Match of the week | Braised Manx Loaghtan mutton and Crozes-Hermitage

Match of the week

Braised Manx Loaghtan mutton and Crozes-Hermitage

Last Friday I attended the Soil Association annual Organic Awards lunch at Bordeaux Quay in Bristol. The menu was based on the winning ingredients which in the case of the main course was Langley Chase organic mutton served with chard and spelt risotto.

The Langley Chase sheep are a rare multi-horned primitve breed, Manx Loaghtan (right) which have a delicate gamey flavour and proved a brilliant match with the award-winning wine, which I helped to judge: a deliciously spicy Crozes-Hermitage 'Contreforts Du Delta' 2007. It's listed by Vinceremos at £12.99 but is currently out of stock which I suppose is gratifying but frustrating if you're inspired by the award and want to try it. Another Crozes - or a St-Joseph - should work as well.

Picture by Luke Potter

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