JB’s “last” HK luncheon , probably not , he will be back but in the meantime we will miss him and needed to celebrate properly (Posted on 4 December 2014)

Blog Jason 4 Dec 14

Never has a kilo of white truffle been so generously shared between so few at lunch .

Last Saturday a dozen of us gathered at the Wine Vaults for a remarkable afternoon of “truffling“

As you can see we started off with Cristal 2002 and Krug GC en magnum with some cheese & nibbles to settle us into the swing whilst we discussed the order in which wines should be tasted .

Blog Wine 4 Dec 14

The marvellous Ramonet Batard Montrachet 1999 & 2001 caused quite a stir relegating Leflaive to second place amongst the whites .

With JB’s cooking skills on display Porterhouse burgers kept us going as we headed into the reds .

A magnum of Dujac Clos de la Roche 2000 was sublime and disappeared rather quickly .

Caymus & Opus One 2005 were reliable but up against stiff competition whilst the Sine Qua Non “Turn the whole thing” 09 should in hindsight have been saved ‘til last .

The Leoville Poyferre 1990 showed extremely well though I felt the second bottle was a tad volatile .

Now to the main event , let’s get ready to shave the truffles , JB’s own butter tossed pasta arrived and we were seated for a real treat .

With the truffles having been flown in from Italy the day before we were most impressed to see that very little of the Kilo had gone on JB’s late night Friday pizza so we were all about to be spoilt .

A magnum of La Mission Haut Brion 1986 was on top form , mixed critical reviews online perhaps suggest the importance of correct cellaring and of patience in knowing when to open such bottles .

The Mouton Rothschild 1973 was the happy surprise of the day , just singing , delicious and much fresher than I had expected it to be , the lovely Picasso label seemed well suited to celebrating the year in which Mouton Rothschild finally received its elevation to First Growth by Presidential decree no less .

A picture tells a thousand words so here you go :

Blog Pasta 4 Dec 14

My thanks especially to JB and GW for their generous wine offerings , the truffles and late night hospitality ( my own antics better left unmentioned I believe ) & also to my fellow guests for your own wonderful offerings , wines , cigars and great times .

JB – We’re gonna miss you man but not as much as certain restaurateurs in town whose businesses may be in trouble as a result of your absence , but at least the rest of us will be able to get a booking for lunch ……