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Lovely Dinner at Gauthier Soho

Met some dear old friends at Gauthier Soho for a lovely meal.  The food was restrained and pure and nicely cooked.  The wine all sang and were first time bottles for me except for one.

We started with a 1975 Champagne from Christophe de Valicourt. This is a small house I hadn’t heard of before and prove a real revelation from a classic Champagne vintage.  Although showing a slight touch of oxidation, it has a pleasant nose of toast, ginger and almonds.  The mousse was delicate and still fresh.  Nice start.

The white was a Chablis Les Preuses 1992 Dauvissat-Camus.  Apart form an excellent magnum of 2005 Les Clos last year, I’ve never really been a huge fan of Dauvissat (I’m a complete Raveneau nut and rarely say the point).  However, this bottles was very impressive, with a stony, fresh onion skin on the nose followed by an impeccably balanced palate which was fresh and silky.  We also went back to this wines at the end of the meal, over 2 hours later, and it was still holding  together with nose now reminiscent of rich clay and more oily on the palate.

The Barolo Vigna Rionda 1970 Giacosa was solid and and very pleasant.  A good bottle with a light colour and pinkish hue, with a delicate fragrant nose of rose water and spiced fruit.  It was medium bodied and chewy on the palate.  Good but nowhere near the quality of a Santo Stefano 2 years ago which is the only other 1970 I’ve had from Giacosa.

We finished with some cheese and a tasty bottle of Sassicaia 1982.   This remains one of my favourite Sassicaias along with the voluptuous bombshell 1985 and the classic 1988.  It is a real crowd pleaser with depth.  Classic Cabernet aromatics of cassis with a finely balanced palate with soft, sweet tannins.  A real treat!

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