Emailed my friend Bernie today as it has been a while since we have caught up. I saw him at Matsugen, the new Jean-Georges soba house, last week and it had been some time since we had caught up. "You free?" I emailed him. He was and responded with a venue:
Somewhere casual. It's still too hot out. How about one of the lobster roll places? Mary's fish camp or something..
I've posted on Mary's before and this is not your average lobster roll place. Perennially busy, we decided to meet at 6:30pm. We both ordered the lobster rolls although Bernie started with the Malpeque Oysters and I ordered the Wellfleet Little Neck Clams. Inflation alert: the lobster rolls are now $33! I brought a bottle of MV Krug to accompany our dinner. Decadent, I know, but I was in the mood for champagne. I love Krug but wish that we had used better stemware. The $32 corkage fee was steep, the same cost of their cheapest available bottle.
Medium depth gold color. Autolytic , toasty, and nut aromas. Lightly oxidative. Rich, honey fruit characteristics exhibiting secondary and tertiary development. Med+ extraction, med+ body, crisp acidity with moderate alcohol. No tannin. Persistent finish. Rich and succulent texture. Elegant and concentrated structure. Excellent balance, long length and high intensity. A very complex wine. Dry, less than 10g/L residual sugar. Icon level champagne. Interestingly, Krug suppresses malolactic fermentation to preserve freshness. It is one of the oakiest champagnes in the market, but this is mainly driven by all oak barrel alcoholic fermentation(not aging) in older 205L casks. Extended lees contact is another distinctive factor. This was a fresh bottle as I've found some of the MV Krug to be noticeably oxidative.
We ended the dinner with a mediocre hot fudge sundae. I expected more from dessert as the base of the gelato was Laborteria de Gelato's vanilla.
What a lovely way to spend a Monday evening. Ok, back to studying.
Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St., New York, NY 10014
at 4th St.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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