I met an American man travelling with his son who had said before the trip that he would be happy to attend one of my dinners.
I prepared a dinner specially for him and his son (with other guests of course), and he announced : "I will bring a magnum of Haut-Brion white 1949". This was so generous that I decided to add to the dinner one of my Cyprus 1845 that I love so much.
The dinner was excellent.
This American friend announced recently : I would like to attend another dinner with my son.
So, I considered that this should be a dinner not within my structure but a familial dinner, and I said : I invite you and your sons (2) at home with my children too.
And he announced that he would come with a magnum of Krug 1976, and with two Laville Haut-Brion white 1947.
So, I told him that I would have to see in my cellar what could be opened on that day.
I have already told that one of the greatest moments for me is when I choose the wines, as I try to figure how my guests will enjoy the dinner.
And I try to do it by instinct.
In this case, I thought of the children. I would be happy if they remember this dinner for their entire life.
I should say that I have asked my friend who cooks so well to make the dinner at my home.
I chose first a Chateau Chalon Clos des Logaudes 1864. This is my oldest Jura wine, and I had decided that I would open it this year. This is a marvellous opportunity to do it.
Then I chose a Vouvray d’origine 1929, an enigmatic taste for a 1929 as it hesitates between a dry wine and a sweet wine. It is something unbelievable. No producer, no label, but a fantastic wine. The name is printed by burning letters on individual wood boxes.
Then I chose a Gewurztraminer SGN Hugel 1934 as it is probably the best year ever in Alsace
Then I chose Pétrus 1971 as I consider that 1971 was a magic year for Pomerols.
Now it was time to choose a sweet wine. I have such a nice memory of Filhot 1929 which was spectacular, so I chose this wine.
So, the provisory program for this dinner is :
– Magnum Krug 1976
– Vouvray d’origine 1929
– 2 Laville Haut-Brion white 1947
– Pétrus 1971
– Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles Hugel 1934
– Château Chalon Clos des Logaudes 1864
– Château Filhot 1929
Normally one or two wines should be added in the reds category. We will see.
This should be a nice dinner (on April 22nd at my home, the day before my birthday).
Choosing the wines is one of my greatest pleasures.