Wine Cellebration at Torpez in Saint-Tropez
This year, the Torpez cellar in Saint-Tropez decided to share these new (and sublime old) vintages with us around a dinner in 6 parts concocted in agreement with the wines by the chef Barot of La Grange des Agapes.
A beautiful evening under the sign of the art of living, gastronomy and tasting to sublimate the grapes produced in a garden of vines in the heart of Saint-Tropez of some 500 parcels. Here is a brief overview…
We started with the emblematic Cuvée Bravade Rosé 2021 with its aromas of pink grapefruit, its freshness in the mouth which went beautifully with our cocktail aperitif with Provencal declinations and its risotto with truffles from the Haut Var, a fine and delicate dish sublimated by the elegance and the light salinity of this rosé.
Then came an artichoke barigoule, red mullet fillet with pesto and its Serrano ham and anchoaide. A varied dish but where each note (saline, marine, fatty pesto …) fits perfectly with the acidic and fresh notes of the rosé and particularly those of the vintage Ultimum Rosé 2019. You will note that 2 years after its bottling this vintage had no reason to pale in comparison to the 2021! Indeed and it is a will of the cellar to make rosés of guard by using the technique of the breeding on fine lees (yeasts which allow the fermentation of the wine to make simple) and of a breeding in barrel which give roundness to the wine and allows him to be kept a little longer, the proof is!
We will also taste the famous Château La Moutte Rosé 2021, an exceptional terroir on gentle slopes facing the sea at the tip of the Cap Tropez. A blend of Grenache, Cinsault, Tibouren and Syrah and a maturation on lees will give it notes of white flowers, sweet spices in perfect harmony with the medallion of veal with fennel (one of my favorite pairing fennel-rosé) of the chef Thierry to whom I have the opportunity to call for some of my picnics!
We’ll continue with the 2019 Ultimum Blanc, 100% rolle our emblematic grape variety of the Côtes de Provence PDO for the white accompanying a goat cheese crumble perfectly spiced with honey and roasted hazelnuts reminiscent of the vanilla, hazelnut and pear spices of this vintage that deserves to age a few more years.
Finally we will finish on a chocolate note, cinnamon and caramelized pears accompany a 2014 Ultimum Rouge hold on tight! A bomb in the mouth. I would have been content to taste only the wine, even if the dessert was perfectly successful but wow very nice closing for this wine with notes of kirch, black and ripe fruits, with the smoothness and power that inspired me this evening.
I had the chance to sit at the table of the artist Jean Jacques Pigeon who created the magnificent works of art based on vine shoots and vines installed throughout the cellar.
Thank you to Torpez for this beautiful evening to discover their vintages elaborated in this brand new cellar which has been totally built 2 years ago and to be discovered for you during my 1/2 day Discovery Wine Tour on Friday morning.
See you soon and I am looking forward to the 2023 vintage party!