Little did I know that we had yet another Michelon Star regional dinner lined up for us at La Ciboulette, Beaune. Not as formal as our Epernay dinner, but the group still cleaned up quite nicely. The restaurant had a cosy and welcoming décor with accents of a charming bright greens in their tableware.
By now we knew the drill, everyone picked one of two options for entrée, mains and deserts, whilst two people also selected the wine for the table. Annie and I were up to select a wine to pair with the entrees.
Our criteria was:
- Less than 60 Euro per bottle
- Must be white
- Must be from the region
- Must be good
Browsing through the menu, Annie and I remembered a matter we had discussed just the day before. We were drinking Mersault wines in Burgundy and noticed that we had only tried the 2013 and 2015. Well what about the 2014? Was 2014 a more premium vintage that the vineyard did not want to share with us? Was it inferior? Or was it lacking depth?
Well to settle the case, and in an experimental frame of mind, we selected the 2014 Mersault to complete our palatal experience of this varietal and how delightful it was. The wine was extremely fruitful on the nose, medium bodied and was absolutely a wine that I would purchase again.
Another interesting thing occurred whereby we had ordered two of the exact same bottle, from the same vintage however, they tasted quite different and neither of which were tainted. The latter bottle smelt fresher on the nose with more minerality in the taste.
French food has yet to disappoint. For the entrée I ordered I some kind of crustacean leg, followed by a fish main that we were unable to translate the species of, and a chocolate medley dessert.