Monday, November 30, 2009

10th Anniversary Dinner at Bouchon

Bouchon is one of the most popular restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina. When you walk in it's the French Bistro version of Cheers - where everyone feels the staff and the owner knows their name and enjoys French comfort food. Michel Baudouion, the owner of Bouchon has lived in Asheville for the last eight years. He is a Frenchman that did his time in Texas prior to arriving in the Key West of the North East (as one patron described Asheville tonight - yes, it doesn't quite make sense but that in itself is Asheville).

With dinner tonight we opened two wines . . . the first, Servin Chablis Blanchot Grand Cru 1999 and the second, Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1999. Both 10 years old - just like our precious marriage! And both quite exquisite (no, I don't use that word often - it is suited to the wine and the event though) just like our marriage!
The Blanchot took over 35 minutes to open showing off poached pear, annisette, mineral and lightly stewed green apple. The Caymus also took 35 - 45 minutes to open showing itself to be very youthful with red plum, casssis and a firm integrated tannic backbone that was just exceptional.
For dessert, Michel joined us with a Fresh Crottin cheese (more famous in the Loire Valley of France) made by the Vermont Butter & Cheese Company. This was a treat and a wonderful finish to an amazing meal.

I never did take a picture of Kinah and myself tonight, but this one of Kinah and Michel is priceless.
We had a relaxing dinner at one of our favorite Asheville restaurants. If you've been there then you know, if you haven't then you need to try out Bouchon.

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