Three popular Houston sommeliers have recently relocated to new restaurants, with Michaël Peltier having taken over at La Table, Sébastien Laval at Le Colonial and Marcus Gausepohl at Brennan’s. We asked them for their favorite bottle of the moment.
Michaël Peltier, La Table
Background: Peltier began his restaurant career as a Parisian waiter before becoming a somm at the Danish-inspired Copenhague, a one-star Michelin restaurant on the Champs-Élysées. Two other prime postings in the Paris area followed before he made his way to New York, first working at Bouley, then becoming the head sommelier at Benoit Bistro, both also Michelin-starred. (The former offered some 900 wines from famed chef Alain Ducasse’s private cellar.) Peltier initially moved to Houston to help launch the wine programs at Hunky Dory and Bernadine’s in the Heights prior to moving to La Table.
What: 2013 Cuvée Les Trois Chênes Crozes-Hermitage
Why: The Northern Rhone syrah from Emmanuel Darnaud’s oldest organically farmed parcels has been a favorite of Peltier’s through many vintages. “This wine shows you an intense red color, with deep purple glints,” he says. “The nose will give you some notes of plum, black cherry and blackcurrant. It is very clean and complex. On the palate it’s ample and generous, (possessing) soft tannins with notes of black fruits, herbs, smoked meats and a nice touch of spice. It will pair very well with our braised short rib or the parmesan-crusted rack of lamb.”
Price: $95 for a bottle at La Table, 1800 Post Oak in BLVD Place