BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGE NOUVEAU AUTUMN SUPPER
MARYLEBONE W1 SHOP
THURSDAY, 20 NOVEMBER 2014
£70.00pp including wines
The Christmas lights go on in Marylebone the night before our Beaujolais supper, so LA FROMAGERIE will have a distinctly festive feel about it. The Beaujolais always marks the start of the festive season for us, and what better way to celebrate than with a hearty autumn supper paired with Beaujolais Village Nouveau.
Beaujolais has always made a vin de l'année to celebrate the end of the harvest, but until after WWII it was only for local consumption. In fact, once the Beaujolais AOC was established in 1937, AOC rules meant that Beaujolais wine could only be officially sold after the 15th December in the year of harvest. These rules were relaxed on 13th November 1951, and the Union Interprofessionnelle des Vins du Beaujolais (UIVB) formally set 15th November as the release date for what would henceforth be known as Beaujolais Nouveau.
A few members of the UIVB, saw the potential for marketing Beaujolais Nouveau. Selling wine within weeks of the harvest was great for cash flow. Hence the idea was born of a race to Paris carrying the first bottles of the new vintage. This attracted a lot of media coverage, and by the 1970s it had become a national event. The races spread to neighbouring countries in Europe in the 1980s, followed by North America, and in the 1990s to Asia. In 1985, the date was changed to the third Thursday in November!
Charcuterie, Radishes, Poilâne & Bordier Butter
Escargots Anglais with Parsley & Garlic Crumb, Roast Bone Marrow on Toast
Coq au Violet
Marinated with the Beaujolais Village Nouveau
With Mashed Potato & Seasonal Greens
A Burgundy Cheese Plate
Tutored by Patricia Michelson
Baked Pear with Cinnamon Palmier, Prune & Armagnac Ice cream
For further information or to book tickets, please telephone LA FROMAGERIE: 020 7935 0341
Drawings by Mary Blake.