Sunday, April 19, 2009

6 hour Burgundy Lunch at Je Suis Gourmand..

This was the first of our Wine themed lunches, even before Pepato, but I am only posting it now a few weeks after. We were the usual suspects: Noel, Rene, Jojo, Jay, Laraine and myself. The theme was Burgundy so a special Menu was prepared by Marc Aubry that would match the wines that we brought. We started with some Bubbly that Rene brought: Sieur D'Arques Aimery Cremant de Limoux Grand Cuvee 1531 Brut. A fresh Bubbly fom LanguedociRousillon Region for France. I brought a Bottle of 2006 Domaine Rimbault Pouilly Fume, but we decided not to open it as we had too many wines already.

For starters, we had: Salad with Magret du Canard and Pan Seared Foie Gras. Slices of Magret with the Foie Gras was heavenly, and the lettuce and tomatoes gave it a good crisp and a sensation of lightness...(of course who am I kidding??)..... With this we had Jojo's bottle of 2004 Maison Leroy Bourgogne. It was typical Burgundy, with 100% Pinot Noir. It was quite light and was a good match to our salad.

The we had: Cream of Watercress and Frogs Legs Soup. The soup was very light even if it was a cream. The Frogs legs were already deboned so it was much easier to eat. With the Soup we did not have any wine, but I'm sure a nice white would have gone well with this dish.

For our Main course, March prepared: Duo of Roasted Veal Kidney and veal Loin. Equal amounts Veal Loin and Kidney were on our plate, with some Roesti. I enjoyed the Veal but did not eat much of the Kidney, since I had just had a Gout attack and was try to avoid another one...

With this we brought out the big guns: 2002 Domaine des Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots du Milieu Premier Cru, 2001 Domaine Daniel Rion Clos Vougeot Grand Cru and toward the end we opened Jays Bottle, a 1999 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St Georges Premier Cru Les Damodes. I enjoyed N's wine (Clos Vougeot) since I tried it in a Dinner we had in Lemuria the week before, and wanted to enjoy it more. Definitely I enjoyed it specially with the Veal and Kidney.

For dessert, we had Strawberry Mille-Feuille, and with that we had 2 sweet wines: 1988 Ch√Ęteau Lafaurie-Peyraguey and a 2005 Peller Estates Oak Aged Icewine. Both were half bottles. It was my first time to try an Ice Wine, and comparing both of them, I would say the Ice wine was not as sweet as the Sauternes.

We stayed on for some espresso while Jojo and Laraine had to leave. We ended up staying til almost 6 PM with coffee and complimentary glasses of green Chartreuse. A very enjoyable lunch which I hope we can have again soon....


Chinkee said...

Oh wow! That duo of veal kidney and veal loin looks delicious. Is it on the regular menu?

Noel said...

Hi, Chinkee.

I think Mig left today for Italy, so allow me to answer in his stead.

No, it isn't. Around a week previous to the lunch, I told Marc we would be bringing red Burgundies and asked him to design the menu.

I'd imagine he can easily whip it up if you give him a day or two's notice. The ingredients shouldn't be difficult to source.