Meet the Maker’s Dinner series Les Champagnes Collet – Ay en France & the Last Manjimup Black Truffle of the Season

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On Thursday 13th & Friday 14th September 2018 at Lutece Bistro, Romain will match Champagne Collet & 5 courses with the “Diamant Noir” (the black diamond)

The Manjimup Black Winter Truffle
The Oak Valley property is situated near the intersection of Seven Day Road and Appadene Road, approximately 10km south-west of Manjimup. The Oak Valley property was selected for the trufferie because the region has a similar climate to the truffle-growing regions in France. The property is located close to the existing trufferie at Hazel Hill. which is now successfully producing truffles. Oak Valley is an undulating property previously used for cattle grazing, and adjoins a state forest. The property is comprised of 88ha of cleared land and another 40ha of land under native vegetation. Adjoining the property to the north-west is a dam, which provides the town water supply for Manjimup.

The black truffles characterized by a subtle aroma& an earthy flavour reminiscent of a rich chocolate. They reach their pinnacle of fragrance & flavour end July /August. Like other varieties of truffles, black truffle (Tuber Melanosporum) grows beneath the surface of the soil among the root systems of specific types of trees and develops a symbiotic relationship with those trees, which primarily consist of oak, but also beech, hazelnut & chestnut.

Champagne Collet 100 years of history – The history of COGEVI is that of the oldest cooperative in Champagne. This story is intertwined greatly with that of the Champagne region and its precious nectar ‘Champagne’, COGEVIs history spans a century and carries with it a major part of the founding history of the Champagne appellation.

It is in the spirit of protection and independence of winemakers who were facing counterfeit trading during the early twentieth century that COGEVI (cooperative general winemakers of champagne delimited) was founded in 1921. For nearly a century, six generations have never stopped fighting to proclaim the quality of their land and protect their know-how, offering constantly their greatest effort to the quality and image of CHAMPAGNE COLLET.

Since 1921, Champagne Collet has elaborated champagnes of true character in order to satisfy a clientele of discerning connoisseurs, who look for champagne based upon its authenticity, elegance and finesse. Based in Ay at the heart of Champagne, Champagne Collet sources predominantly from a supply of Premier and Grand Crus, and as a result, reflects the diversity of terroirs within Champagne. Champagne Collet has been developed so that it matches perfectly all occasions, from everyday moments to the most sophisticated of dining experiences.
To Celebrate the last Black truffle of the season here’s just a taste of what is in store for the night by chef Bapst; The lobster truffle soup – fresh pasta, Lutèce “fried egg” – Le Tournedos Rossini, Black Angus beef tenderloin, warm foie gras & to finish of the sweet note: Pithiviers, Granny Smith, frangipane, vanilla bean ice cream & the black truffle


When: Thursday 13th & Friday 14th September at 6.30pm for 7pm
The 5 course “Truffle Dinner”, appetiser & a glass Champagne on arrival & matching French Wines 175.00
The 5 course “Truffle Dinner” appetiser & a glass Champagne 130.0
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