Numbers down a little on last year’s lunch, but those attending enjoyed a truly excellent repast marked by the immaculate service provided by the Brasserie 9 team, led by Luca Sigg, Food & Beverage Manager.
Proceedings started at the bar with an aperitif, 2017 Koehler Ruprecht Kallstadter Riesling Kabinett, and tasty nibbles featuring smoked salmon, crab meat, and brie. Our wine spokesman Alan Rankin told me in advance of his intention to be frank and honest, and being true to his word, he delivered by confirming he did not find any of the complexity promised by the wine-maker…
However, he found it to be “Okay”. Similarly, our next white came from the same producer, 2016 Koehler Ruprecht Kallstadter Riesling Saumagen Spätlese, and despite having received a Suckling award of 94 points, it failed to live up to our expectations (though Alan thought it might improve with age).
This wine accompanied a small amuse bouche, Homemade Foie Gras Terrine with Port Wine Jelly and Brioche. Our food spokesman Thomas Nowak, who complimented the quality of the breads served throughout the meal, ultimately expressed satisfaction at this modest serving of Foie Gras, considering how much else followed it.
It was served together with 2017 Enderle&Moll Spätburgunder, a light (some might say thin tasting) rosé style Pinot Noir that left most of us with puckered lips, thanks to its dryness. Although a bit better with food, its “slightly surprisingly grippy finish”, as described by one critic, I thought was the understatement of the day. As always, the Club chose the wines so we are solely responsible.
A generous helping of Mushroom Cream Soup with a scent of truffle came next, piping hot and lacking nothing but perhaps a trifle more decoration. It came with 2013 Gaja Ca Marcanda Promis (Merlot-Syrah) which received the seal of approval from Alan which he thought was well matched to the richness of the soup.