Meet the Make Wine Dinner with Dominique Portet Wines – 21st May 2015

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On Thursday evening May 21st Lutece will be hosting the second of its “Meet the Maker” wine series dinners for 2015 featuring the wines of Dominique Portet from Victoria’s Yarra Valley and the cuisine of Romain Bapst.

French driven, top class Australian wine will dance with “La Table Bordelaise”, a regional dinner from the South West of France.

Dominique Portet is a unique member of the Australian wine industry in that he is the ninth generation of his family to be involved in wine making but he is the first of them to have his own winery and label.

His family’s traditions go back to 1698 in the Cognac region and Jean Portet.

Dominique’s training began with his father Andre, who was the vineyard and winery manager of Chateau Lafitte-Rothschild in Pauillac, one of the world’s finest vineyards. He has also done vintages in Medoc, the Rhone Valley, Provence and Moet Chandon.

Looking for his own dream he established the Taltarni vineyard in 1976 becoming a pioneer in the renaissance of the Victorian wine industry. In 2000 he finally found what he was looking for in the Yarra Valley and so was created the Dominique Portet label, “The Yarra has a charm, a beauty that engulfs you, the wines are worldly”,   “… most of all the structures remind me of Bordeaux.”

James Halliday had this to say about their product, “ … the wine has excellent length and a true peacock’s tail expansion on the finish”, and their Brut Rose NV was awarded a Gold Medal and Best in Class at the Champagne & Sparkling Wines World Championship.

On Thursday, May 21st you can try: the Dominique Portet Sparkling Rose NV, Dominique Portet Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Dominique Portet Fontaine Red (Shiraz / Cab / Merlot) 2012, Dominique Portet – Heathcote Shiraz 2012 and the Dominique Portet – Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.

These magnificent wines will of course be wedded to the exceptional culinary skills of chef, Romain Bapst. For example, ‘Boudin blanc aux girolles, noisettes et sauce aux épices’Truffled boudin blanc with hazelnuts & spiced chanterelles mushroom dressing.

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Four course dinner, appetizer and matched Dominique Portet wines for just $98.0 per person