Monday night, we had a dear friend over for dinner to drink a special bottle of wine that he gave us for our wedding! A 2000 Domaine Cros Minervois Vieilles Vignes. Most wines people buy these days are made to drink right now. This wine is unique (for modern wine-drinking), because even at 11 years old, it was still hitting its peak! All wines were once made this way… built to grow better with time. Very cool.
I didn’t do the best job of pairing the meal with the wine (steak probably would have been a better fit), but the cheese I selected for a pre-dinner appetizer matched beautifully. I highly recommend this French Morbier cheese, bought at Trader Joe’s! It was stinky, pungent, and it brought out lovely dark berry flavors from the wine. The vegetable streak through the middle of the Morbier is crazy! (Crazy good.)
Even though the meal might not have been the best choice for the wine, it sure was delicious! I served prosciutto-wrapped grilled chicken stuffed with goat cheese & herbs, along with sautéed squash, steamed broccoli, and French bread. The chicken was as easy to make as it is to write out! I took chicken breast fillets, made a slit with a sharp knife, then stuffed in goat cheese (this particular cheese came already mixed with fresh herbs… you could also mix in your own!). I tried to seal up the opening as best possible, then cooked the fillets in our George Foreman counter grill for about 5 minutes. After that, I took the chicken out and carefully wrapped each fillet in prosciutto. I cooked the chicken for about 2 more minutes, and the result was delicious! It was like the prosciutto had been welded on — yum!
It was a sediment-al night, because I have never seen such crazy sediment from a wine! Truly an Old World style wine. :)