Birthday wine at Eleven Madison

14 April 2012, Eleven Madison, Gramercy

Back in November, I got Diane a bottle of wine for her birthday – a white Burgundy from Montrachet. We finally brought it with us to Eleven Madison for an incredible meal. Before getting to the wines, it’s worth noting the incredible service across the board at Eleven Madison. Everyone including the host, bartender, sommelier and wait-staff was polite and made the meal flow seamlessly. They immediately took our bottle of wine, offered to chill and then decant it so it would be at the proper temperature during our meal. We had a cocktail at the bar before dinner (a must – they have some of the best cocktails in the city) before we began our four-course tasting.

The 2006 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet was incredible:

2006 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet

As our sommelier explained to us, Sauzet grows and vinifies the wine from this plot in Montrachet (not in the negociant style). Sourced from 50 year old vines, this is one of the few times I will concede that there is no equal in any other part of the world with this Chardonnay. A powerful nose of sweet fruit and honeysuckle with a perfectly balanced palate of stone fruit and refreshing acidity with well integrated oak. For anyone who doesn’t believe in terroir, this wine will change your mind.

In serving the wine, the sommelier recommended decanting it to both let it warm up to cellar temperature as well as to let it breath and open up. Diane and I both loved the “duck” decanter they used:

Riedel Duck Decanter

About halfway through the meal, we decided to order a red for the roast duck course – a whole duck for two, carved table-side and prepared two ways. With the help of our sommelier, we went with a half bottle of the 1995 Chateau Gruaud Larose:

1995 Chateau Gruaud Larose (375 ml)

A delicious Bordeaux with bottle-age that you could taste. A combination of musk and earthiness mixed with red fruit and strong tannins that haven’t fully integrated into the wine. A perfect match with the fowl.

**** 2006 Etienne Sauzet Montrachet, $450

*** 1995 Chateau Gruaud Larose (375 ml), $75

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