Last night I went to Hereford Road Restaurant in Notting Hill, which is famous for its British cuisine and specialises in game and offal. We took our own wines: a Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rotie 2006 and a Clos du Marquis 2002, which were both drinking very well and paired nicely with James’ and Caroline’s venison shepherd’s pie and my potted hare leg!
Pierre Gaillard Côte-Rotie 2006
Rich and aromatic with lots of ripe red berry fruit, quite savoury with deliciously smooth ripe tannins. This bottle didn’t last very long as it was so moorish!
Clos du Marquis, St Julien 2002
Medium bodied with cassis, blackberries and mocha on the palate. Nicely structured with fine tannins, quite earthy and a touch of cedar on the finish. Very enjoyable!
By Alex Robertson