Saturday, September 19, 2015

Report from: Primium Familiae Vini Lunch - April 23, 2015

Is there any possible way to put into words the amazing wines and breadth of history that packed the room on this day, as the Primium Familiae Vini (PFV) came to Toronto to wine, dine and ... for lack of a good rhyming word ... impress the hell out of all in attendance.

These are all names you'd recognize, no matter what level of wine drinker you happen to be.  Names like Pol Roger, Drouhin, Muller, Torres, Antinori, Perrin, Rothschild and more: 11 in total, and the experience and history was enough to put one in awe.  So instead of waxing poetic about the what and who let's take a simultaneous look at the lunch (held at the Four Seasons Hotel) and the wines (one from each family).

You know it's gonna be a good party
when this is the appetizer wine:
Pol Roger 2002 Sir Winston Churchill
biscuity, sour apple, almondine along with
notes of toffee and butterscotch

**** 1/2

The Look of Lunch ...

Foie Gras
Brioche, Laroda Plum, Lamb's Lettuce
Kumquat, Baby Leek, Caviar
Cavatelli Pasta
Rabbit Confit, Preserved Tomato, Olives
Braised Bison Short Rib
Spring Carrots, Pommes Dauphines
Stilton Cheese
Fig, Walnut Crostini, Red Watercress
Wine a Little - Cause there's a lot of them ...
Many of the wines we tried today are no longer in the market place for purchase so no score will be given.

Famille Hugel 2010 Riesling Jubilee
wine made from top Crus
quite lovely with hints of elegant petrol
Joseph Drouhin 2012 Chablis Grand Cru 'Les Clos'
made from a 1.3 hectare parcel in Chablis
creamy texture, apricot, peach, nice minerality
with a hint of oxidation

Egon Muller Scharzhof 1994 Scharzhofberger Riesling Kabinett
the house of Muller dates back to 1797
stunningly young in both colour and freshness
Torres 2010 Mas La Plana
represented here today by Miguel Torres - 5th Generation
100% Cabernet Sauvignon - started making this wine in the late 60's
lots of dark fruit and spice; great complexity with power and heft

Tenuta San Guido 2009 Sassicaia
young by comparison, the winery was established in 1941
earthy, sour cherry, cassis - has the acidity of Sangiovese
yet the fruit and force of Bordeaux
Famille Perrin 2005 Chateau Beaucastel
dark fruit and spice; a real delicious endeavour
Antinori 2007 Solaia
name meaning "looking at the sun" - label started in 1978
this wine has an incredible power in the glass with a long life ahead
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2005 Pauillac
Julien Beaumarchais de Rothschild had plenty of quoteable moments:
"wedding between great family and terroir"
"way beyond business puposes, it's about the soul"
As for the wine: menthol, dark fruit with oak and cassis

Vega-Sicilia 2004 Unico
"close to a perfect vintage" - 90% Tempranillo / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
this wine is only produced in the 'great years'
a pure delight on the palate and perfect match with the short ribs -
but this one was also a wonderful wine on its own
Symington Family - Graham's 1977 Vintage Port
if there is a God and he drinks port regularly
he's got a few cases of this in his cellar

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