Thank you those of you who braved the storm to be with us last night. I think we all had a fabulous evening, didn`t we? Good company, certainly. Charlie on top form with his superb cuisine. Alastair waxing lyrical, very entertaining. The wines: superb. And the food-wine pairings spot on, if I say so myself. Charlie works outside the box so pairing wine and food is somewhat experimental. Nothing “text-book” here. Yet a seamless match every course and some successful contrasting as well. First the wines we tasted and then the menu, with brief comments about the food wine pairings:
Guest Speaker: Alastair Fleming – Host: Anthony Borges – Chef: Charlie Stocker
The Pick of Wines from Mentzendorff
Klein Constantia Cap Classique Brut 2009, £16.99 – aperitif
100% Chardonnay. The nose shows rich, complex brioche autolysis characters with aromas of flinty pine nuts and apples. These characters continue on to the palate, delightfully fresh, well rounded with a long creamy finish.
Cotes du Rhone Belleruche Blanc 2011, £11.99
Classic Cotes du Rhone from Le Guide Bettane and Desseauve des Vin de France “Man of the Year” Michel Chapoutier. Pale yellow in colour with aromas of green apples, hawthorns and white blossoms. Well balanced with freshness and length.
Chanson Macon La Roche Vineuse 2011, £15.99
Pale gold colour with notes of orange blossom mixed with aromas of lemon, pear and white peach enhanced by subtle mineralilty. Generous, well-balanced and unctuous with a good density. Long and citrussy after-taste.
Chanson Puligny-Montrachet 2011, £48.99
Pale gold colour with delicate fragrances of accacia mixed with citrus fruit and a hint of vanilla. Well structured with a beautiful texture, a delicate oak note and a refreshing, zesty after-taste.
Chanson Fleurie 2010, £15.99
Bright purple colour with intense aromas of red berries (raspberry), liquorice and violet plus a hint of spices. Complex, generous and well-balanced. Dense texture with fine-grained tannins. Lingering finish.
Chapoutier Crozes-Hermitage, La Petite Ruche 2010, £16.99
Complex characters of blackberry, truffle, charcoal, graphite and smoke. Full-bodied, dense and rich with remarkable intensity.
Cote-Rotie, Les Becasses 2010, £55.00
Deep purple red, has a nose of raspberry, a hint of violet, a touch of olive (tapenade) and rosemary. Full flavoured with an aftertaste of wood, spices and vanilla.
Talisman 2009, Crossroads Winery, Hawkes Bay NZ, £23.99
A seamless palate is brought to life by violet, blackcurrant and liquorice among the many flavours. Another great vintage of Crossroad’s iconic wine.
Pedro Ximenez Triana (50cl) £14.99
Opulently sweet bursting with raisins, prunes and sweet figs. Serve slightly chilled Pedro Ximenez of this quality can either be served on its own as a luxurious after-dinner drink, or as a dessert wine.
Blini, our own smoked salmon, chive clotted cream – delicious canapés with the fizz while we dusted off the long week and closed the door on the horrible weather.
Pumpkin & chilli arincini, mushroom and pearl barley soil, tarragon essence – what a fabulous starter, exquisite taste, perfect wine match the Cotes du Rhone white, both food and wine showing off the other.
Crab and squid ink ravioli, sweetcorn panna cotta, wild sea herbs – a rich second starter equalled by the richness of the wine.
Rump steak, local greens, turnips, pumpkin, smoked horseradish jus – the Crozes-Hermitage was just the ticket with the main, followed by the amazing peppery Cote-Rotie.
Epoisses, Dolcelatte, Beaufort, Goat`s cheese Rosary
Sticky toffee pudding baked Alaska, roasted pecan ice cream, muscavado meringue, apple and blackberry textures – a great version of this classic dish, lovely with the rich, viscous PX.