By Amy McCarthy
By Scott Reitz
By Scott Reitz
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Alice Laussade
By City of Ate
Longtime Dallas restaurant pro Jean-Michel S. Sakouhi says the nook he's hooked on McKinney and Routh (joined at the hip to an Ebby Halliday office) reminds him of Paris' Montmartre district, which encompasses the highest point in that city and holds the Sacre-Coeur basilica. Imagine getting that from an Uptown corner. He'll sink a bistro into the space and designate it Le Paris, a casual wine bar proffering Mediterranean wines and light Provençal fare. Born in Beaune and raised in Dijon, Sakouhi has generated a considerable resume since touching down in Dallas some 14 years ago: the French Room, the Pyramid Room, The Mansion, Sipango, and most recently, the Adam's Mark Hotel, where he served as wine manager. Le Paris should open by April 15.
Pierre-Henry Gagey, president of Maison Louis Jadot, recently dropped by Dallas to show off 24 1997-'98 vintage Burgundies across the Jadot portfolio. And it was amusing. With a mike clipped to his shirt, Gagey's tasting ritual of three rapid slurps followed by a quick, forceful spit into a Styrofoam cup sounded like the plunging of a miniature toilet capped by a brusque flush when piped through the sound system. Anyway, here were my favorites. Whites: 1997 Saint-Aubin; 1997 Puligny-Montrachet "Les Perrieres"; and the rambunctious 1998 Chateau des Jacques Beaujolais-Villages Blanc, a pool wine in designer swimwear. Reds: 1998 Morgan Chateau de Bellevue cru Beaujolais; 1997 Savigny-les-Beaune "Clos des Guettes"; 1997 Gevrey-Chambertin; 1997 Nuits-Saint Georges "Les Damodes." Brace for significant price increase when released later this year.
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