'Tis my 46th birthday today. Quite different to last birthday, in which I stuffed my face with Alsatian delights in a Winstub in Strasbourg… But no complaints! I’m with my two favourite people in the world (myself excluded), and who needs more than that at the moment?
We started the celebration with Jules Camuset NV Champagne to go with home-made Gougères:
We drink very little Champagne, preferring to find fizz bargains elsewhere, but this one is super delicious. We first tried it at a Society dinner in Stevenage last summer, and it’s as good as I remember it! It’s light, with orchard fruit, quince and delicate hedgerow notes, and the Pinot Meunier gives it a lovely earthy flavour too. A delightful glass!
For the main event, the husband is making a favourite of mine - piri piri pork belly, which will be accompanied by this stunning 2013 Gewurtz from Muré:
I absolutely loved this wine when I tasted it on French wine scholar, and immediately knew this will be my birthday drink. It’s a complex, beguiling and rewarding wine - the sort that reminds me why I love Alsatian wines so much. There is fruit (apricot, stewed apples) spicy notes (cinnamon), Turkish delight, rose water and smokiness… there is ripeness and sweetness but there is enough acidity to hold it all together too. All in balance and so well-crafted, with a finish that just goes on and on… a wonderful treat for this middle-aged woman!
There’s a heart-shaped chocolate and raspberries tart made by the other half and the girl for dessert, for which I might open a Maury - but we’ll see if there’s room…
Happy Friday, one and all!