Bistro evening was held at the boutique hotel, The Great John Street Hotel, Manchester City Centre. Commanders invited a number of guests who could be interested in joining the Manchester Commanderie. The evening commenced with Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne and there was a light fresh and fruity aperitif with hints of apple and pear.
The starter was Smoked trout cake, braised red cabbage, traditional tartare sauce which was well matched with Château Reynon 2013, A.C. Bordeaux Blanc. The wine competed with a number of flavours in this dish but due to its fullness, keen acidity and bouquet of citrus fruit held its own.
The main course was Rump of lamb served pink and with Pea & mint purée, roasted carrot, red wine jus, Lyonnaise potatoes. This course was accompanied by two red wines. Both reds worked very well with the lamb. The Chateau Rauzan Segla 2004 was the clear favourite. It was beautifully perfumed with rich velvet black fruit which complimented the lamb very well. The Chateau Gruard Larose 2003 had a dark crimson colour, classic claret nose but lacked fruit on the mid palate.
Next came cheese matched with Château La Tour-de-By 2006, Cru Bourgeois, A.C. Médoc. This was a drinkable but unmemorable match.
For dessert, Bread & butter pudding with Crème Anglaise we enjoyed with Château Suduiraut 1èr Cru Classé A.C. Sauternes 2003 or 2005. Again, this was an excellent choice. The delicious, full bodied apricot sweetness worked well with the creamy pudding."
The Commanderie had an excellent evening and thanked the staff at Great John Street.