On Tuesday (4.24), French President (and day-drinker) Emmanuel Macron and his wife Mrs. Brigitte Macron will be wined at dined at an official state dinner in the White House. Entertaining the French means breaking out the good stuff (even for a tee taller like the POTUS).
“The wines were selected to complement the menu and embody the historic friendship between the United States and France, which dates back to the American Revolution,” explained the White House in a statement. Taking a look at the list and the menu, it’s clear that history came into play. Here it is…
Domaine Serene Chardonnay “Evenstad Reserve” 2015
The Evenstad was clearly picked on account of symbolism. The vines, themselves, are transplanted from France. Winemaker Ken Evenstad explained, “On volcanic Jory soil, at high elevations, with Dijon clone Chardonnay vines and dry farming, the wine that we can produce here in Oregon is absolutely magical.”
The result is 100% chardonnay, Dundee Hills grown wine aged for 13 months in 40% French oak barrels. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of the couple thousands bottles released annually, you won’t be disappointed. Tasting reveals a nice buttery flavor with pear and stone notes. The long, balanced finish won the cuvée raves and ratings from the big critics.
White House Executive Chef Christeta Comerford will serve the chard alongside Goat Cheese Gateau, Tomato Jam, Buttermilk Biscuit Crumbles, and Young Variegated Lettuces.
Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir “Laurène” 2014
Domaine Drouhin’s slogan is “French soul–Oregon soil. Nuff said. Laurène is named after Véronique Drouhin’s eldest daughter, Laurène. The 100% Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is the marquis brand for the winery.
James Suckling wrote of coveted 2014 vintage, “A very pretty pinot with currant bush, minerals, underbrush, blackcurrants, dark cherries and bark. The palate is extremely polished with fine tannins, fresh acidity, lots of dark, blue fruit that remains balanced and lithe, and a fruity, minerally finish.”
The pinot will be paired with Rack of Spring Lamb, Burnt Cipollini Soubise, and Carolina Gold Rice Jambalaya.
Schramsberg Demi-Sec ‘Crémant’
Bubbly from Schramsberg is a key part of presidential dining history. Their Blanc de Blancs rose to fame when President Nixon served it to China’s Premier Zhou Enlai during the historic 1972 “Toast to Peace.” According to the vineyard, every administration since has served Schramsberg at official state functions.
The cremate is a blend of Flora, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The taste is creamy and understated with some bright notes evoking stone fruit.
The sparkling wine is prized for its ability to pair well with sweets, in this case a Nectarine Tart and Crème Fraîche Ice Cream.