'A Winter Walk Through the Villages'
Wine Tasting Dinner
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Our first Wine Tasting Dinner of 2017 takes you on a trip through our favourite French villages, smaller appelations and some off the beaten track. Fergus will feed you as Trevor guides you through the terrain and the vineyards, assisted by guest vigneron Camille Bessou-Latrille who joins us from Jurançon for the occasion.
Camille is one of two sisters who together head up Chateau de Jurque. Our good friends' sweet wines, with which we finish the dinner, are not a product of noble rot but of a very late cold harvest. Sometimes the picking can be done in January... now that's chilly fingers!
£95 pp, all inc.
St. JOHN Maltby
So many stories to tell along the way!
We will start the journey with Limoux, in the hills south of Carcassonne on the banks of the Aude. In medieval times the disgraced monk Dom Perignon was sent north to the land of the Francs, but not before perfecting the "methode champenois". Trevor will tell you what the disgrace was (allegedly!) and also more about JL Denois, a man of opinion "but boy, he knows how to sparkle", says Mr. Gulliver.
Onward to the Jura, a little off the main stream. Trevor recently stayed at his friend Henri's house in the village of Vincelles, a somewhat rustic experience of which he will tell you more on the night! Then he'll take you to the village of Vire in the Mâconnais, sprinkled with little vegetable patches. It's a lovely spot among the golden vines in a golden autumn, but here in the winter cold the loveliest thing is this Chardonnay, offered with a good Cheddar.
And to finish, Camille will regale you with her sweet wines paired with a wobbly Custard Tart. Just what you need after a long walk.