Tonight I had the privilege of attending a very special dinner tonight. My friend had decided to celebrate a big birthday with two other ladies, and planned a big bash at Amuse Bouche. One of the highlights of the bash was to be a blind tasting game, whether a selection of Bordeaux First Growths would be served and we would have to guess their identities. I was, of course, very grateful to my friend for her kind invitation... and dutifully put together an ensemble that roughly complied with the "black tie" dress code.
I knew I would have a good time the minute the doors of the elevator opened. Someone had put together a playlist for the evening, and Vienna from Ultravox was playing. That set the tone for the rest of the evening, and with the exception of a couple of WTF songs from the likes of One Direction - no doubt catering to the taste of the kiddies in their own play room - the music rarely strayed.
We started with some Champagne as we waited for everyone to arrive. To make sure that there was enough for the 40-odd guests, my friend brought out a methuselah of 1995 Dom Pérignon. Big nose of toast with some yeasty notes. Very lively on the palate, rounded with some maturity, but also very good acidity.
Then it was time to sit down for dinner. This was when we started getting served from the second methuselah - 2010 Henri Boillot Corton-Charlemagne. Big and toasty nose, plenty of oak here, with lemon citrus notes. Ripe on the palate with acidity on the finish. Very metallic and mineral after some caviar. After 2 hours, really opened up very well. A beautiful wine.