Okay, so at $89.99 this doesn’t exactly fall into the value category of holiday wines. But remember, it’s also 17 years old. When you do the math, that’s a mere $5.30 a year since the grapes were harvested. Which is downright cheap for a mature beauty like this one.
It’s now been a week since the Wine School’s Champagne event with The Four Seasons and Nicolas Feuillatte’s Palmes d’Or, and I’m finally getting around to writing about it because I needed some distance for a sense of objectivity to set in.
Alas, I fear that objectivity may not be possible. How is it with such a stellar line-up of wines? (After starting the the Feuillatte 1999 Blanc de Blancs, we moved on to the house’s Palmes d’Or 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1992, 1991, 1990, and 1985.) And how is it with such a luxurious menu? (It included stuffed oysters with caviar, foie gras terrine with rhubarb chutney, smoked salmon and quail eggs, and spring pea soup with morels.) And how is it with the winemaker there, and in the magnificent Washington Room, and attended by an absolutely wonderful group of people, friends old and new?
Sometimes, objectivity is just not possible. In these cases, it’s simply best to remember the evening, smile, and look forward to the next one.
We’ve been planning for the Palmes’ d’Or vertical tasting for a while now, and it’s all starting to come together. We have confirmation on the wines we’ll be tasting: 1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996,1997, and 1998. And we’ve been going over pairing options with the team at the Four Seasons. Which is all to say this: We’re getting downright giddy as April 24th draws nearer.