In The Cellar – Summer Wines

Côtes du Rhône

In The Cellar – Summer Wines

As we leave Spring behind us, our attention turns to refreshing wines that complement our carefully constructed Summer menu.

Philippe Gilbert is among a number of our favourite wine producers who is an ardent follower of the biodynamic movement. In the appellation of Menetou-Salon, in the Loire Valley, he produces powerful and elegant Sauvignon Blancs, which are ideal for Summer drinking, particularly when paired with a dish such as the Seared king scallop with sweetcorn velouté, curried oil and samphire.?

When it comes to selecting a wine for the main course, those opting for the Pea velouté with goats curd & pea filo pastry, confit potato and grilled courgettes may be wise to also ask for a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire.

One of our youngest producers, Jonathan Pabiot?s wines are organically certified and he employs many biodynamic principles in an effort to ensure that his wines give a true representation of the magical terroirs of Pouilly-Fumé. Consistently voted among the best winemakers in France, he is being touted as the successor to French winemaking superstar Didier Dagueneau ? high praise indeed!

For the carnivores among us, the Côtes du Rhône from Domaine de la Roche Audran may be the perfect Summer red. Another of our favourite biodynamic producers, Vincent Rochette comes from a long line of grape growers rather than winemakers. In 1998, he bucked that trend by investing in a cellar and the necessary equipment to allow him to vinify his own grapes, which for five generations had been sold to other winemakers in the area. This juicy blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignan would work as the ideal partner to the Rump of lamb with boulangère potatoes, pea & mascarpone purée and black olive.

Whatever is in your glass, we hope you have a fantastic Summer!

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