Thursday, July 09, 2009

An Amsterdam Winelist Challenge

A good friend and his wife recently went to Amsterdam for a wedding. My friend's birthday is July 4th and they would be going out to dinner at a highly recommended restaurant called Bordewijk. He emailed me from Amsterdam to ask me to suggest wine from the list, something he would enjoy on his birthday dinner. You can see the list by clicking on the second word from the left, "wijnhaart," I think it says, on the website's subject bar.

It is an interesting list with good options at all price points. There were several things that caught my eye, but one that really stood out. Can you guess what wine I recommended to my friend?

15 comments:

Joe said...

How about the Alliet Chinon (as the Breton Clos Sénéchal seems like a bargain but might overpower the food) and the Bossard Muscadet? If you went the burgundy route I'd have a more difficult time guessing.

Director, Lab Outreach said...

It's a wedding, right? Somebody's wedding anyway. That's excuse enough to pull the trigger on the Selosse, BdB.

I am, of course, assuming someone else is paying.

fillay said...

Hmmm... Nothing says "birthday" quite like a '96 Couleé de Serrant.

Brooklynguy said...

JD - it was for a wedding, but that was another night. sorry for the confusion. this is my friend's birthday dinner with his wife.

hey_kevin said...

The 1995 Verset Cornas looks awful intruiging.

Jack Everitt said...

1991 Comte Armand Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Epeneaux or the 1995 Verset Cornas.

These are more ready to drink.

The 2004 Foradori is a good choice.

But I bet you would suggest the misspelled one:

JAQUES SELOSSE - BRUT Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs

saignee said...

The '95 Verset would be my pick. Nothing pops out as quickly as that.

David McDuff said...

Larmandier-Bernier "Rosé de Saignée" -- my pick based on my gut and your predilections, though there are plenty of great choices there.

wineshlub said...

I'm not sure what you would pick, but if it were MY birthday it would be the Domaine du Cayron in a heartbeat.

djpiechota said...

larmandier-bernier would be my guess.

ned said...

So I'm thinking that your parameters are "what wine at what price", that is, the most special wine at the best price.

That's difficult because some wines are good deals but still expensive. Some are expensive compared to US retail but this is a restaurant list. Some are older but not dramatically so. So there is an equation here that has a bunch of unknown variables. Sure that's the game here but I'm just going to say that maybe there were more variables than you thought.
I agree the Verset is a strong contender.
as is for me the Larmandier-Bernier "Rosé de Saignée. The Solosse isn't that good a deal IMO.
Also the '98 Alliet Chinon and for me the F. Cotat Sancerres, especially the rosé.
How about the '89 Chateau Puojeaux or Ormes de Pez? A very good year and 20 years old for under 100E? Bordeaux isn't my favorite but a deal is a deal.
So I give up, I don't see the clear winner you speak of.

D J R-S said...

Hi, Neil--in town & broke my reclusive streak meeting up with Nick Gorevic for a great, educational blow-out at Terroir.
My geeky curiosity leads me to
DOMAINE CAUHAPE ‘Chant Des Vignes’
--just because (any) Jurançon (vinified dry!) is very near the top of 'must taste' list...
the '99 CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY from Jean Jaques Confuron whets my appetite, too...

TWG said...

Bandol Tempier Tourtine

Brooklynguy said...

Sensible logic in all cases. What I figured was this: get something celebratory and delicious, but also something that you can't easily get in New York. I believe my email to Adam went something like this:

"If you don't get the 95 Noel Verset Cornas, you are an insane person, and I will be the one to call the authorities."

He got it, they decanted it, Adam enjoyed glasses of the Foreau Vouvray Brut with appetizers, amd he and his wife loved the Cornas.

Steven said...

Nice recommandation, the Noel Verset Cornas.
It says wijnKaart ("wine card") b.t.w.

Steven