Paul Jaboulet Aine, La Chapelle Hermitage Rouge, Rhone Valley 1994
Such an interesting producer. I still can't believe that Jaboulet can produce such polarizing array of wine. While some producer in the region pride themselve on consistency, Laboulet has been an all or nothing producer. On one hand, they are the producer of some of the greatest wines in history like their 1961, 1978, and 1990 vintage. On the other hand, everything else they made have been mediocre at best.
I still can't believe that I would return to @mugaritz
this quickly. However, the allure of their incredible wine pairing is irresistable. Probably the most polarizig restaurant in the world, what @andoniluisaduriz
is trying to do here is generate discussions and new ideas on how one perceive food. If one approaches Mugaritz with the intention of enjoying a perfect meal, that person is at the wrong restaurant. Again, just like my previous experience, the meal has some incredible highs and many lows. Somes dishes were beyond 3 stars level, a testament to why I am still willing to take risks on modernist restaurants. However, some dishes were repulsive to the point of nauseating. Regardless, I can't bring myself to hate this restaurant. You get exactly what it advertised, a thought provoking meal at the forefront of gastronomic innovation. (May 2019)