After a simple meal at an unnamed global restaurant chain last evening, we returned to the full glory of French cuisine. Just two blocks from our hotel was the Restuarant Perraudin, a Paris bistro recommended in our Rick Steves guide to France. Packed with tourists (I noticed someone else with a Rick Steves guide), the omnipresent English language made me wonder if I was just dreaming, and still back in North America...nothing like a simmering plate of 'cuisses de grenouille' (frog's legs) to bring me back to Gallic reality!
For the wine I chose the red 'Vin du Mois', a Bordeaux from the well regarded 2003 vintage. The 2003 Croix des Sablons comes from the Haut-Medoc AOC, and was a stunning example of why Bordeaux is so special. Deep, dark purple, with a beautiful nose of violet, pepper, dark cherry fruit, cloves, leather and oak. Pulled from the cellar and served at the proper 'chambre' temperature, on the palate it was rich and full-bodied, tannic and leathery with juicy blackberry fruit and good acidity, it had very nice length - good now, or may age for a few more years. More new world in style, it was a nice match for my duck confit.
Price: €25 (menu)
My compliments to Restaurant Perraudin. While service was slow (rather common over here), they did not flinch at the arrival of a family of five, the food was stunning, the choice of the Wine of the Month was spectacular and served properly. Bravo!