Match of the week | Roast veal and Gevrey-Chambertin

Match of the week

Roast veal and Gevrey-Chambertin

My general rule is not to buy burgundy or other expensive wines on a wine list because the mark-ups are just too painful but celebrating a friend’s big birthday at Bouchon Racine in London the other day it proved too hard to resist.

We’d chosen a sharing plate of best end of veal with morels and pommes mousseline (buttery potato purée) and were looking at light reds such as Beaujolais but kept being drawn back to the higher reaches of the list. Eventually we couldn’t resist a 2021 Frédéric Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes which sounded rather too young to drink but we hoped would hit the spot as indeed it did.

It was heady and fragrant, full of wonderfully pure fruit which showed off the delicate flavour of the veal and morels and an unctuously creamy sauce.

Sure, it would have been more affordable if I’d cooked for my friend or he for me and one of us had brought along a older bottle but then neither of us would have got our hands on such amazing ingredients and cooked them as well.

You can buy the wine from Yapp Brothers for £56 t which is obviously not cheap but not bad value for burgundy, especially Gevrey.

Occasionally it’s good just to splurge.

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