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  • Jancis Robinson
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  • Jancis Robinson
10 Sep 2007

You may remember that purple pager Roger Jones of the Michelin-starred Harrow at Little Bedwyn kindly offered lunch for six in aid of Wine Relief earlier this year.

 

The winning bid came from John Parr of Cheltenham and the lunch itself took place on Friday when John, two of his dentist colleagues and I enjoyed the following stunning meal on a beautiful late summer’s day in the country. (Roger very kindly offered to allow John to redeem the outstanding meals another time.)

 

Steak Tartare, Foie Gras Toffee

Jasper Hill, Georgia’s Paddock Riesling 1998

 

Cured Wild Scottish Salmon, Wasabi & Cucumber Sorbet

Moss Wood 1999 Semillon

 

Isle of Scilly Lobster, Caramelised Pork

Christian Barossa Chenin Blanc, Rusden 2004

 

Foie Gras, Scallop & Black Pudding

Viognier by Farr 2001

 

Carpaccio of Venison, Truffles and Japanese Mushrooms

Merricks Creek Close Planted Pinot Noir 2004

 

Tasting of Welsh Mountain Lamb

Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon 1995

 

Roast Breast of Grouse, Parsnip and Date Puree

Kay Amery Block 6 2004 & Amon-Ra 2002

 

Berkswell Blue Cheese

Hobbs Single Vineyard Grenache 2003

 

Rhubarb & Cream

Cullen Robinsons Retreat Riesling 2000

 

Asian Rice Pudding, Cardamom Ice Cream

Tamar Botrytis Riesling 2005

 

Coffee & Chocolates

Krug 1996

 

www.theharrowatlittlebedwyn.co.uk

 

 

Before lunch we all took part in a very illuminating tasting of some of Australia’s finest Chardonnays on which I will be reporting in detail soon. Highlights on the plate for me included that toffee foie gras which owed much to a savagely reduced Alvear PX 1927, the lobster and the crisp yet fatty roundel of lamb. Other highlights were both Moss Wood wines, the Viognier that was still in great shape, the Tamar Ridge, the Krug and the sleep on the train home.

 

Thank you, John, Roger and especially Roger’s wife Sue who served us such a complicated meal with impeccable efficiency, warmth, knowledge and a dazzling array of Riedel decanters.