la Fontaine-Anjou, Loire –                                                                                                                                                     YES !!!!! a 1947  “Must be one of my most special moments in my tasting career. Gold liquid amber with some orange rind and honeysuckle. Reminded me of some older Jura wines but this Chenin Blanc will be in-bedded in my memory”

Fish: Steamed Salmon with asparagus served on a Broccoli mash with a horseradish sause.

  • Domaine Comte de  Lefon – Clos de la Barre – Meursault 1989, Burgundy Golden deep straw with hints of mineral tones. Some nougat and almond flavour. Dried apricot and finishes with some savoury notes”
  • Domaine Jacques Prieur – Clos de Mazeray – Meursault 1995, Burgundy Lime and mineral notes with a developed colour, more so that the previous – Some nutty aromas and we thought it was over it’s best”

Main Course: Coq au Vin with mushrooms serve on Polenta

  • Chateau Ausone 1966 – Saint Emillion, Bordeaux Gorgeous bright in colour with still hints of cherry with lead pencil flavours good structure. Firm but subtle tannins with a long textured finish – Most memorable as it is a special vintage”
  • Domaine F&L Saier – Clos des Lambrays Grand Cru 1988, Burgundy “very vibrant colour, strawberry touch of forest floor. The palate little dry but nice mixed of savoury and tannin texture”
  • Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1981, Pauillac, Bordeaux “Classic left bank not a great vintage. Little nervous but good tomato cocktail mix with hints of tobacco spice and velvet tannin on the finish”

Cheese: Gruyere, Camembert and Blue

  • Rudesheimer Berg Schlofsberg 1976 – Riesling Spatlese – Rheingau, Germany “Little oily but like the viscosity. Good orange rind with subtle notes of botrytis – Stood well up to the cheese”Some litchi flavour and good orange rind with subtle notes of botrytis – Stood well up to the cheese”
  • Deinhard Destricher Doosberg 1976 – Riesling Spatslese – Rheingau, Germany Some litchi flavour and good orange rind with subtle notes of botrytis – Stood well up to the cheese”

Dessert: Panacotta with Tangerine & Syrup

  • Chateau d’Yquem 1959 – Sauternes, Bordeaux “Incredible for it’s age good botrytis concentration with lots of honey and floral pear drop. Good oily viscosity – unbelievable!”
  • Vinzergenoffenchaft 1976 Lumburg – Rheinpfalz, Germany Dark, dark caramel colour.  Sweeter concentration than the Yquem but nice viscosity and botrytis flavour”

Before coffee:

  • Ferreira Vintage Port 1960 – Porto, Portugal It was a year that Port did not declare a vintage but some Port houses did bottle a vintage. This wine had to be decanted as the cork crumbled as we try to remove the cork! “Bright brick in colour, certainly not ‘dead’. No dried out character with elegant almond nutty aromas with a velvety silky texture. Well cellared and a port as pretty as old as i am – wow very special!”


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