Sunday, 16 January 2011

MORE MIDI MOMENTS

Friends gave us a black truffle. The aroma is overpowering, earthy and sensuous and to my mind the only thing to do with it is shave it over some eggs in an omelette. And what do you drink with a truffle? It has to be Pinot Noir, the farmyard notes of the truffle compliment the perfumed savoury character of the wine. The best Pinot Noir in the Languedoc comes from Domaine de Clovallon, but we didn’t choose Catherine’s top wine, her Pomarèdes, but her young, more simple Pinot Noir, the 2009 vintage, with some lovely fresh raspberry fruit. It complimented the egg and the truffle perfectly.

A few days later we had another Midi moment, this time with Catherine. She had invited us for dinner – first of all a magnum of Sangiovese di Romagna from Fattoria Zerbina, a lovely unusual choice, especially in the Languedoc, and then her friend Nicole had made a chocolate mousse to die for. It was feather light and deliciously rich, and Catherine served 2000 Mas Amiel, Maury. This estate is one of the most articulate exponents of wine with chocolate arguing that their vintage wines, with their red berry fruit and hints of liquorice provide a perfect accompaniment. And last Saturday it did.

3 comments:

michelecolline said...

We drank Cahors with our truffle and eggs although we were IN Cahors at the time. Which sangiovese from Zerbina? She makes at least three. Just curious. We're going to be in Maury in May, can't wait!

Rosemary George MW said...

Pietramore - you are obviously much better informed about Zerbina than I am, though I hope to remedy that omission at a tasting in Faenza in February. Enjoy Maury - try and go to Mas Amiel - and the coop shop offers a good tasting - cheerful restaurant opposite, with lots of local bottles.

Rosemary George MW said...

Pietramore - you are obviously much better informed about Zerbina than I am, though I hope to remedy that omission at a tasting in Faenza in February. Enjoy Maury - try and go to Mas Amiel - and the coop shop offers a good tasting - cheerful restaurant opposite, with lots of local bottles.