Thank you those of you who joined us for our mid-week table of eighteen last night. The food was excellent – well done, Tony – every dish a blinder! The wines were also spot on, an exemplary selection from the Mentzendorff portfolio. My thanks especially to our guest speaker, Alastair Fleming, who did a sterling job of steering us through the evening`s wines.
Guest speaker: Alastair Fleming – Host: Anthony Borges –
Chef: Tony Bell
Wines of Mentzendorff
Bollinger Brut Champagne, France, £38.99 – aperitif
Pinot Noir dominated superstar Grande Marque from Champagne. Showing beautifully on the night..
Muscadet “Sur Lie” Domaine de Grand Maison 2014, France, £13.99
Delicate aromas of stone and citrus fruit, fresh, fruity with a lasting finish. I liked the pale intensity of this wine, superb with the mussels.
Langlois-Chateau Pouilly-Fumé 2015, France, £22.99
Pale yellow with greenish hues. A fresh and intense nose of citrus, fruits and almonds. The palate is wonderfully fruity with a note of gunflint on the finish. A superb match with the goat`s cheese.
Chanson Rully Blanc, Burgundy 2014, France, £23.99
Delicate fragrances of lime blossom mixed with citrus fruit and fresh honey. Beautiful aromatic freshness. Long and crisp aftertaste with a delicate minerality. Delicious with the mushroom and pastry.
Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage “Petite Ruche”, Rhone 2012, France, £16.99
Black cherry liqueur aromas run through the heart of this savoury Rhone red. Full-bodied, complex, layered and delicious. This wine is a beauty – stylish cool-climate Syrah. Terrific with the lamb`s sweet jus.
Roda Reserva, Rioja 2011, £34.99
Profound, fruity and delicately spiced Tempranillo . On the palate it was firm with cherry-like flavours and fine-grained tannins. A serious wine, it oozes elegance and purity. We tasted this wine the lamb too. Each matched in its own way, the Syrah with the jus and the Rioja with the meat.
Turkey Flat Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2014, £38.99
Iconic Shiraz with red violets, currants, plum and liquorish. Rich, generous and structured with low yield and intelligent use of oak. This is clearly a heavy weight, still a little closed but with lots of promise.
Taylor`s Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port 2002, £36.99
Deep purple-black with narrow magenta rim. Shows some attractive bottle age on the nose. Warm plum and cherry jam on the mouth. A subtle, elegant wine. Lovely.. still so fresh.
Taylor`s 20 Year Old Tawny Port, £44.99
Opulent and voluptuous nose of complex spicy, jammy and nutty aromas. The palate is full of very rich and concentrated flavour – amazing wine.
Moules, white wine, shallots & cream
Goats cheese, beetroot, asparagus, walnut dressing
Chicken, cepes and chestnut mushroom pastry
Slow roasted lamb, bramble glaze, gratin potatoes