A Valentine’s dinner at Versailles, courtesy of Alain Ducasse

A six-course banquet at the 17th-century château

The royal table
The royal table | Image: Atelier Mai

With February 14 coming into view, there’s good news for anyone looking for a Valentine’s experience fit for a king or queen. Chef Alain Ducasse is creating a six-course dinner dedicated to Saint Valentine at his restaurant in the beautiful 17th-century Château de Versailles just outside Paris.

Royal court of Versailles
Royal court of Versailles | Image: Christian Milet

The Versailles Valentine Dinner (from €350) is designed to showcase the finest seasonal French products, and promises to be a banquet of which Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette would approve. A starter of sea urchin royale and crab will be served with Pommery Apanage Rosé champagne, followed by first green Provence asparagus with a wine mousseline, accompanied by a 2015 Condrieu Rouelle-Midi Vallet from the Rhône, while line-caught seabass and tender chicory will be paired with a 2012 Chablis Grand Cru Les Vaudésirs Domaine Long-Depaquit. A main course of truffled corn-fed chicken and winter vegetables with an Albufera sauce will be accompanied by a 2013 Château Ducru-Beaucaillou Saint-Julien. Then will follow a pink grapefruit vacherin served with champagne, and finally a Louis XIV praline and passion fruit dessert, with a 2014 Mas Mudigliza Maury sweet wine from the Roussillon region.

Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse | Image: Patrick Tourneboeuf
The cocktail tartuffe
The cocktail tartuffe | Image: Atelier Mai

Tables will be elegantly dressed with Limoges china and Venetian-style glassware, as used at the court of Louis XIV, and the sommeliers and waiting staff will be in costume to add to the magic of the evening. And guests can round off the night with a stay at the luxurious Trianon Palace Versailles (from €289), a Waldorf Astoria hotel set in woodlands on the edge of the royal estate.


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