Dom Pérignon, a wild game shoot, Lord Dashwood’s estate and a handful of the world’s top chefs. It sounds like the perfect backdrop for a mouthwatering period drama.
In fact, Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Mark Edwards (Nobu), Pascal Proyart (One-O-One), Anthony Demetre (Arbutus and Wild Honey), Eric Chavot (Brasserie Chavot) and Aaron Patterson (Hambleton Hall) – all in first picture, with Lord Dashwood – gathered back in October to create their own wild game dishes to be paired with the classic Dom Pérignon Rosé 2000 (second picture): a more delicate combination for the purists than the gout-inducing burgundy that often accompanies the season.
Now there’s a very rare chance to have a glass of the 2000 rosé (traditionally offered by the bottle) with the game dishes at these restaurants. After almost 10 years of ageing on the lees in the cellars, the fruit flavours from the Pinot Noir grapes sit well alongside the depth of taste from the meat.
Proyart, the mercurial French head chef of One-O-One, has paired the rosé with his new pheasant dish. “The lean, succulent meat and the richness of the corn truffled purée and wild cranberry-coco sauce are perfectly offset by the tangy, sweet fruitiness of the Dom Pérignon,” he says.
Graham at the Ledbury chose the delicacy of teal, declaring: “I have chosen to do a game dish partnered with dried blackcurrants and celeriac, which I think goes beautifully with the DP Rosé 2000, as opposed to a more traditional garnish.”
Other highlights include sika-venison tataki with truffles and eryingi mushroom salad from Edwards at Nobu (Park Lane and Berkeley Street); partridge, polenta, buckwheat, pears and mole sauce from Demetre at Wild Honey; and a whole game menu from Patterson at Hambleton Hall.