Things had started off pretty well, the Blogettes were in good spirits & curiously enough on time, except for Meg, but we shall not go into that now. They enjoyed the first bottling from Evening Land Côte d’Or, a 2008 Pouilly Fuissé that I managed to ‘borrow’ from the US shipment. “Delicious, what’s next ?”.
The Gamay Noir 2008 ‘Celebration’ from Evening Land’s Oregon Vineyard, of course. Just wonderful for an informal gathering, I thought. They agreed.
Then, hoping to fool them, I pulled the Brazilian. What I am referring to is a very accomplished Bordeaux blend called Prelúdio, a 2007 from Marco Danielle in Brazil ! WLW, suffering from jet lag came close to guessing, landing up in Argentina.
Consensus ran high in spite of the struggle surrounding oregin. Marco’s wine, we agreed, has moved Brazil into the playground of the accomplished. Yet another country will be able to serve its own great wines at official functions with total confidence.
I feel that the price & rarety will keep Marco’s wines from our Parisian shelves, at least until we have sorted out the Bankers bonuses in an unsuitable manner.
Things went downhill shortly after 7AM on Friday morning when renovation work began. As the Landmark Wine Bar disappeared in front of my eyes, it became apparent that the historical ovens or range, there where François had launched a good many of the 750,000 dinners served to date, was no more. Mort. To be replaced. Expensively. Rapidly. Ultimately, in a situation like this, it is not the cost, about which, like a hostage, one can do little. It is finding a custom built replacement that can be installed in 10 days. Bon chance !
It will be a couple of weeks before you will be able to get something resembling a glass of wine at Willi’s, but possibly a few days more for anything other than a pot roast, charcuterie & cheese !