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Cheshire Life: The world of fine wine

We were overwhelmed by this article in Cheshire Life in which Ray King describes our passion, wines, vineyard and cooking with the most lovely words.

We met Ray King in our shop in Hale with the challenge to create the best food match for our wines. Here is an extract of the article: Le Vin La Table - Hale’s French Connection in the world of fine wine published in Cheshire Life on May 16, 2013.

"Muriel’s 2010 vintage is crisp and refreshing with a delightful flowery nose and a delicious mouth-filling citrus and pear palate that was a marvellous accompaniment to Le Vin La Table’s cookery school chef Jason Palin’s steamed king prawns. Enter the era of the ‘Super Gascon’, a term equally applicable to the creamy, chardonnay-dominated 2011 vintage – terrific with Jason’s smoked chicken with its dusting of crushed star anise.

The reds impressed perhaps even more; the 2011, a harmonious, soft, richly fruited blend of malbec and cabernet franc working amazingly well with Jason’s pink slices of duck dressed with blackcurrant and soy. Top of Muriel’s range is her Grand Vin 100 per malbec, no longer the blunt tannic instrument of notoriety but as finessed as a rapier thrust from d’Artagnan - a supple red made from handpicked grapes with intense aromas of cassis, blackberry and morello cherries overlain with layers of complex spice. Bring on le rosbif!"

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