1970 Château Coutet, 1990 Château Coutet, 1999 Château Coutet, Barsac, Bordeaux, Château Coutet, Cos d’Estournel, d’Arche, Haut-Brion, Okategoriserade, ruster ausbruch, Sauternes, sommelier

demonsommeliern intervjuad för Château Coutet …

Idag publicerade Château Coutet i Barsac en intervju med undertecknad på deras hemsida. Läs intervjun här eller här …

1. What does wine and Sauternes represent to you ?

‘Some things need time. There are no perfect wines, only perfect moments. There is a minimum of time needed to really appreciate a GREAT wine. A great wine demands the luxury that we take that time. To really explore the beautiful dynamics and complexity in the structure of a great wine, we need to slow down, listen, reflect and feel. Imagine the millions of years it took Sauternes to form its shape… The years it took the vines to gain optimum age, the pace of the growing season, the long time it took the Botrytis cinerea to develop,  all those years in the dark cellars… It slow, it’s beautiful, It’s golden-transparent and it lively… That’s why!’

2. What led you to becoming a sommelier and was a there a specific incident/encouter that decided your career path?

‘I was a young waiter at Sweden’s best restaurant called l’Escargot, located in Stockholm when it occured. The state owned the import monopoly at that time. Vin & Spritcentralen (in the late 80’s) hosted a dinner at our restaurant. Guests at the dinner were Jean-Bernard Delmas of Haut-Brion and Bruno Prats of Cos d’Estournel. Amongst the wines that were served was 1959 Cos d’Estournel and 1947 Haut-Brion. When it was time for the Cos d’Estournel to be decanted, the cork went into tiny little pieces. Mr. Prats saw my anxiety and came over to my aid. He told me, calmly and politely, ‘that I should bring the bottles into the sommelier station in the kitchen.’ We brought the bottles there, and he showed me, step by step, still very politely and calmly, what to do. I decanted the beautiful bottles with the old corks and returned to the dining room with a great experience. Should I tell you that Cos d’Estournel has since then been a great favorite amongst the classical Bordeaux-wines…’

3. How important is it for a chef to consider food and wine pairings when creating and preparing a dish? How can a sommelier assist/work with the chef to accomplish the perfect pairing?

‘There are some great examples of when the chef and the sommelier work really close together to find, not only good pairings, but great ones! To be able to make great pairings, you need a sommelier to be a ‘foodie,’ and vice-versa. However, a chef does not need to be ‘a wine nerd’, just at the very least interested in wine!’

4. What does Sauternes inspire you? Do you associate a specific memory to this wine?

‘Today, in the world of fine wines, there are many ‘new wines and regions’ that compete for our attention. Sure, it’s exciting with ultra-modern wines, but think how sad and boring life would be without the classics. They are like the embrace of a dear old friend, comfortable and natural at the same time.

One specific memory is of a great bottle of the 1970 Coutet that I got as a gift when I left Restaurant l’Escargot in June 1991. We served it with Foie Gras au Torchon and fleur de sel à l’Orange from Mallorca in May 2009. It was magical how the ‘dryish’ character of the wine lifted the richness of the dish and played together superbly with the orange and salty notes.’

5. In your opinion, which dish (or ingredient) makes the best patring with Sauternes?

‘I am a fan of Michael Broadbent’s saying; ‘Sauternes is not a dessert wine. It’s a sweet wine!’ I don’t use itwith desserts, instead I pair Sauternes with other dishes of many styles. I am greatly inspired by flavors like apricots, saffron and Swedish blue cheese (Bredsjö Blå or Sörmlands Ädel).’

6. Say you decide to organize an all Sauternes meal at your place, what’s on your proposed menu?

‘Let´s start with something from FROM THE MEADOW; lightly smoked summer cauliflower with fresh caraway and levain bread to be served with a young 1999 Château Coutet. Next stop, THE COOLING SHADE; duck’s liver with white peach lemonade and toasted seeds. Served with something from early 90’s, perhaps a 1990 Château Coutet. FROM THE CHEESE CELLAR; a blue cheese dish inspired by Oriole Balaguer when he did an exibition dinner at ‘Vassa Eggen’ in Stockholm in 2003. Apricots filled with mature blue cheese, served on a light summer salad, served with mild Abbae Quelles-oliveoil and fleur de Sel. I recommend serving this with a really mature wine, such as the 1970 Château Coutet.’

SAUTERNES 2010  | Efter hypen och kaoset som årgången 2009 i Bordeaux skapade framstår det som osannolikt att tro att ännu en stor årgång kan vara i antågande. 2010 började med mycket kallt väder från december till februari, vilket även var fallet under 2009. Våren var som vanligt, med soligt och klart väder under april och maj månad. I juni kom det ganska mycket regn, vilket inte gjorde så speciellt mycket eftersom man därefter fick tre mycket varma och torra månader. 2010 var faktiskt den torraste årgången det senaste decenniet, även om både 2005 och 2009 mätte högre temperaturer.

SAUTERNES 2011  | Lite mer stabilitet finner man på den vänstra stranden. Åtminstone i delar av den. För att starta längst i söderut, så kan slottsägarna i Sauternes med goda skäl sräcka armarna högt upp i luften ovanför sina viner från 2011. Här görs söta viner med bra syra över hela linjen. Den bästa på flera år. Yquem kommer ut högst upp på toppen med en underbar doft av lichie och jasminblomster, en välbalanserad sötma och en syra som kommer att bära vinet långt in i framtiden. Detta följs av flera toppviner där samtliga är bra köp: de Fargues, Suduiraut, Rieussec, La Tour Blanche, Sigalas-Rabaud, Rabaud-Promis, Doisy-Vedrines, Doisy-Däene och d’Arche. Senast jag provade en drös med Sauternesviner var på Mälarsalen.

  1. D’YQUEM LGP 97-98
  2. GUIRAUD LGP 95-96
  3. SUDUIRAUT LGP 95-96
  4. COUTET LGP 93-95
  5. de FARGUES LGP 93-94
  6. RIEUSSEC LGP 93-94
  11. DOISY-DÄENE LGP 92-93
  12. d’ARCHE LGP 90-92

En annan favorit bland de söta vinerna är Ruster Ausbruch.