Thank you everyone who attended our very special Classic Wine & Food of France evening. We were all treated to some delicious dishes by our resident chef, Tony Bell, and there were nine wines to accompany them. The aperitif was lovely – a Cremant de Bourgogne produced from 100% Pinot Noir – evolved with body and richness balanced by fresh acidity – comparable to good Champagne, a bargain for a twenty. The Pouilly-Fume was intense, simply the perfect partner with goats cheese and walnuts. The trout was an inspired choice by Tony with the Chablis; and the chicken a good partner for both burgundies, the Rully and Mercurey. Then there were the dark, full-bodied and structured reds with the Civet de Cerf (venison stew to you and me) and the cheeses, my favourite of these the Chateauneuf. My thanks to Jeremy for his time and expertise – delighted he has been honoured with the title Master of Wine, it`s very well deserved.
Guest Speaker Jeremy Lithgow, Master of Wine
Host: Anthony Borges – Chef: Tony Bell
Classic Wine & Food of France, 6th October 2017
Cremant de Bourgogne` Terres Secretes Blanc de Noirs, (Burgundy), £19.99, £17.75
Great value champagne-style sparkler from southern Burgundy. Made entirely from Pinot Noir, this is rich and biscuit with a dry finish
Pouilly-Fumé, Vincent Vatan (Loire) 2015, £19.99, £17.75
Classic Loire Valley Sauvignon from a small estate. From old vines grown on chalky soil, this is a fresh, crisp unoaked white with lively citrus and elderflower flavours
Chablis, Domaine Billaud-Simon, France (Burgundy)
2015, £21.99 £19.75
From one of the great estates of Chablis, this unoaked Chardonnay is refined and elegant, with notes of apple and pear and a long, mineral saline finish
Rully, `En Villerange`, Claudie Jobard (Burgundy) *** Wine of the evening – fantastic value!!
2015, £28.99, £25.00
Rully is a village whose reputation for high-quality Chardonnay is rising fast. Offering similar characteristics to the more famous wines of Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet, but at a much more affordable price, this rich white is imbued with flavours of nougat and nectarine with an overlay of nutty oak.
Mercurey Rouge `Vieilles Vignes`, Theulot-Juillot (Burgundy) 2015, £26.99, £23.75
The village of Mercurey is a great source of Burgundian Pinot Noir at an accessible price. This is a delicious, aromatic soft, ripe cherry-fruited red from 60 year old vines.
St Joseph, Domaine des Amphores `7 lieux` (Northern Rhone) 2015, £24.99, £22.49
An organic Syrah from a tiny estate perched high in the hills above the river Rhone. Distinctive flavours of blackberries, game, white pepper and clove that are unique to this region.
Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Domaine Lafond (Southern Rhone)
2013, £36.99, £33.29
One of the great wine villages of Southern France, this is a typical blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, giving a rich, robust organic red packed with spicy bramble fruit
Montagne St Emilion, Chateau Plaisance (Bordeaux, right bank)
2010 £22.99, £20.69
A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the right bank of Bordeaux in one of the great vintages of recent times. Ripe and structured with flavours of plum, cedar and savoury spice.
Graves Rouge, Vieux Chateau Gaubert (Bordeaux, left bank)
2005 (magnum), £68.00, £58.00
20 minutes south of the town of Bordeaux itself, this is equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and drinking beautifully with a little age and again from a superb vintage. Complex red and black fruit with hints of cedar, leather and roasted meats
Discounted prices in red for wines ordered this evening, thank you.
Please do not drink and drive
Goats cheese, beetroot, walnut dressing
Pave of trout, parsley cream
Paupiette of chicken, lardon, field mushroom
Civet de Cerf