Our first night in Paris we enjoyed a delicious meal at Spring; a French restaurant with an American chef. The restaurant offers a nightly pre-set menu with optional wine pairings. From the moment we walked in we were treated to the warmest hospitality that continued throughout the night. While each course was truly fabulous, I sadly was more focused on the experience and forgot to snap photos so I don't remember all the details (I'll blame jet-lag!)
I do remember some stand-out wines that I wanted to share including the first aperitif wine of the night, a champagne from J.L. Vergnon. The "Brut Conversation" blanc de blanc grand cru is made from 100% Chardonnay (hence the term "blanc de blanc). The nose had that bready/yeasty characteristic that I have come to love in Champagne. Notes of "butter and biscuit" evolved on the palette into slightly nutty and honeyed flavors yet remaining dry with tight, small bubbles, making it extremely thirst-quenching! This taste made me excited for the latter half of our trip that would take us through Champagne-proper, more to come on that!
We had a selection of starters and first bites before moving in to the two main-courses: a seared halibut with chorizo foam and beef with bone marrow, both delicious!
The line-up of wines throughout the night also included a 2014 Condrieu (Viognier) from Domaine Georges Vernay, a Sauvignon Blanc from the Quincy Loire AOC by Les Poete, a Cotes du Jura Chardonnay/Savagnin from Domaine Macle, and the surprise of the night, a 2012 Old Vine Grenache from Birichino Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California!
Dessert was a highlight and included 3 different bites paired with the Monbazillac (Semillon/Muscadelle) dessert wine from Chateau Barouillet.
This chocolate/salted tart was the perfect ending to our first meal in Paris!