Our summer picnic
Last week, we were thrilled to host a picnic with some friends in London's Regent's Park.
We treated guests to the following pours:
Lancelot Royer, Reserve RR
An amazing Blanc de Blanc with Chardonnay all from the slopes of the Grand Cru village of Cramant. Pure and clear with green apples, ginger and freshly sharpened pencils. Michel adds 30% of reserve wines aged in old large barrels to add complexity. Aged on the lees for 3 years.
Dhondt-Grellet, Dans Un Premier Temps
Adrien Dhondt is a young and up coming star of Champagne. Base vintage 2018 with 30% reserve wines from a solera kept since 1986. The solera adds a bit of maturity to this fresh zingy wine; like Emma Watson in the arms of George Clooney. It is elegant with apricots, almond skins, peach flowers and brioche.
R. Pouillon, Grande Vallee
Tangerine, cranberry, and crème fraîche aromas on the nose and a palate that's full of grapefruit, tangerine, juicy peach, and light mint complemented by an uplifting mousse
Olivier Horiot, Metisse
'Métisse' is a French slang word for someone of mixed race. In this example, he wittily named this cuveé as the marriage of the black and white Pinot grapes. It is a true masterpiece of the power and structure of pinot noir giving its fruit and structure while the pinot blanc adds the minerality and the sensational freshness and spice.
Marie Courtin, Resonance
From a single parcel in Polisot, the Résonance is vivacious and racy in its acidity and efforvescence and yet delicately balanced with peach, apricot and plum notes. Finishing with a soft earthy mushroom tone, it leaves the palate clean and wanting more.
And to eat, they enjoyed a British Charcuterie Board with pickles, Black Pudding Scotch Egg with Oxford sauce, and a traditional Ploughman's (cheddar, tomato jam, salad, beer pickled onion, honey & mustard glazed ham, Parkerhouse rolls), all of which were generously made for us by the Kitchen Table team.
The tablescaping (or picnic blanket-scaping!) was made much easier by additions from Issy Granger, who makes the most beautiful homewares (and who also generously contributed to our gift bags for guests, so they could enjoy a drink out of an Issy Granger glass at home!).
We're so looking forward to holding more in-person events, not least our bubbledogs pop up in Kitchen Table at the end of September! Make sure you're signed up to our newsletter and following us on Instagram to be the first to hear about all these events.