French Food and Danish Design
Expatshungary recently promoted an event for Verpan, one of their new Club Card sponsors. Verpan is a Danish interior design company. Unfortunately, I did not get to see what sounded like an interesting talk on the short history of Danish design due to a lack of chairs. I missed my chance as I was waiting in line for a top up of some nice French wine. Le Gourmet de Bordeaux catered the event with French pates, sausages, fresh bread and cheeses...and of course wine.
There were 3 fine wines on offer:
- Chateau Grand Brun Haut Medoc 2009 (3800 huf) 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot - good. I had never heard of the verdot grape variety, but according to Wikipedia: "Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, often too late, so it fell out of favour in its home region. When it does ripen, it is added in small amounts to add tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. It has attracted attention among winemakers in the New World, where it ripens more reliably and has been made into single varietal wine. It is also useful in 'stiffening' the mid palate of Cabernet Sauvignon blends.When young its aromas have been likened to banana and pencil shavings. Strong tones of violet and leather develop as it matures."
- Chateau Petits Gravien Saint Emilion 2008 (3300 huf) 75 % Merlot et 25 % Cabernet Sauvignon - good
- Saint Amants Bergerac 2009 (1700 huf) 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, gold medal in 2010 - fair-good. At first I tasted gunpowder, but it grew on me.
The cheeses were also quite good, but I did not catch the names of them. The wine was served up by some friendly French guys, and owner Clarence Joubert du Cellier is very enthusiastic about his products.