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Delta Chelsea: Bb33 - Bistro + Brasserie:

Posted by hitnerwine on February 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Every few years, my parents and I head to Bb33 - Bistro at the Delta Chelsea in downtown Toronto for dinner. Vouchers in hand, we get to do this once in awhile on account of my father having stayed at various Delta hotels so many times when travelling on business.

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Excellent fare at the Bb33 - Bistro as usual, this year there was one difference: we were able to bring our own wine, subject to a reasonable corkage fee. Many thanks to management for accommodating us!

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My selection: Château Branaire-Ducru 2003. Immaculately cellared, my father and I were astonished at the youthful vigour of this outstanding claret: Dark-opaque ruby, offering sensationally elegant, fragrant aromas of minerally-laced currants, black raspberries, black cherries, crushed rocks, pain grille, whiff of truffles, vanilla, and spice. Extremely complex, with extraordinary, seductive fruit, firm yet well integrated tannins, balanced acidity, and a fantastic hint of minerals, currants, and black raspberry parfait on the finish. Simply magnificent, though its milder acidity was readily apparent. A common attribute of many ‘03s.

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For the main course, I had Pommery mustard and fine herb crusted rack of lamb, replete with cookstown vegetables and Italian cannellini beans. Prepared perfectly rare, the meat—poignant yet delicate—paired sensationally with the wine.

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Oh, by the way, did I mention we were there to celebrate my mother’s birthday? Happy birthday, Mom! Many happy returns.

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