La Paulée Dinner 2019 – Vancouver International Wine Festival
The Vancouver International Wine Festival and Hawksworth Restaurant hosted the innaugural La Paulée dinner last week. The wine festival has, historically, been a place where new and newish consumers come to explore the world of wine. However, it has never before truly catered to serious wine collectors. The first La Paulée dinner borrowed from the Paulée tradition in Burgundy to remedy that gap. It was an excellent event, with probably the most exciting collection of wines to be opened at a single dinner in Vancouver in the last decade.
For those unfamiliar with the tradition, there are multiple tables (in our case tables of 8 person’s each), and each person at the table brings their own wine from their cellar to share with the rest. Typically these wines are Burgundy wines, though that does not always have to be the case. Typically this is an opportunity to share the best and rarest wines in one’s cellar with a bunch of like-minded wine-appreciators.
Here is a sampling of the wines opened at the event:
My contribution to our table. Stunningly great Chablis in a perfect place, and showing great freshness for such a warm vintage.
A sampling of wines from our table. We later had a chance to create a vertical of Rousseau Clos de la Roche, with a table trade – 1996, 2006, and 2008. The 1996 was beautifully elegant. The 2006 open, fruit forward and delicious, and the 2008 still too young. The 2003 Rousseau Chambertin knocked it out of the park with its power – starting a bit short on the finish it opened with air. I would leave that bottle for 10 years before trying again.
The top four bottles at the dinner, most likely. Our table contributed the beautiful 1993 Latricieres-Chambertin, proving once again not to ignore the larger domaines for certain bottlings. The 1990 DRC Richebourg was as pure and perfect as an untouched mountain stream – shockingly fruity and young – with a powerful core that never feels anything more than supple. Roty is one of the great producers (with the oldest vines) in Gevrey – it is too bad he is so hard to find.
More brilliance from the two Bonnes-Mares.
A few more…
And then we got into some bordeaux. For me, the 1990 Lynch-Bages poured at my table was the best of the night.
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