“Bistronomy”, a not-so-classical yet perfect and exciting rendezvous with a young Pomerol wine, for example a Château La Pointe 2012, and a “Salad with Poached Egg, Pata Negra, Vegetables, Truffle Oil and Parmesan.”
Freshness and harmony.
Recipe “Salad with Poached Egg, Pata Negra, Vegetables, Truffle Oil and Parmesan.”
“Gastronomy”, a more traditional, ideal union of a well-matured Pomerol wine, for example a Château La Pointe 2005, with a “Young pigeon cooked in three steps, Grilled Leeks, Smoked Celeriac Purée, reduction sauce.”
Flavour and richness.
Recipe “Young pigeon cooked in three steps, Grilled Leeks, Smoked Celeriac Purée, reduction sauce.”
When the French exclaim “A table !” they are not merely informing us that lunch or dinner is ready…
“The gastronomic meal of the French is a customary social practice for celebrating important moments in lives of individuals and groups, such as births, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, achievements and reunions. It is a festive meal bringing people together for an occasion to enjoy the art of good eating and drinking. The gastronomic meal emphasizes togetherness, the pleasure of taste, and the balance between human beings and the products of nature. Important elements include the careful selection of dishes from a constantly growing repertoire of recipes; the purchase of good, preferably local products whose flavours go well together; the pairing of food with wine; the setting of a beautiful table; and specific actions during consumption, such as smelling and tasting items at the table (…) The gastronomic meal draws circles of family and friends closer together and, more generally, strengthens social ties.”
The text above describing the French gastronomic meal was added to Unesco’s list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.
A vintage is the memory of a given year conserved in a bottle, a story able to travel through time, sometimes decades, waiting for the opportune time to deliver its message. Then, magically, the moment the story is revealed provokes its own new collective memory. Only the greatest wines can bring such emotion over time.
However, if a wine can age this does not mean it must age. The Merlot grape variety, dominant in the best Pomerol wines, offers wines that are round, velvety and smooth in their youth. These young wines can be appreciated for their lovely fresh aromatic notes of black fruit ; cherry, blackberry or wild blueberry. Already enjoyable, they are an excellent match for certain fresh-focused dishes.
Merlot is a very delicate grape variety that suits very few terroirs on the planet. The typical characteristics of the soils and the climate of Pomerol have produced powerful, balanced, silky, fresh wines for centuries. These Merlot-dominated Grands Crus are considered a reference all over the world.