At the weekend just gone I met with a good friend from San Francisco. During her infrequent visits to London she always stays at The Capital in Knightsbridge. We’ve established a nice routine to these meetings: a couple of glasses of Champagne and then lunch in the hotel’s restaurant.
This year I had the Champagne all to myself – my friend wasn’t drinking. Our favourite Billecart-Salmon wasn’t available so, at the recommendation of The Capital’s head barman Cesar da Silva, I had a half-bottle of Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut NV. It was very leesy – in truth, more leesy than I like. The pale vermillion colour suggested some oxidation.
Due to a party booking the restuarant was unavailable to us but we could order anything we liked from the menu to eat in the bar. I kept it nice and easy – steak frites with sauce béarnaise. With this I had a glass of Bodegas Roda Reserva 2007, which I think of as the Torbreck of Rioja (or should Torbreck be the Roda of the Barossa?) – sumptuous, dark, velvety fruit gilded by oak.
Same time next year, doctor?