Tier 1: 2015, Vouvray ‘Coteau de la Biche’, Domaine Pichot, Loire Valley
Tier 2: 2015, Chardonnay, Brewer-Clifton, Sta.-Rita Hills
Tier 1: 2011, Cahors, Domaine Clos Triguedina, Southwest France
Tier 2: 2011, Gigondas ‘Clos des Tourelles’, Famille Perrin, Rhône Valley
Tier 1: NV, Le Brun Cidre, Brittany
Tier 2: NV, Bugey-Cerdon rosé ‘La Cueille’, Patrick Bottex, Savoie
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2015, Vouvray ‘Coteau de la Biche’, Domaine Pichot, Loire Valley
Viticulturalists and restauranteurs since 1739, proprietor Jean-Claude Pichot’s family is among the oldest in the region, with the Vouvray domaine ‘Coteau de la Biche’ originally founded by Jean-Claude’s maternal great grandfather. The vines from which they produce their wines range from 20-50 years old, allowing for the beauty of chenin blanc to shine as it only does in Vouvray.
2015, Chardonnay, Brewer-Clifton, Sta.-Rita Hills
Founded in 1996, Brewer-Clifton is certainly among the most prominent producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the region. Their wines are Burgundian in style, with this chardonnay having minimal oak-exposure. The resulting wine bears a rich, unctuous body well-shot with acidity – a sensation as confusing to the senses as it is decadent.
2011, Cahors, Domaine Clos Triguedina, Southwest France
One of the great modernizers of Cahors, Domaine Clos Triguedina also boasts some of the region’s oldest vines. Replanted in 1880 following the phylloxera epidemic, yet surviving the great frosts of 1956, the vines have been permitted to thrive within these soils for over a century. Cahors is produced primarily of côt, the regional name for Malbec, with the inclusion of merlot and tannat serving to soften the wines. Just south of Bordeaux, but significantly warmer, Cahors often develop bolder and more rustic flavors than their more internationally-renowned neighbor. A wine befitting our 2nd course.
2011, Gigondas ‘Clos des Tourelles’, Famille Perrin, Rhône Valley
Famille Perrin is perhaps best known for its prestigious Chateau de Beaucastel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. However, they have had their hands in many different projects throughout the last century, producing wines of consistently high-quality and employing innovative cellar techniques. Of these satellite wines, ‘Clos des Tourelles’ in Gigondas is our favorite. Sourced from the vineyard just beside their estate right outside the town of Gigondas, the wines have a beautiful structure with firm tannins subtly woven in. Gigondas as a town dates to the Romans, who used it as a point of leisure for itinerant legionares. As such, it once carried the Latin name ‘Jocunditas’, meaning “great pleasure”. Through its wines, such a title still rings true today.
NV, Le Brun Cidre, Brittany
Le Brun has been producing organic cidre from organic handpicked apples since 1955. The cidre is lightly fruity with a sweetness developing into a drier, more tannic finish mildly touched with hints of wood. Breton cidre is traditionally drunk with crêpes or galettes, making it an excellent partner for our desert course as a more subtle pairing.
NV, Bugey-Cerdon Rose ‘La Cueille’, Patrick Bottex, Savoie
One of France’s best kept secrets, the sparkling wines of Bugey-Cerdon are delightfully refreshing and vibrant. Located in Savoie, on France’s eastern border, Bugey-Cerdon is 100% sparkling production along the enigmatic and rarely-employed “methode ancestrale” – a method of sparkling wine production believed to pre-date that of Champagne’s. Producer Patrick Bottex has been making excellent wine within the commune of Cerdon for many years, farming the same 5 hectare plot since 1991. Low yields, passion-driven, this is a wine with a sense of place.
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A private new years eve dinner party with countdown on the Hotel Normandie rooftop
Tickets include a 3 course dinner + wine pairing, entrance to the countdown on the rooftop at 10:30PM, luckycat giftbag + complimentary midnight toast.
DRESS CODE : DRESS TO IMPRESS
DOORS OPEN / CHECK IN / LIVE MUSIC + DRINKS IN THE LOBBY
SEATING FOR DINNER
ROOFTOP DRINKS + HIP HOP / TOP 40 DJ
COUNTDOWN TO 2018