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Sauvignon," noted Vi Vian Woo from Vi Vian's
Food Blog. "The grassy and citrus notes
really enhanced the smoky char," agreed
Chiara Pinto of Goan to London.
Cameras were at the ready for the arrival of
huge sharing platters boasting mains of old
spot pig belly and roast Cornish monk sh,
with Jenga-like chunks of crispy potato
millefeuille, ne beans and yellow courgettes.
"I loved the pairing of the red Touraine
Les Marcottes Domaine de Pierre 2012 with
the big tastes of the old spot pig belly and
potato millefeuille," said Jess Henderson
of Jess-on-Thames. Meanwhile the meaty
monk sh in creamy cider sauce would have
been a challenge for many wines, but
Marks Spencer's Rosé d'Anjou 2014
made a happy match.
O� -dry rosés are in their element with
fruity desserts, so the perfectly baked,
buttery almond pithivier with raspberry
jam served with La Jaglerie Rosé d'Anjou
2014 was pretty much a match made in
heaven. "It paired perfectly with the red
fruit avours of the Rosé d'Anjou," said
Jason Pinto of Goan to London.
It was a perfect way to bring the
evening to a close. "Dinner turned out
to be a sumptuous a� air, featuring some
outstanding dishes paired with the mineralladen
and fresh wines of the Loire Valley.
Epic food and delicious wines," concluded
Gary Berry, The Foodaholic.
To � nd out more visit vinsvaldeloire.eu.
You can also sample Rosé d'Anjou and
Touraine wines from the Loire Valley this
summer at the Foodies Festivals in Tatton
Park (17-19 July); Edinburgh (7-9 August)
and Oxford (29-31 August).
DOMAINE BELLEVUE TOURAINE
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2014;
Fruity lime and gooseberry aromas
jump out of the glass, followed by a
juicy, ripe green fruit on the palate
with bright and zippy acidity.
DOMAINE DE L'AUMONIER,
TOURAINE SAUVIGNON BLANC
2014; £9.95, STONE, VINE & SUN
There's a mineral elegance to this
Sauvignon, alongside fresh lemon
and lime notes. The textured palate
has a touch of creamy vanilla to
balance all that zesty citrus.
DOMAINE DES ESSARTS
ROSÉ D'ANJOU 2014; £8.50,
CHRISTOPHER PIPER WINES
This pretty rosé kicks o� with red
fruit aromas of strawberries, wild
strawberries and raspberries,
before delivering a classic
ROSÉ D'ANJOU 2014;
£ 8.00, MARKS & SPENCER
A real fruit bomb that has aromas
of pink grapefruit, strawberry
and redcurrant, with ripe melon,
raspberry and more strawberry
in the mouth.
DOMAINE DE PIERRE
TOURAINE LES MARCOTTES 2012;
£9.95, LEA & SANDEMAN
A cherry nose, with fresher redcurrant
fruit, plus leather and spice. Light
tannins make an easy-drinking red
with great balance between fruit
and spicy notes.
ROSÉ D'ANJOU 2014; £7.99,
THE OXFORD WINE COMPANY
Ripe strawberry and cherry aromas
lead to a creamy palate of raspberry
yogurt and sweet strawberries,
with a hit of redcurrant and
lime Starburst on the nish.
ON THE MENU
Pickled shitake mushrooms, soy and
ginger; Mangalitsa pig rillettes, pickles
and toast; summer vegetable salad; grilled
English asparagus and garlic yoghurt;
charred vegetables, smoked
hollandaise and summer tru� e
Old spot pig belly; roast Cornish monk� sh
and cider sauce; potato millefeuille;
� ne beans and yellow courgettes
Almond pithivier with raspberry jam
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