Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Great Values of Bordeaux with Eric Fourault

When we think of Bordeaux we often think of great wines but we rarely think of great deals.  Over the last 30 years the prices of many Classified Growth wines have exploded, shooting up by an incredible 2000% or 3000% in some cases.  Every once in while, however, we run across solid Bordeaux at prices that are still perfectly reasonable.  Last year, I met Eric Fourault.  Eric is a Bordelais broker who also works for Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s parent company, and he showed me some fantastic wines at easy prices.  Later, I was lucky enough to sit down to dinner with him and an assemblage of bottles from all over Bordeaux.  Eric knows his country as well as anyone and is a walking history-book of the area, so the meal was a real thrill.  Come meet Eric on September 7th at ESS and get an education on one of the world’s most important wine regions.  At $60, it’ll be a very rare thing:  a great deal on great Bordeaux.  As a bonus, we’ll also be featuring a wine from one of Baron Edmond de Rothschild’s ventures in Argentina, Flechas de los Andes.   

Check it out:

Wednesday, September 7th, 7:00 PM

1. Marinated clams with arugula, pickled nardellos, garlic chips, and olive oil
Bordeaux blanc, Chateau La Freynelle, 2009

2. Grilled Hanger Steak with sweet potato puree and roasted baby onions with sweet potato greens
Moulis-en-Medoc, Chateau Malmaison, 2006
Listrac-Medoc, Chateau Clarke, 2004

3. Mimolette cheese with accompaniments
Malbec blend, Flechas de los Andes, 'Gran Corte', Mendoza, Argentina, 2007

4.  Tarte tatin with Crème Fraiche

$60 dollars per person plus tax and gratuity. Call ESS at 404-541-1105 for Reservations. Space is limited.

- Steven Grubbs, 
Wine Director, ESS
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