HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR TABULA RASA MENU
Dark Valrhona Chocolate
Amid our travels to France, the art museums of Paris is always on top of our list of places to visit. I love how the Impressionists captured scenes from daily life on their canvases, leaving us with a glance into the charming world of a bygone era. Early in the morning and before the first museum visit, you will most probably find me at my favourite street café, having a coffee and croissant, watching the passers by as they scurry along the cobbled streets.
One morning a little boy in a bright blue jacket caught my eye. His parents were admiring an ancient cathedral, while he was lost in his own magical world, preoccupied with his hands full of all the treasures from a nearby patisserie. I giggled as he tried to balance everything…too many things for his little hands! It was bound to happen, and something had to give; his “treasures” ended up splattered on the pavement. The most precious being his box of chocolates…
Then it struck me, it was moments like these that the artists of Paris captured! I could not resist and had to bring that moment in time to your plate…
REDISCOVERING CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE WITH DOMAINE DE BEAURENARD
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a village located in the Southern Rhône Valley, in France. The name refers to the chateau, completed in 1333, that was built just outside Avignon as a summertime residence for Pope John XXII, who, like his predecessor, Pope Clement V, spent his summer retreats in the castle, now known as Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The papacy discovered the region’s exceptional terroir and promoted the planting of quality vines on the slopes near the village of the château.
Today, Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC makes up approximately 3 200 ha of vineyards. The AOC allows a blend of up to 13 different grape varieties in its red wine as long as the blend remains predominantly Grenache.
The Coulon family has farmed the area named “Bois Renard” since 1695; seven generations of dedication, meticulous care, and excellence. The winery is now run by brothers Frédéric and Daniel Coulon. We were extremely honoured to welcome Antonin Coulon, the son of Daniel Coulon, and the eighth generation, from the legendary Domaine de Beaurenard to Restaurant Mosaic for a weekend-long celebration of their Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines. Due to popular demand and limited seats available during our tastings, we started the celebrations with an informal event during dinner on Friday evening where we tasted seven great wines from the Domaine de Beaurenard range while enjoying Chantel’s new Tabula Rasa Menu.
We began with the Domaine de Beaurenard Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2013 and Antonin explained more about the making of the wine while guests enjoyed their amuse bouches. A wine filled with finesse, elegant, floral and fruity flavours; it epitomized the diversity of the allowed white cultivars used for the production of this blend: Clairette / Bourboulenc / Roussanne / Picpoul and Picardan.
Antonin then introduced the Domaine de Beaurenard Boisrenard Blanc 2012 with our first starter – Tidal Pool. A medium-bodied, juicy wine with notes of pineapple, apple tart, chamomile and honey blossom, made from vines of 6 different grape varieties ranging in age from 60 to 100 years old that are co-planted on complex soils, creating the backbone of this magnificent white wine.
Soon it was time to move on to tasting a range of red wines from the 2005 vintage, starting with the Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues Rouge 2005 – a wine that Antonin explained is a reflection of the vintage rather than the terroir. Concentrated with naturally dense tannins, the wine was not lacking in finesse and elegance. Next, we had the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2005, which are made from vines that are 45 years old on average – it has excellent concentration and lush tannins for the vintage with a round, opulent mouth feel – we all agreed that it was a wine that will age well for another decade, or more. The last of the 2005 vintage was the Boisrenard Rouge, from parcels of old vines 60-100 years of age, it exhibited fresh cherry and boysenberry flavours, sweetened by vanilla oak and candied liquorice notes. These were simply gorgeous wines, beautifully showing the elegance and the ageing potential of the range of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines.
As a final treat Antonin presented the last red wine of the evening, the Rasteau Rouge 2012 – a complex and full-bodied single vineyard wine, focusing on the spices and scents of scrub, specific to this area. The guests all agreed that the wine indeed showed beautifully with the 36-month-old Comté cheese course – a treat not to be missed! We concluded the evening with the only sweet wine made by the Domaine (and only rarely!), the Naturel Grenat 2011 – a 100% Grenache, heady with an opulent sweetness, aromas of black fruits, figs and balsamic with great balance between the fruit flavours and spicy notes.
On Saturday morning Antonin hosted a formal tasting event for our wine connoisseurs with a tutored tasting of 3 different flights; tasting a total of seven wines followed with a further seven wines during lunch. His remarkable energy and passion for winemaking resonated with the guests and set the pace for an enjoyable morning with some incredible wines.
First up he compared the 2012 and 2005 vintages of the Rasteau Les Argiles Bleues Rouge, showing the evolution of the wines with the freshness of the fruit flavours still very present in the older vintage and we were astounded at the sheer complexity of both these wines.
Next was a comparison of the same vintages of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge. While the 2012 delivered the classic Coulon style of vivid loganberry, blackberry and raspberry fruit, the 2005 offered more complex notes of white chocolate, black cherry, roasted herbs, pepper and espresso.
The last flight compared the Boisrenard Rouge 2012 and 2005 vintages, from this co-planted plot of which the actual varietal proportions is guessed at around 70-80% Grenache, the remainder of mixed cultivars. The 2012 was deep and rich, yet still relatively approachable given its overall polish and elegance, while the 2005 offered a striking array of red and dark berries, flowers and garrigue.
The Saturday morning tasting was followed by a lunch specially prepared by Chantel to pair with a further selection of the Domaine de Beaurenard range. We were truly humbled by Antonin’s enthusiasm and respect for the history of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and his family’s heritage, as well as his vision for the future.
The Mosaic staff extends our thanks and gratitude to Antonin for his time spent with us, as well as the rest of the Coulon family for making this weekend possible. It was truly an event that will remain one of the highlights of the 2017 calendar at Mosaic!
We can sum it up by an email received from one of the guests after the event:
“It was a great day – the best ‘professional/work day’ I have had in many years! From the tasting led by Antonin, Chantel’s beautiful creations and the company at lunch. I must say, from about halfway through lunch, the whole table were all chatting like old friends and it was good to chat to Antonin further (thank you for the table placing).”
CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY AT MOSAIC – 14 MAY 2017
We invite you to a celebration of the Mothers in our lives with a
It is the one Sunday she should not have to cook
– join us as we honour these wonderful women!
Sunday, 14 May 2017
12h00 for 12h30
CHEF OF THE YEAR COLLABORATION AT MOSAIC
Be sure to make your reservation for an unforgettable culinary feast when 2016 Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year, Gregory Czarnecki and 2014 & 2009 Eat Out S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna Chef of the Year, Chantel Dartnall join creative forces in the Mosaic kitchen.
There are only a few tables still available for dinner on Wednesday evening 24 May and Thursday evening 25 May 2017. The event is priced at R2 200 per person, with a non-refundable 50% deposit upon reservation.
“Inspiration can be found everywhere; we are surrounded by it, from the seasons to paintings and flower arrangements. From fallen leaves to a certain colour palette or a fruit, anything can bring me inspiration.”
– Gregory Czarnecki
DID YOU KNOW?
Oyster leaf, or “Mertensia maritima” is a species of flowering plant in the borage family, and also goes by the common name of oysterplant or sea bluebells.
“It was on one of our trips to France where I tasted Oyster Leaf for the first time. I was struck by its amazing oyster flavour and the briny ocean taste captured my imagination. During the planning stages of the Tabula Rasa Menu, I knew this aromatic leaf would be the perfect choice for my “Where The River Meets The Ocean” dish”, explains Chantel.
These smooth, green leaves, no larger than an outstretched hand, releases a rich, creamy oyster flavour with a fresh touch of minerality exploding in your mouth when you bite into it. For years, the plant was a foraged rarity. It grew wild only along the coast of Scotland and some of the British Isles. Thankfully, farmers began to cultivate the leaves and it is now more freely available.
Join us for an authentic Spanish wine tasting experience!
– FULLY BOOKED –
The renowned Bodegas Carmelo Rodero is a family owned winery in the Ribera del Duero D.O. Being aware that a great wine is based on the quality of the grapes, Carmelo Rodero decided to bet on his future and founded Bodegas Rodero in 1990.
His first 50 hectares grapes were sold to the mythical winery Vega Sicilia for 14 years. He is particularly proud that since the first vintage in 1991, all his wines have been awarded at fairs and tastings worldwide for their outstanding quality.
Carmelo always vinify by plot, so that each varietal and each soil may express all the different nuances. His daughters, Beatriz and María, are also involved in the winery, with the same passion for the vineyards and wines as their father. Today he owns approximately 120 hectares of vineyard, some of them aged over 80 years old! Let us take you on their journey…
…some of the award winning wines that you can look forward to tasting is:
• Crianza 2008
• Crianza 2012
(a gold medalist at the Bruxelles Concourt Mondial and best overall Spanish wine in 2015)
• Limited Edition Reserva 2007
• Limited Edition Reserva 2009
• Limited Edition Reserva 2010
• TSM 2006
• TSM 2009
• TSM 2011
(Great Golden Zarcillo 2015 at the International Wine Contest)
• Viñas de Valtarreña 2004
• Pago de Valtarreña 2009
5 May 2017
R2 500 per patron including dinner and wine pairing.
Arrival Time:17h30 | Tasting: 18h00 | Dinner: 20h00
SAVE THE DATE
FATHER’S DAY – 18 JUNE 2017
ART @ THE ORIENT
The latest addition to our growing Art Collection:
In Greek mythology, Andromeda was the daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of the kingdom Ethiopia. Andromeda’s mother, Cassiopeia, boasted that her daughter was more beautiful than the Nereids, Poseidon’s sea nymph companions.
To punish the queen for her arrogance, Poseidon, brother to Zeus and god of the sea, sent a sea monster named Cetus to ravage the coast of Ethiopia including the kingdom of the vain queen. The desperate king consulted the Oracle of Apollo, who announced that no respite would be found until the king sacrificed his daughter, Andromeda, to the monster. Stripped naked, she was chained to a rock on the coast.
Perseus, son of Zeus, was returning from having slain the Gorgon Medusa. After he happened upon the chained Andromeda, he approached Cetus while invisible (for he was wearing Hades’s helm), and killed the sea monster. He set Andromeda free and married her in spite of her having been previously promised to her uncle Phineus.
Through the ages Andromeda has been represented in many sculptures, Tienie chose to capture the fair maiden in the midst of her peril – nude and chained to a rock she is weakened by fear as she awaits her imminent demise in the sea monster’s slavering jaws. The chains around her wrist pull her arms apart and back towards the rock, thereby preventing her from using her hands to protect her breasts and belly from the eyes of the spectator.
Andromeda’s head is bowed down, hanging in disbelief of the situation. Her body is a curving asymmetrical arrangement, emphasizing her grief-stricken mood. Flowing hair shelters the warm tears rolling down her face. Within her shy demeanour there is a beautifully balanced contrast between the rocky outcrop and the smooth and curvaceous limbs of her body.
The sculpture represents a dialogue between the elements interwoven in mythology and portrays the fragile relationship between man and nature.
FUTURE DATES FOR 2017
5 May 2017
Carmelo Rodero Gourmet Tasting & Dinner
24 & 25 May 2017
Gregory Czarnecki & Chantel Dartnall Collaboration Dinner
18 June 2017
Father’s Day Lunch
Chantel, Mari, Germain and the Mosaic Team