Each year, we organize a pull-out-all-the-stops Burgundy dinner to celebrate one or more of the very special producers we work with. This year, for the first time, we had it at 2941 to feature the wines of Domaine Thibert and Lamy Pillot, and a memorable night it was!
Wines from one of the Macon’s best, Domaine Thibert, kicked off the evening. With a series of delectable passed hors d’oeuvres, we enjoyed the 2011 Vielles Vignes. It struck just the right balance between richness and freshness – the perfect aperitif wine. It was tough to pick a favorite pre-dinner snack, but the zucchini fritters won out by a narrow margin. Zucchini and mint are both excellent partners to this wine – something to keep in mind at the farmers’ market this weekend!
With a beautiful piece of poached salmon, we had two different vintages of Dom Thibert Pouilly Fuisse Les Champs: 2007 and 2010. The 2007 was all unctuous richness, while the 2010 was showing only a fraction of its true potential. While the 2010 was great against the dense salmon, the 2007 was what really had everyone talking. One to drink now, and one to cellar – a perfect pair!
With crispy crab wrapped in pastry and delicately scented with vanilla, we moved onto the wines of Lamy-Pillot. Dueling Chassagne-Montrachets complemented this course: the 2011 Pot Bois, and the 2010 1er Cru Caillerets. Both wines had the richness and power to stand up to the crab and vanilla flavors, where many wines would have turned thin and acrid.
Squab with some delicious gnocchi, perfectly crisped, was served with the final two wines, a pair of reds from Lamy-Pillot. The 2009 St. Aubin Rouge had the chalky minerality and toothsome tannins that remind you that some Pinot Noirs really can pair with steak! The Chassagne-Montrachet Rouge Clos St. Jean 2009 showed off the fleshy ripeness of the 2009 vintage in a flattering, elegant way. Full of dark, sappy fruit, this wine defied the reputation that Chassagne rouge has for sometimes being a bit thin or lacking in fruit.
A light (mercifully!) goat cheese panna cotta finished the evening, but we couldn’t leave before Olivier and Daniel Cadot of Lamy-Pillot led us all in a traditional Burgundian song.
Thanks to the hard work of sommelier Jonathan Schuyler and chef Bertrand Chemel of 2941 for their impeccable food and service, to Olivier Daubresse for bringing Christophe Thibert of Domaine Thibert and Daniel Cadot of Lamy-Pillot to us for this special evening, and to Lauren Rittermann for her gorgeous photos.