This wine-paired dinner is going to get a lot of compliments.
And not just because of the rosé-tinted glasses.
It’s because both elements of the equation – the grapes and the grub – are going to come from Provence, home to probably the world’s highest quality rosé and some of the tastiest food in France. Or, anywhere, for that matter.
In fact, it’s being set up by Vins de Provence themselves, and it’s going to take place in Chancery Lane’s Cigalon, London’s most lauded Provençal restaurant (the Telegraph remarks on the dishes “refinement that was almost beyond food”, while the Independent lauds the wine which is “something close to nectar”). And thanks to the venue’s light, summery, pastel-hued space, and the touches of wood, brick, and verdant foliage that evoke the understated, rustic luxury of Southern France, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were actually there.
And, at least in spirit, you will be.
It’s all going down on the 27th of this month, as a welcome extension of National Rosé Day (on the 23rd). Because the star of the show will be the rosé wines, the dinner will be hosted by Master of Wine, Sam Caporn, while Cigalon’s head chef – a Provence native – will be cooking up a bespoke four-course menu, designed specifically to complement the half a dozen standout rosés selected by Sam herself. Here’s what they have in store:
- Amuse Bouche
Rosemary Focaccia & Tapenade Crostini
Tomato, Watermelon, Mint & Ricotta Salad
Grey Mullet Carpaccio, Grapefruit & Basil
- Main Courses
Grilled Stone Bass, Braised Fennel & Anchoïade
Roasted Guinea Fowl Breast, Nectarine Salsa & Panisses
Strawberries, Hibiscus & Lavender
Lemon Curd Shortbread & Meringue
The diverse line-up of rosés wines, each from different vineyards and appellations, includes Domaine Sainte Lucie, L’Hydropathe , 2017, Côtes de Provence Sainte-Victoire; Château de l’Aumérade Cru Classé, Marie-Christine, 2017, Côtes de Provence; Château Léoube, Secret, 2017, Côtes de Provence; Château La Coste, Rosé d’Une Nuit, 2017, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence; Château d’Ollières,Cuvée Classique 2017, Coteaux Varois en Provence; Miraval, 2017, Côtes de Provence – working closely with the chef, each wine will complement the flavours of the dishes.
And hopefully, the weather.
NOTE: La Soirée Rosé will take place on 27th June at Cigalon, from 7pm-11pm. Tickets cost £50 and can be purchased in the ticket box on this page. If you’d like to find out more about Vins De Provence, you can head to their Instagram HERE, or their website HERE.
Cigalon | 115 Chancery Ln, WC2A 1PP
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