So it was my birthday, so what? 52 is not an historic event. Just getting another year older and wiser. Still, a good excuse for a nice get-together of nine friends at Mul-Yam, the superb Tel-Aviv seafood restaurant. Naturally, we brought our own wines, but the food and service were absolutely first class! We had so many delicious dishes between us that it is impossible to repeat them all here.
The atmosphere was lively and casual and I was not in the mood to seriously note each wine for its minute detail. You'll have to excuse me this time for not putting up real tasting notes in their usual 'structured' form...
We all started with the lovely 1993 Moet-Chandon, Brut Rose Champagne. Light pink in color. Zesty, winey and tasty, with all the charm and class you would expect from a good bubbly. It accompanied the Chef amuse bouche of crab-soup espresso(!).
This followed by a few dozens of super-meaty and delicious fresh Oysters that were accompanied by the crisp, lemony [and a bit younger than it should] 1995 Drouhin, Chablis Grand Cru 'Vaudesir'. When the oysters are good and the Chablis is good how bad can life really be?
Then each one ordered his/her first course. Mine were warm filets of red mullet on a bed of cold black pasta. Tender and flavorful, the dish paired wonderfully with the rich yet not-in-a-bit cloying 1996 Zind-Humbrecht, Gewurztraminer 'Clos Windsbuhl'. Golden color, a whole vineyard in full bloom on the nose, mouthfilling and then some... Fantastic wine!
Then we all had an intermezzo of tuna tartar, another delicious amuse bouche sent by the Chef.
This followed by the main course. I had sublime fresh jumbo shrimps on the grill. Pealed (great idea!), meaty and firm-textured. The main course was duly accompanied by the fully matured and extraordinary 1990 L. Latour, Corton Charlemagne. Complex minerally nose, followed by multi-flavored deep and concentrated palate and an astonishingly long finish. One of the best Corton Charlemagne from one of its best producers.
The array of wonderful desserts that sealed this feast was almost too much to cope with. But we managed somehow :)
A delightful evening of really fine food, excellent wines and above all - good friends that love to share it all.
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