Why is it that no one is writing about L'Abeille in the splashy Shangri-La hotel in Paris?
I'm terribly over fancy meals lately, just mainline the Franny's style cooking please, but chef Philippe Labbé meal delivered wonderful blend of fancy pants and immediacy. And then,while I wasn't looking he earned two stars from Michelin, well deserved.
They had disappointing champagne by the glass choices, so I passed.
A vintage Clicquot? Not vintage enough. Pass.
But seeing my dispair, the sommelier had a very good idea about the wine. Sizing me up he suggested one of the few Alice safe wines on the list. The 2006 Clos Rougeard Les Poyeux (120euro) was delicious, alive, spot on acid and bramble. and for a restaurant of this price point (ouch) not bad. If I were doing white, I would have gone for the 2007 Roche Aux Moines Savennieres, (70e)---that was before their transformation in farming and vinification turning themselves into one of my favorite Savs...but still at last sip, the 2007 gorgeous wine.
Heading out I saw more stretch limos than in my neighborhood on prom night. People hanging in the bar, stuffing it in contrast to the demur, quiet room. In the end, memorable indulgence.