We were treated to a very invigorating dinner recently at DK Steakhouse, which featured the foods of Chef Jason Miyasaki…..& the wines from TWO visitng, female French winemakers, Catherine Breton & Christine Campadieu. What a treat it was!
Catherine & Pierre own & run an 11 hectare domaine in France’s Loire Valley, with holdings in Vouvray, Chinon & Bourgueil. Amongst a myriad of soil types–gravel, clay, limestone, schist & yellow tufeau, they grow Chenin Blanc & Cabernet Franc. They were certified organic in 1991 & started down the road towards biodynamic in 1994.
Theirs are captivating, honest wines, which they breakdown into 3 categories–Natural (easy drinking/early consumption); Classic (all about typicity); & Wines of Terroir (site specific)….from their 11 hectares in Bourgueil & 5 hectares in Vouvray.
Christine Campadieu, on the other hand, has vineyards down in southern France, near the Spanish border, in the Collioure & Banyuls appellations. This area is referred to as the French Catalonia & is where the Pyranees Mountains dive into the blue Mediterranean. Their steep, rocky, terraced, schist soiled vineyards overlooking the sea, have to be done by hand as they are too steep for machinery. Furthermore, they are pounded by the fierce La Tramontage winds, making this is a very inhospitable & unique terroir. Their wines, however, are quite delicious, intriguing & surprisingly stylish. We are really enamored by them, to say the least.
Here is the menu & wine pairings—
BUTTER POACHED KONA COLD LOBSTER TAIL with house made linguine, Nalo Farms haricot verts, local red jalapeno, tossed in garlic butter & garnished with Nalo Farms mint and basil
2010 Domaine Breton Vouvray Sec “La Dilettante”
The Chenin Blanc grape variety grown in clay-limestone soils, which result in a very minerally, precise, pure, riveting white wine….REALLY ideal with lobster dishes.
GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN STYLE VINTAGE NATURAL BEEF & SHISHITO PEPPER KEBOBS—with Hamakua Ali’I mushrooms, fired roasted bell peppers & cauliflower puree
Grown on steep, schist, terraced hillsides. Interestingly, Christine told me this cuvee is comprised of 80% Mourvedre with the remainder Grenache (which is very different than what the importer notes on their website). It has to be one of the gentlest Mourvedres…which she refers to as “soft velvet”. Still…..one could readily taste, a deep, wildly rustic beast lurking somewhere deep inside/ underneath. Very provocative & intriguing, yet very delicious & sumptuous!!!!
Bourgueil is a village in France’s Loire Valley & Catherine Breton heads without a doubt one of Bourgueil’s finest wineries. Their top vineyard holding is “Les Perrieres”, which is only 1 hectare in size , 70 year old vines on a hillside.. This 1997 was sensational….dark, provocative character…sinister….sandalwood, cedar, autumn leaves, forest floor, cigar box…still lots of vigor & gusto in the core. WOW!
WARM CHOCOLATE BOMB–bittersweet chocolate cake, semi–sweet Ganache & mint chocolate chip ice cream
2010 Domaine La Tour Vieille Banyuls “Rimage”
Grenache & Carignane, grown on steep, rocky hillsides…..fortified. We recommend you serve it well chilled. You will be amazed!!!!!!