Thursday, 19 June 2014

Chateau Dumas Cenot, 2011, Bordeaux Superior

It's a beautiful evening as the lighter and cooler breezes disperse the heavy air of this afternoon. Zucchini, sliced and simmering with green onions, turmeric root and ginger is almost done, the pot of steamed red rice is ready and I'm looking forward to a glass of the Chateaux Dumas Cenot which was opened yesterday evening.

The title of Bordeaux Superieur is a title in its own right, for both red and white wines, covering the entire Bordeaux region. The most common requirements are that these wines must be aged for at least twelve months in oak before they can be sold. The wines are also often produced by single parcels of older vines.  The vast majority of Bordeaux Superieur wines are estate bottled which is not a requirement for generic Bordeaux. They also tend to have a higher alcohol level.

The Chateau Dumas is comprised usually with over 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and a little over 30% Merlot. This 2011 is dark ruby with purple undertones and an expressive nose of matured black fruit, specially prunes. It is meant to be a basic level wine from this appellation but delivers more than one would expect. I personally feel that it is a wine that can be appreciated by those that like some rich fruit in their glass as well as those that prefer a drier wine with classic Bordeaux like qualities. It also develops quite well in the bottle after opening. I'm drinking the 2011 vintage in 2014 which is just about the time it should be cellared if desired, anywhere from 4-5 years. The bottle retails between $12-$15. 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Cafe Nadery

Stephen Kirschner is another colleague I had worked with and had not seen for a few years. He had recently decided to switch careers, after several years of working in various restaurants. Graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, he had looked forward to many years immersed in kitchens all over New York. So it was a bit of a shock to learn that Stephen had decided to switch careers. He has since been admitted to college and his subject du jour is - Political Science. I wish him a delightful career in politics or law and was charmed by our intense conversation on current world affairs. 

The Cafe takes it's name from the original Cafe Nadery, a staple of the intellectual scene in Teheran for many secular thinkers, writers and artists during the 1940's and onwards.

16 W 8th St, New York, NY
Tel: (212) 260-5407