Food and Dourthe wines pairing

What to drink with Beef Wellington?

Dourthe recently started doing some great food pairings with Sommeliers. Today we pair the traditional and festive Beef Wellington with Château le Boscq and Grand Vin de Ricaud

Beef Wellington is a traditional dish on festive tables in Great Britain. The origins of its name dates back the Napoleonic Wars. Coming from French gastronomy, the “crusted beef fillet” concentrates rich flavours : the fillet is rounded with a mix of mushrooms flavoured either with spices, foie gras or truffles, according to the recipes, and then wrapped in a crusty paste.

Equally popular in France and in England – the first recipes appear in 17th-century records – the dish was named Beef Wellington after the battle of Waterloo, to honour Sir Arthur Wellesley, first Duke of Wellington.

Regularly revisited by famous chefs, Beef Wellington is the signature dish at Gordon Ramsay restaurants, amongst which is Heddon Street Kitchen in London. Head sommelier Gabriel Kollar is enthusiastic about Chateau Le Boscq, Cru Bourgeois, Saint-Estèphe, to accompany this savoury dish.

Photo : © Heddon Street Kitchen

Medoc Pairing

Gabriel Kollar, head sommelier at Heddon Street Kitchen about Château Le Boscq : “Chateau Le Boscq 2010 is a great valued top red St. Estephe Bordeaux. It comes from a highly acclaimed vintage and I like the ripeness and concentration of this wine. It has a perfect balance between the fruit and oaky nuances and tannins are so silky. It’s a wine that I wouldn’t mind to drink on it’s own, but if you have this wine with great food it just going towards perfection – I would even say it is gastronomic orgasm! Beef Wellington is a signature dish at Gordon Ramsay restaurants that always deserves the best ingredients and the best possible aged red wine that Château Le Bosq definitely is”

Côtes de Bordeaux Pairing

If you are keen on Côtes de Bordeaux wines, discover the charms of Grand Vin du Chateau de Ricaud. This jewel of a wine, produced in small quantities from a majority of Cabernets on a gravels, perfectly expresses the great terroir of Ricaud. Full-bodied, velvety and well-balanced, this Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux will ideally match with the rich flavours of the delicious Beef Wellington.