1986 Chateau Coufran Haut-Medoc and 2005 Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

april 25, 2010: we invited alan, marie-paule and emilie over for dinner tonight for poached salmon, butter potatoes, steamed leeks, beet salad (which alan made), and blueberry-blackberry pie. the meal worked out very well. the salmon recipe can be found at www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Roasted-Salmon-With-Orange-Herb-Sauce-102205.

alan brought over a 1986 chateau coufran haut-medoc, which he had in his cellar. we thought it was soft and subtle. he also brought a 2005 cloudy bay te koko sauvignon blanc from marlborough, new zealand, which he got from a friend who had purchased it in atlanta. apparently this wine was being sold for $40 per case instead of $40 per bottle -- clearly a mistake, since this new zealand sauvignon was very distinctive (it was unique because it had more of a vanilla flavor, and not what greg would call grapefruit). the vanilla probably came from the oak. even greg liked it, and he's not usually one for sauvignon blanc (which he generally finds to be too grapefruity.)

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