Sunday, June 6, 2010

Back in Japan (June 2010)...Roasted Kurobuta with Chambolle-Musigny

We had dinner at my mom's favorite local French restaurant.

The restaurant is located in 19th floor with the panoramic city view. There are young talented chefs at this restaurants as well as 5-6 sommeliers.

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I had the seasonal dinner course, and it was outstanding. Duck terrine, crab-stuffed tomatoes, lobster terrine, kabu (Japanese turnip) potage with summer truffle, mato-dai snapper with vanila scented vegetables, roasted kurobuta pork (from Kagoshima) with Sherry vinegar sauce, rhubarb tart with caramel sauce, creme brulee, etc.... Everything was so elegant and very flavorful. My favorite dish was the roasted kurobuta pork...real domestic kurobuta has the great firm texture with the deep flavors.

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We had wonderful wines, too. Both are quite rare Burgundy wines which cannot be found in the US.
2008 Chamard de Gros, Meursaut...Light golden color. Perfume, custard, citrus, peach, delicate fruity flavor with minerality. Tartness like yogurt. Very balanced.
1996 Lou Dumont, Chambolle-Musigny "Lea Selection"...Lou Dumont is established by a Japanese sommelier-turned-winemaker, Koji Nakata. The maison is based in Gevrey-Chambertin. His "Lea Selection" is actually not made by him, but it's his selection of very fine wines (already bottled) and released under his own label. This 96 Chambolle-Musigny was at its finest peak with the dry berry, spice, tea leaves, and earth on the nose, and very smooth palate. It had the balanced acidity and raspberry, tea smoke, and minerality. Really beautiful. The wine was actually made by Domaine Paul Misset.

We also had Canadian ice wine. This was from Ontario.
2005 Vita, Ice Wine Vidal...Vidal is a crossing of Ugni Blanc x Rayon d'Or (French American hybrid). I thought this was a nicely balanced ice wine with relatively higher alcohol (11%). Very smooth and made a nice mariage with the rhubarb tart.