La Londe, ProvenceJacques Chibois, chef at La Bastide Saint-Antoine in Grasse, is one of Provence’s brightest culinary stars. Here he recommends regional rosés to go with six of his favourite dishes – with suggestions to match from the Majestic range.

Jacques Chibois in his own words

My food is individual, elegant, simple and precise. I’m inspired by the idea of combining great flavours and beauty on every plate of food I create. These are dishes you’ll never forget, dishes you’ll want to share – dishes redolent of the laid-back, sensual way of life we enjoy here in Provence.

Provence: the birthplace of rosé

With colours as sublime as a Provençal sunset and aromas as intense and perfumed as a walk in the region’s hills, the rosés of Provence are the culmination of 2,000 years of viticultural knowhow. To open a bottle is to open a door onto a world of sunshine, with pleasure in every fruit-filled sip. From strawberries, pineapple and lemon to anise, roses, orange blossom and rosemary, every wine its own personality. Those unique characters are derived from each wine’s origins in a dramatic, ever-changing landscape of hidden valleys, limestone cliffs and coastal pine forests.

The sommelier suggests…

Provence SeafoodTapas-style sautéed clams

Commanderie de Peyrassol Rosé 2010, Côtes de Provence
£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Château Sainte Marguerite Grande Réserve Cru Classé 2010, Côtes de Provence Rosé
£11.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Tapas are for sharing, as are Côtes de Provence rosés. A dish like this has vivid flavours that need the counterpoint of a punchy coastal rosé with plenty of acidity. The wine’s citrus notes explode on the palate before giving way to subtle savoury notes.

Provence AsparagusAsparagus with egg yolk and tarragon savoury custard

Berne Grande Recolte Rosé 2010, Château de Berne, Côtes de Provence
£9.99 or £7.99 when you buy 2 bottles

It takes a wine with plenty of acidity, a pronounced mineral streak and more than a hint of lemon to stand up to the strong asparagus flavours in this dish. For a Provençal rosé with these characteristics, look to the southern hills of the region.

Provence AnchoviesAnchovy fillets with avocado

Côtes de Provence Sainte Victoire 2010, Famille Negrel
£9.99 or £8.99 when you buy 2 bottles

AIX 2010, Saint Aix, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, Magnum

Make your way to the inland hills of Provence, or even the area around the Sainte-Victoire mountain, to find a wine with delicate, lacy aromas of broom and hawthorn. It’s the perfect accompaniment for the mouthwatering maritime flavours of this Mediterranean dish.

Provence ScallopsRoast scallops with carrots and lemon

Château Saint Roch-lès-Vignes 2010, Côtes de Provence
£7.49 or £6.49 when you buy 2 bottles

Château de Pampelonne Rosé 2010, Côtes de Provence
£10.99 or £9.99 when you buy 2 bottles

Despite their sweet richness, the scallops have quite a delicate flavour. So a precise, elegantly balanced rosé is needed to bring out the best in this dish. Wines from the Provençal coast show refined notes of rose petals, with tropical fruits like lychees and pineapple lingering on the palate to create a vivid contrast to the fruity, maritime flavours of the dish.

Provence MulletRed mullet fillets with lemongrass

Château Pigoudet ‘La Chapelle’ Rosé 2010, Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
£8.99 or £8.49 when you buy 2 bottles

With the savoury flavours of red mullet, we’re looking for a zesty, elegant wine with aromas of anise, liquorice and orange peel, most likely from the clay-limestone hills in northern Provence.

Provence LambSlow-cooked lamb with herbs

Les Signatures de Mont Tauch 2010, Côtes de Provence Rosé
£7.99 or £6.99 when you buy 2 bottles

The best match for this dish will be a fruity, full-bodied rosé from Provence’s inland valley, perfumed with red berries and blackberries. The long finish of such a wine will help to prolong the herb and spice notes in the lamb.

*Prices valid until 29 August 2011

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