I absolutely adore roast chicken , it is one of the nicest things I can think of to eat and it really is a dish for all seasons.
In the Summer, I like to roast the bird with new potatoes around it as well. Roast new potatoes are like tiny little jacket potatoes, but, I think, even nicer.
Today, I had bought some wood-smoked garlic and I added a few cloves to the roasting dish, along with sea salt, black pepper and Herbes de Provence and a generous glug of olive oil.
We had another simple salad with the chicken and we drank a rather nice 2006 Premières Côtes de Bordeaux AOC wine from Château Camail, a nicely forward red right bank claret, predominantly Merlot-based and with a lively cherry freshness. 2006 wasn’t an easy year in Bordeaux but, if you are careful, you can find some nice wines. Generally, they will be a bit more open and ready to drink that the 2005s, which can be truly excellent wines. 2006 is a year for early drinking, I think.