Last night we were joined by friends Tonita, Tracy, Chuck and Stephen for a fabulous end of season feast….around the log fire. Tonita had brought fresh Pansotti from Liguria (yummy parcels of fresh pasta containing ricotta cheese and borage, cooked simply in butter, sage and pine kernals). To accompany a red 2004 Vacqueyras “Clos du Caveau – Carmine Brillant” from Henri and Janet Bungener’s organic domaine and an exceptionally fine white Lirac , the 2005 Chateau d’Aqueria, beautifully golden and full flavoured, floral nose, honey and apricot on the palate with lovely freshness and a mineral backbone….put a recent Clos du Pape 2000 opening to shame! Noticed on their website that they recommend up to 4 years cellaring for their white Lirac and on this evidence I would agree…perfection. Nice night.