|My special thanks to our guests on what was our last dinner of the year, and best after-dinner
Guest Speaker: Poppy de Courcy-Wheeler
Host: Anthony Borges – Chef: Jon Cutts
Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon 2016
Attractive white gold colour with delicate, pale green. Fresh citrus and white flowers make up the nose. The palate is refined, smooth and rich. Everything is perfectly balanced: lively yet discreet, mineral without being dry, fruity yet refined. 100% Chardonnay.
|Pouilly Fumé Les Chailloux, Domaine Chatelain 2017
This wonderful Pouilly-Fumé showcases stunning purity of fruit from the Sauvignon Blanc grape as you are likely to find. The crisp minerality and flint-like freshness has great poise and the clean notes of green apple and citrus zip across the palate. 100% Sauvignon Blanc.
|Pouilly Fuissé Vigne Blanche, Domaine Saumaize Michelin 2015
Depth of colour in the glass. The nose offers white peach and pear aromas with hints of brioche. Mineral, rich and full flavoured on the palate with complexity lasting through-out the long-lasting finish. 100% Chardonnay.
|Beaujolais-Lantignié, Domaine Jean-Paul Dubost 2017 Delicate ruby colour with bright aromas of red fruits including redcurrant, raspberry and cranberry. The palate is lively and stacked full of fresh fruit character all with a light and soft texture. 100% Gamay.
|Beaune 1er Cru Clos du Roi, Domaine JJ Girard 2015
A complex nose with a combination of forest fruits and more savoury and earthy tones. On the palate the wine is seriously silky with concentrated and complex flavours that are in perfect balance with the fresh acidity of the wine. 100% Pinot Noir.
|Vieux Château Gaubert, Graves 2009
Deep intense red in colour, this Graves has lovely, rich, ripe cassis flavours with a fine, persistent vanilla and pomegranate finish. The wine offers delicious sweet red fruit and seductive, earthy tones. It’s showing beautifully and is ready to enjoy. 50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Merlot.
|Crozes Hermitage Le Rouvre, Yann Chave 2015
Elegant, fine and very expressive nose. Notes of blackcurrant, liquorice and a hint of pepper. The wine is marked by a fine structure and elegant tannins. Richly concentrated and of great finesse. The wine is truly harmonious, revealing great balance and a very long finish. 100% Syrah.
|Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine 2015
A complex nose of cinnamon, cooked fruits and morello cherry. After a rich and firm mouthfeel, the mouth expresses vanilla and peppery aromas which persist throughout the finish. 80% Grenache 10% Syrah 10% Mourvedre.
|Château Fayau Cadillac Liquoreux 2011
Yellow hay colour with gold shimmers. The nose is very intense and complex, a subtle mix of quince, apricot and white flowers. The palate is well balanced and nuanced with flower, apricot and honey notes with a long-lasting finish and cleansing acidity.
Beetroot pannacotta served with beetroot carpaccio & caramelised walnuts.
Poached monkfish with wild mushrooms, seared cucumber & radishes & poaching liquor.
Roasted loin of Boxted Hall venison served with confit potato, roasted parsnip, buttered kale & juniper jus.
French apple tart with spiced ice-cream.