Sunday evening roast chicken
A simple classic roast tonight; a free-range chicken, stuffed with lemon thyme, and roasted in olive oil and served with new potatoes, roasted baby leeks and carrot batons cooked en papillote with honey, white wine and butter, served with gravy made from the pan juices.
It was a light roast, not a heavy Autumn/Winter roast and the lemony herbal flavours had a nice Summery note.
To drink we had a classic Right Bank claret, a Domaine Chante Alouette Cormeil St Emilion Grand Cru 2007 from Laithwaites.
This is a predominantly Merlot wine, with around 9% Cabernet Franc, hand harvested and with 12 months ageing in French oak barriques. It is still pretty young, but quite open and has a dry dark cherry fruitiness and some acidity on the palate with a softness on the follow through.
I have referred to this wine before and I feel certain that it has the capacity to become a very enjoyable wine for most occasions.