Friday, November 22, 2013

Pure Chablis Social at Brasserie Beck

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I was invited to a very special event showcasing the wines of the Chablis region of France. The Pure Chablis "Social" was held at Brasserie Beck and featured hand-selected Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru, and Chablis Grand Cru wines. Each wine was paired with a small dish by Chef Robert Wiedmaier and was designed to reflect the origin and terroir of the Chablis region. Like Champagne, only wines produced in Chablis may be called Chablis.  The minerality, freshness, and unique color stimulate the senses and pair wonderfully with international flavors.

The Chablis region is the northernmost wine district of the Burgundy region in France. The grapevines around the town of Chablis are almost all Chardonnay, making a dry white wine renowned for the purity of its aroma and taste.   Most of the soil is based with Kimmeridgian Limestone, which is studded with baby oyster shells, producing light mineral notes to the white wines.  Jean-François Bordet, President of the Chablis Wine Board, and Françoise Roure, Marketing and Communication Manager of the Bureau Interprofessional des Vins de Bourgogne, were in house to share their passion and knowledge about the rich history of the region and expertly guide us through the pairing of each course.

What I ate:
Chef’s Selection of Seasonal Oysters on the Half Shell
Apple, Kasteel Rouge Beer Shallot Mignonette
paired with La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelée 2011

Shrimp Cocktail
with lemon and housemade sauces
paired with La Chablisienne Chablis La Pierrelée 2011

 Jumbo Lump Crab Gratin
Local Kale, Old Bay, Mornay Sauce, Brioche Toast Points
paired with Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2010
& Simonnet-Febvre Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons 2010

Wild Mushrooms, Applewood-Smoked Bacon & Truffle Cream
paired with Domaine Louis Moreau Chablis Premier Cru Les Fourneaux 2010,
Domaine Servin Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2011,
& Domaine Christian Moreau Père & Fils Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir 2009

Selection of Imported and Regional Artisan Cheeses
Baguette, Honey, Apricot Cake, Fig Spread

This event was a wonderful opportunity to immerse oneself into the history and knowledge of Chablis wine.  The seafood paired perfectly with the Chablis wine, and I enjoyed tasting the progression from Chablis to Premier Cru to Grand Cru.  My favorites of the night were Domaine Séguinot-Bordet Chablis Premier Cru Fourchaume 2010 and the Domaine Servin Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot 2011.  Look for Chablis wine available in DC at Pearson's Wine & Spirits and Weygandt Wines.

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