All of it.
The food. The wine. The pairing.
Salad was good.
Food: TK chicken, baguette and cheese with arugula and lemon balm salad
Dry chicken (salt, thyme and white pepper). Salty but that's never been the problem before. I think we got a bad bird, one that Foghorn Leghorn would say, "Sumthin' wrong with that boy." Dry and spongy with nothing done different from previous preparations.
Accidentally bought a sourdough baguette instead of a regular one. Boring with the Delice de Bourgogne. Even the cheese was newish, not having the time to develop that great funk.
Dud, dud, dud!
Arugula and lemon balm salad (walnut oil and white balsamic vinegar) satisfied and the chicken skin was good but that's entirely it.
I thank all that is holy that the wines blew as well. Would have been sad to waste a good wine on this meal.
Wines: 2006 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis ($35 - Howard's) & 2009 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay ($13 - TJ's)
Liked the Chateau Ste. Michelle right away. Not heavily oaked with only a trailing buttered toast note on the back-end. Typical low-end chardonnay notes of pineapple, some green tropical fruits and a touch of maybe sage. Seemed promising for food.
The Dauvissat was all milk with a few drops of pineapple and kiwi juice mixed in. Maybe not so much milk in texture. More like mozzarella runoff that clouded any sense of minerality or character.
Instead of trying to figure out which one was the best of the two, Mrs. Ney and I focused on which one was worse. I'm still deliberating.
The Chateau Ste. Michelle might show better with a year or so but we won't be returning to this Chablis. People like this vintage of the Dauvissat on the interwebs but didn't show well at all for us, even with a little air and coming up close to room temperature.
Both drinkable in the most basic sense but nothing to recommend.
Pairing: 42 Two points added for the lemon balm in the salad
To quote Mrs. Ney, "Dinner made me Angry."
Just brutal. All around.
I truly can't recall a time when the complete meal failed so much.
A Dud in the Dudiest sense of Dud.