You may remember my account of being presented with a beautiful bottle of Chateau Haut-Marbuzet 2006. Well, it was time to retaliate!
So I invited my generous client and friend to dinner together with my sister-in-law, also an architect in WA, her husband and another couple of friends who are living a long distance romance between Sydney and Khartoum and were home together at the time.
So, the occasion was deemed to warrant a trip to Ultimo Wine Centre, not knowing that it would be my last purchase under this reverred name...
As usual, Jon Osbeiston was of good counsel and pointed me towards a wine I didn't know: Le Petit Caillou
Well, in fact, it is a new label owned by no other than the famous Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou, my favourite wine ever, and my favourite St Julien as a consequence.
Built in 1720, Ducru-Beaucaillou has been in the hands of only five families, the current one being the Borie family, in charge since 1862, and now in their third generation with Bruno Borie at the helm since 2003.
I first discovered it in a famous restaurant near Montparnasse called "Josephine - Chez Dumonet"" still in operation.
I would usually have lunch there on a Tuesday, as it was the day when the older Mr Dumonet would come and cut the "gigot d'agneau" at your table, and I would have a half-bottle of Ducru Beaucaillou with it.
Soon, they ran out of half-bottles and I started to invite friends and clients for that Tuesday lunch...
The story ends with a memorable dinner for one of my sister's birthdays and we had to have a Magnum of it!
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Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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