a dinner to come with Pétrus 47, Lafleur 47, Moët 1911 and many others
With the permission of Jeff, I will mention one of my upcoming dinners. It is a unique event which could be of interest for some of you.
First I will mention the circumstances, the wines, and then the philosophy of such events.
The dinner will be held in Chateau de Saran on November 17. This castle belongs to Moët & Chandon and they use it to receive important people. I will host a dinner with representatives of Moët and Dom Pérignon, with my wines, and the champagnes will come from the cellars of Moët and of Dom Pérignon.
The champagnes are not yet decided but Richard Geoffroy who will attend the dinner, has already said that we would drink the legendary Moët 1911, the greatest year ever in champagne of the 20th century.
This is the list of wines for this dinner, the champagnes not yet decided are with two stars :
Champagne Moët & Chandon or Dom Pérignon magnum **
Champagne Dom Pérignon **
Hermitage blanc La Tour Blanche Jaboulet Vercherre 1947
Château Mouton d'Armaillac Pauillac 1947
Château L'Angélus Saint-Emilion 1947
Château Lafleur Pomerol 1947
Pétrus Pomerol 1947
Château Latour Pauillac 1947
Château Lafite-Rothschild 1947
Another champagne **
Château Latour Pauillac 1947
Gevrey-Chambertin R. Vinzent négociant 1947
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Réserve des Chartres 1947
Champagne Moët & Chandon 1911
Vin de Paille Jean Bourdy 1947
Red Port Collection Massandra 1947
Vin de Chypre 1845
Champagne final **
Latour 1947 is mentioned two times, because on one course it will be with a Lafite and on another course with a Gevrey.
Concerning the philosophy. I have constituted a cellar which has so many wines, that never in my life I could drink all. Even in multiplying the invitations of friends. As I do not want to sell the wines that I bought, I have created a structure which sells dinners. I open my collection to people who want to live some rare moments as this one.
The program also includes a visit of the cellars of Moët, the dinner and the night and breakfast in the castle!
You can contact me by writing at francois.audouze @ wine-dinners.com
As I will not very often open together Lafleur 47, Pétrus 47, Latour 47, Lafite 47 with a Moët 1911, I would be happy that more people enjoy such an event.
As I have already made a dinner in chateau de Saran, you can see pictures here :
and read the story in English of this dinner here :
Francois, this sounds incredible - beyond my scope. Please post notes and pictures after the event. Cheers Francois.
Francois.... Out of all the older Bordeaux vintages, (Older to me) 1947 is the year I wish I could taste more of, especially the wines from the Right Bank. If I lived in Europe, I'd try to attend. It sounds amazing! Very few people will ever get to taste 1947 Lafleur or 1947 Petrus, and both in the same night!
Many of us miss your tasting notes on the older wines you have been tasting. Feel free to start a thread anytime. People always enjoy reading your notes, even if they do not have much to contribute.
I agree with Jeff, I always read your notes with great pleasure Francois. Thank you.
I will try my best.
Yesterday I was in the cellar of Moët & Chandon for a dinner with great chefs and we drank Moët NV, 2002, 1992, 2002 rosé, 1975 in magnum and 1952.
The 1975 was a pure delight with a nose of a purity which was spectacular.
The 1952 was great too. But my preference was for the 1975.
Richard Goeffroy brougth a tremendous Dom Pérignon Oenothèque 1975 in Toulouse, last year.
100/100, like this Krug collection 1964 drunk at Veyrat's.
My experience with the 1947 is very weak but Bel Air Marquis d'Aligre 1947 turned out to be a great wine (98/100, twice)
The Château-Chalon Bourdy 1947 is great.
By the way, the "Château de Saran - Vin nature de Champagne BdB vintage between 1960/1970" is an interesting non-sparkling white.
Last edited by laurent gibet; 10-28-2011 at 07:03 AM.
The dinner sounds intriguing!
I was at a Wine Spectator tasting with Mr Geoffroy on Friday last week, tasting the 02 Dom P, the 96, 90 and 75 Dom P Oenotheque, all fantastic.
Tonight there is a Oslo tasting of all vintages of DP betweet 1962 and 2002, 50 years! I'm looking forward to it!
and Laurent, I was on a 100 for the 75 Oenotheque as well...
1947 Bordeaux, the stuff dreams are made of. Thank you for sharing Francois. I remember your posts from BWE and the Parker board. I hope we see more of you and your amazing stories on old wine more often.
I would be interested in future events (as well as this one) and I'll tell you here as your e-mail address does not seem to work, I sent you a mail last week with no response.....
sorry if it does not work
try this one : audouzef at orange.fr (I replace the @ by 'at' to avoid spams).
Haven't heard back from you on the last e-mail either, have you checked your spam filters?
Sorry, I will answer to the emails.
Concerning the dinner of November mentioned above, Moët will be extremely generous :
Moët magnum 1959
Dom Pérignon magnum 1966
Moët 1928 disgorged in front of us
The table is formed. I hope to have time to report on this event for which Jeff allowed me to talk.
Lafleur 1947 corresponded to its legend. It is a wine which is perfect. It means that when you have it in mouth, everything seems logic, natural, completely structured for greatness. It is an immense wine, a "wow" wine, but not a "super wow" wine.
Pétrus 1947 was not in a position to compete. Chocolate, coffee, too simplified, it was a wine which has probably not been perfectly stored during its life. It did not give pleasure, and did not create competition.
As we had many other wines, a perfect Lafite 1947, a surprisingly good Mouton d'Armailhacq 1947, a charming Angélus 1947, and two solid and great Latour 1947, we had enough to enjoy, but We had a regret for the Pétrus.
To have the chance to drink together Moët 1928 and Moët 1911 is rather unique. The two were disgorged in front of us. And as Benoit Guez, the cellar master of Moët is of a great exigency, they opened two 1928 and Four 1911 to have perfect wines. Incredible !
Being stored in perfect conditions, the two champagnes were at a level of pure hedonism. The 1928 is more romantic and the 1911 is more archetypal. Both are expressions of the perfection of old champagnes, with a huge complexity and a length which is unbelievable.
This dinner was a delight, a forever souvenir.