Lock-down take 2. Day 21. 19th November 2020.

The festive 6 bottle tasting case with goodies goes live tomorrow so today I decided to make one of the recipes I provided and take pics as I went along.

Apple and cinnamon dippers with caramel au beurre salé sauce. I’m not going to give you the recipe as that’s part of the surprise for those that order the case but I was very happy with the result.

Crunchy apple pastry sticks with a rich gooey sauce. What’s not to like? Although with Covid restrictions I imagine ‘double dipping’ is off limits at the moment.

A new wine for us this evening with dinner. Vincent Giraudon’s Quercus blanc 2018. Young Aligoté vines on granite, hand picked, whole bunch pressed, fermented at 15°-20°C and then aged for 11 months in 400L oak barrels. We think this might go well with what I have planned.

Roasted belly pork with radicchio and walnuts. This dish appeals hugely to us both. Few ingredients, crispy crackling on the pork and a dressing made with the roasting pan juices and a teensy drop of sherry vinegar.

It should be made with hazlenuts and if I’m honest I think it’d be better with them but as I’m intolerant to them, they’re off the menu.

This is a big wine. Slightly cloudy in the glass with quite a rich colour it has aromas of preserved lemon and pineapple. On the palate it’s ripe and full with a slight butterscotch note and relatively high acidity (not unusual for Aligoté). Definitely a food wine. Not something to drink as an aperitif without food.

Quite a change from what we’re used to drinking. A nice change. It went well with the pork but I think it would be even better with a creamy smoked haddock gratin with cheese and cream.

If you remember Vincent is in the Côte Roannaise in the Upper Loire, far from here. Lovely wines that you should definitely look out for.