With the successful launch of The Week Wine Club, it was time to think of complementary endeavours, so what could be better than hold a series of Wine Club dinners?
The inaugural event was held earlier this month and we are pleased to announce that four more will be held next year sponsored by Sanlam, a leading global wealth management company. Our first dinner, was held in the private rooms of the Design Museum, which has recently relocated to the site of the old Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park, London.
Nicole Rolet presented a spectacular range of her Chêne Bleu wines from Mont Ventoux in the southern Rhône. The dinner was cooked by Rowley Leigh, one of the fathers of Modern British Cuisine, who has just taken over the Parabola Restaurant on the site. Rowley prepared canapés of Gruyere biscuits with anchovy butter and cod skin with taramasalata (Le Rosé 2016) followed by main courses of pike tourte (Viognier 2015 and Aliot 2012) and estouffade of lamb with ceps (Héloïse 2010 and Abélard 2010). Nicole gave a fascinating talk about how because of the austere condition and the height of the vineyards (up to 2000 feet), the vines roots have been found as far down as 300 feet, which results in the multitude of soil and mineral influences on the texture and aromas of the wines. They are all made on biodynamic principles with no use of pesticides.
These are very special wines, made in tiny quantities of a few hundred cases each. To commemorate this special event, The Week have combined with wine merchants Justerini & Brooks, the UK distributors of Chêne Bleu wines, to offer half cases of these rare wines at special prices, which all include free delivery within the UK.