Monday, 2 October 2017
Bon Laboureur@Chenonceaux – another fine lunch
2014 Négrette, Le Rocher des Violettes, Xavier Weisskopf
We enjoyed another excellent lunch today at Le Bon Laboureur in Chenonceaux – again taking the 32€ menu – three course but lots of extras – making it really excellent value. To drink we had as an apéro Xavier Weisskopf's lovely 2014 Montlouis Négrette, which comes from a parcel of vines that are at least 80 years old. Négrette here is the parcel of vines not the grape variety that is found in Fronton as well as the Fiefs Vendéens. The 2014 is wonderfully clean with a touch of roundness to it.
With the first course we opted for the stylish 2015 Menetou-Salon from Isabelle and Pierre Clément – nicely ripe, crisp citric Sauvignon Blanc. For the mains we stayed in the Central Vineyards taking the 2014 Sancerre Rouge from Domaine Vacheron, which worked well with both the fish and the lamb: delicate enough for the sea bream while having sufficient body for the lamb.
Fricassé of cèpes
Salad of white beans and rillons
2015 Menetou-Salon, Isabelle et Pierre Clément, Châtenoy
72-hour slow cooked lamb
2014 Sancerre, Domaine Vacheron
Pre-dessert mandarins on a chocolate biscuit