Saturday, April 08, 2006

Fayolle Crozes-Hermitage Les Pontaix 1998

Stephanie had a particularly awesome day at court yesterday (and a dreadful salad for lunch), so I decided to grill up a nice piece of beef and pair it with an older wine. I grilled a bone-in ribeye and served it with Stephanie's carmelized onions and a red wine sauce. We had roasted red potatoes and roasted yellow and red belgian endive with chevre. Everything was fabulous, and it matched well with a seven year old wine from France's northern Rhone valley.

Crozes-Hermitage is one of the "lesser" regions of the northern Rhone, but it's wines are excellent values, and in good vintages, they can stand a bit of bottle age. Presumably 100% syrah, this bottle showed excellent mature flavors and aromas of earth and dried fruit. It really came around after being open for a while, and it's medium-full body and refined tannins played well off the steak. Although most people won't be able to find this one still on the shelves, Chicago readers can locate it at the House of Glunz on Wells Street.

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