Wine Dinner with Domaine du Pas L’Escalette at Del Ray Cafe

March 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Del Ray Cafe
205 E Howell Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
Wine Dinner with Domaine du Pas L'Escalette at Del Ray Cafe @ Del Ray Cafe | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

“Since 2002, Julien Zernott and Delphine Rousseau have farmed spectacularly steep, chalky stone terraces high above the river Orb outside Pegairolles de l’Escalette (population ca. 150), on the western rim of the Terrasses du Larzac. And “spectacular” is hardly an exaggeration to describe the wines I tasted in this young couple’s superbly-equipped new winery.The farming is organic, leaning towards bio-dynamic, and the fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. Spread across the Orb’s wide gorge and comprising the estate are both east- and west-facing parcels, which benefit (truly!) from a corresponding limitation on either afternoon or morning sunlight, accentuating the effects of lower temperatures and higher rainfall found here than elsewhere in the Languedoc. Rigorous triage of fruit from vines averaging 45 years in age (their 60 year old Carignan are not the ones Zernott and Rousseau refer to as “vieilles vignes”!) and spontaneous fermentation in large wooden (tapered-sided) “tronconique” are the norm, with stainless steel relegated to assemblage and the production of a little rose. Zernott and Rousseau both arrived here from their native Loire, and he reports having had responsibility in the cellar of Henry Pelle for 16 years, though in that case it seems as though he must have begun working there as a child!” – Wine Advocate

Ze Rosé, 2015

First Course
Artichoke Hearts & White Asparagus Barigoule with White Wine
Les Clapas Blanc, 2014

Second Course
Guinea Hen Breast stuffed with a Truffle Chicken Mousse, Sauce Perigord
Les Clapas Rouge, 2014

Main Course
Duck Leg Cassoulet with Pork Belly, Garlic Sausage and Cannellini Beans
Le Grand Pas, 2013

Roquefort, Tomme des Pyrennees
Le Pas de D, 2012

$89 plus Taxes & Gratuity
When reserving, please write “Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette dinner” in the reservation notes (link above).

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