Champagne Georges Laval Dinner
Monday, November 7, 7:30 pm
$195/person, all inclusive
NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumières (Base 2013)
wild mushroom cappuccino/fine herbs/manchego cheese foam/ibérico ham soil
sea scallop/caviar sauce
foie gras turrón/pistachio/px
NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumières (Base 2011) (from magnum)
crab meat-shrimp ravioli/chorizo sausage/soy beans/fresh corn sauce/piment d'espellete
NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumières Rosé (Base 2011)
manila clams/judiones de la granja beans/brown beech mushrooms/salsa verde
2011 Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cuvée Les Chênes
rabbit/leg confit/bacon wrapped loin/celery root purée/carrot/tomato/sugar snap pea/radish/fresh currant/rabbit jus
Olea is hosting a very special wine dinner Nov. 7 featuring some of the best and most unique Champagnes being produced today, those of Champagne Georges Laval, a small grower/producer in the village of Cumières in the Marne Valley region of Champagne.
Vincent Laval, proprietor and winemaker at Champagne Georges Laval, will be Olea’s guest at the dinner featuring four premier wines, and he will offer context about the wines and the vineyards, which have been certified organic since 1971 and are still plowed by horses.
The Champagnes of Georges Laval have been celebrated by critics around the world and are served in many of the finest restaurants, and with production limited to 16,000 bottles per year, they are highly sought-after, often difficult to find, and deservedly expensive.
Here is John Gilman’s View From The Cellar review of 2011 Georges Laval Cuvée Les Chênes:
(Domaine Georges Laval “Les Chênes” Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature) The 2011 Les Chênes from Monsieur Laval is a simply transcendental example of this difficult vintage, as there is nothing “off vintage” at all about this beautiful Blanc de Blancs in the making! The bouquet is young and potentially magical, jumping from the glass in a mix of pear, acacia, a complex base of chalky soil, brioche, smoke, lemon blossoms and an overt touch of salinity in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and youthfully tight-knit, with a rock solid core, elegant mousse, brisk acids and laser-like focus on the very long and vibrant finish. I would give this a minimum of six or seven years in the cellar to allow its spine of acidity to relax and the wine truly blossom and start to drink with generosity. But, keeping one’s hands off of bottles of this superb wine is going to be challenging! (Drink between 2022–2050) 95+
The November 7 dinner will feature the following Champagnes:
• NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumières (Base 2013)
• NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumières (Base 2011) (from magnum)
• NV Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cumières Rosé (Base 2011)
• 2011 Champagne Georges Laval Brut Nature Cuvée Les Chênes
Chef Manuel Romero will prepare a special dinner to pair with these wonderful Champagnes. The cost is $195/person, all inclusive, and reservations can be made directly through Olea at 203.780.8925.