I was there about 2014-2015 (i.e., not long after the opening) and had a good meal, but overpriced vs. what I can get elsewhere in Paris.The wines already were ferociously priced. Re the Chambertin, if you know where to go in Paris, it's 900€, with very good food to boot.Friday lunch at Table de Bruno Verjus was very enjoyable. This is close to the sadly missed Hedone in style … brilliant sourcing of ingredients. Those whose follow Andy Hayler should note his October 2021 review is hopelessly out of date re pricing: the tasting menu is now €400, but wine prices ard extremely high with no obvious bargains as far as I could see (although I am not completely up on all the very latest natty cults). For instance, Clos Rougeard was about 5 times as much as when Andy visited. Rousseau 2019 Chambertin was €8000. And so on.
Rather than go apoplectic at mark ups as seems to be a particular sport of some here, I just took the standard wine pairing, which bizarrely included d’Yquem 2009 (still excellent but not as exuberantly exciting as it was earlier on). In fact the wine btg option was probably the best value to be had and also fun. The other wines were mostly sound if not always exciting (e.g., Pacalet’s 2020 Condrieu won’t have Vernay worried) and included one Spanish wine fermented with mushrooms - which wasn’t as undrinkable as it sounds.
I overindulged with a small pour of yellow Chartreuse, and thr sommelier kindly gave me a pour of one of the many Romano Levi grappas they had.
The food? Well I enjoyed it very much … really pure seafood, and a really amazing Norwegian king crab leg that is probably the best crab I can recall. Not all of the plates look pretty, but I don’t mind if the quality is so fine.
Hospitality and service was fantastic. My first visit but I would love to go back.
Selected dishes and wines (there were a lot!):
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The sea anemone deep fried was great:
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Richard Geoffroy’s 3rd edition Sake … not bad, but overpriced and oversold:
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The glorious crab … at least to eat:
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Very fresh lightly salted Caviar from a farm in Poland … lovely dessert.
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I read the last line as “A lot like me”.
There were many great bargains on the list around 2019. But also a lot of crazy prices, Overnoy in particular.I was there about 2014-2015 (i.e., not long after the opening) and had a good meal, but overpriced vs. what I can get elsewhere in Paris.The wines already were ferociously priced. Re the Chambertin, if you know where to go in Paris, it's 900€, with very good food to boot.
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I had never heard of John Vickery until a post on Auswine last month said that he had died. He was famous for making some of the best Rieslings in Aus History at Leo Burring, and he is also credited with bringing back the screw cap - his 98 Richmond Grove started modern trend
In a short time I have managed to put together a small collection and this is the first- it came with a cork.
Stunning is the simple description. It has just the right amount of honey, petrol and toast on the nose, with buttery, toasty yellow fruit in the mouth. Amazing. I think the 04 Drumborg is probably a better wine, but this is very close and every bit as good as last years cork closed 02 Petaluma.
Since the 1996 change, we buy this wine regularly for sentimental reasons. It's better with plenty of aging, something I fail to practice.
I visited my mum on Saturday as my toddler had wanted to see photos of me as a child. In the collection I was surprised to find a couple of photos of me as a 2 year old visiting Leeuwin with my father and older brother in 1987. Based on your notes I wouldn't mind going back and doing it properly!Update: the Leeuwin Art Series Shiraz is absolutely delicious. Full of blackcurrant and banana fruit, which is incredibly dense but also very fresh. The tannins are ripe, silky and barely noticeable. This is unashamedly New World in style, and a bloody good example of it.