10 March 2013

Rolland and Rhubarb

Sauternes from Chateau de Rolland was the perfect match for Rhubarb Millefeuille at DiscoverVin's Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Dinner at Bistro Vue.
The 2007 Chateau de Rolland from Sauternes with intense fruit flavours and a crisp dry finish matched perfectly with the rhubarb.  
The rhubarb, freshly harvested by the Chef, from the gardens at Burnham Beeches was served with light puff pastry.  The rhubarb was presented three ways, a puree on the pastry, poached and small slices which had been dried using a cryovac process.  Amazing flavours perfect with the wine. 

The wine is a classic sauternes from an up and coming small producer. It has a nice golden colour and intense aromas of dry fruit such as apricots and figs with soft spices. On the palate, the wine is very elegant and well-balanced. Crisp, minerals and clean botritys. A fantastic sweet wine!! 2007 was a difficult/patchy year for some red producers but was very good for the dessert wines of Sauternes/Barsac. One of France's main wine guides Gilbert & Gaillard gave this wine 90/100 and described it as.. " Golden hue. Intense nose mingling dried fruit, citrus and exotic fruits (mango, pineapple). Abundant freshness on the palate tones down the concentration. Long-lasting aromas, simultaneously exotic, crisp and spicy."

All in all a great dish, great match and a great finish to a wonderful Melbourne Wine and Food Festival event.



8 March 2013

DiscoverVin Left Bank vs Right Bank Dinner at Bistro Vue

As part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival DiscoverVin hosted a food and wine dinner at Bistro Vue on Tuesday 5 March 2013.  Welcome to Earth was the theme for this year's festival.  The earth nourishes us - it's the source of all our food and wine.
DiscoverVin presented wines to highlight the contrasting terroirs of the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux. Succulent Merlot based wines from Right Bank producers Chateau Dassault 2006 and Chateau D'Aiguilhe 2008 grown on the clay/limestone plateau of Saint Émilion and Castillon. Rich Cabernet based wines from the Medoc on the Left Bank of the deep gravel beds of the Gironde Estuary (Vivens 2005 and Amiral de Beycheville 2008 ).  
Melt in your mouth Slow cooked Flinders Island Salt Bush Lamb
The four course menu produced by Chef Chris and the Bistro Vue team was inspired by classic French dishes from the Bordeaux, given a modern twist.  Produce from the Vue Group gardens of Burnham Beeches in the Dandenongs featured on the menu.
 
 

Asparagus and Loire Sauvignon Blanc

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