A recent Sunday lunch at Petit Trois found the wife and me living it up like the rent wasn’t due. Ludo’s food is like no other I have had. My croque monsieur sandwich of ham and Mornay sauce was a rich, gooey delight. All others from my past - dry and handheld - just fell off the list. The omelette for Denise was perfectly done, soft and creamy. She commented, “If you can’t cook simply, you simply can’t cook” - citing Madame Mallory in “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” who asks potential chefs to make an omelette by which they are judged. Judging by my wife’s reaction, I’d say Ludo passed the audition.
The wife splurged on a cocktail of bourbon, lime and rosemary while I deliberated over the wine list. The waiter answered my “red or white” solicitation with a quick reply, “The Chinon.”
Domaine Grosbois Chinon 2011 falls somewhere in between.
Loads of delightfully grapy cassis aromas mix with spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate also conveys a grapelike sense with the cherry and blackberry flavors. Nice acidity and moderate tannins make for an easy sip. The finish is rather lengthy and a slightly floral berry tartness is left behind. I thought briefly that I might have preferred a white with the sandwich, but I certainly had no complaint about the Chinon. It paired quite nicely with the ham and cheese.
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