After a long, fun and exciting day at the Kentucky Derby, the first time I had ever attended that grand event, we all traveled to a local restaurant, Corbett's, for dinner. My good friend Fred had chosen the venue, making reservations months before, and it offered a special Derby prix-fixe menu. Fred had also arranged for wine pairings with our dinner.
The restaurant was opened in December 2007 by Chef S. Dean Corbett. It is housed in a beautiful mansion, which was constructed in 1850, and we sat in one of the lower levels, a semi-private room which was elegant without being pretentious. Overall, we had a superb experience, with delicious and creative food and some intriguing and tasty wines. I would give Corbett's a hearty recommendation, especially considering how well everything went despite the fact the restaurant was well packed with Derby goers.
Charles Ellner Cuvee de Reserve Brut Champagne, a delicious Champagne with lots of fruit and floral notes. A nice start to the evening.
2008 Fontina Candida Luna Mater, Frascati Superiore, a blend of 50% Malvasia di Candia, 20% Malvasia del Lazio, 10% Greco, 10% Bombino and 10% Trebbiano. An amazing white wine, full bodied with intense flavors of pear, orange, herbs, and mild spices. Complex and intriguing, a wine I want to seek out to fill my cellar.
2009 Domaine Roger Lassarat Close De France Pouilly-Fuisse was a very pleasant Chardonnay, with a restrained but noticeable use of oak. The oak served more as an accent than the dominant flavor of the wine.
Overall, the restaurant, dinner and wines impressed me. The sommelier, Troy Ritchie, did an excellent job of selecting the wines to accompany our meal, and our servers, Erin and Cecelia, were professional and attentive. I would love to try this restaurant another time for their regular menu, and recommend that if you are in Louisville, Kentucky, to check out Corbett's.
Great choice Fred!