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Celebrate Christmas by giving an ely bar & brasserie Irish Times Rewarding Times gift voucher.
Whom ever you decide is deserving of this ely christmas gift will enjoy a delightful 3 course A la Carte dinner for 2 including a bottle of either a classic Bordeaux or Sancerre at ely bar & brasserie, IFSC. They will also be treated to a glass of Warre's Otima 10 year old Tawny Port.
Reward your family or friends by celebrating the very best of dry-aged Irish beef, fantastic fish, local seasonal vegetables and great Irish cooking at ely bar & brasserie. Knowing that the team in ely bar & brasserie will look after the lucky recipient makes this a gift worth giving.
They have sourced the 28 day dry-aged rib-eye from Danny Coogan, a fifth generation farmer in Trim Co.Meath and their vegetables are grown for them "less than an hours drive up the road", north Dublin to be precise. Their organic beef carpaccio and organic lamb hails from the Burren, Co.Clare and their fresh Irish chicken is from Mayo. The oysters, scallops, crab and fresh Irish Sea Bass are all landed by Irish boats and their executive chef Ryan Stringer is from Tyrone. The Bridgestone 100 Best Restaurants in Ireland 2012 said "Executive chef Ryan Stringer devises and cooks wonderfully smart, clean food, with ingredients that are sourced as carefully as they source their benchmark wines".
As part of this celebration of great Irish cooking ely have included two truly classic styles of wine. Choose from the 2010 Chateau Jean Faux from Sainte Radegonde in Bordeaux or a crisp 2011 Sancerre from Domaine des Brosses in the Loire, the birthplace of Sauvignon Blanc.
With a history going back to the reign of Louis XIV Chateau Jean Faux was first renovated in the 17th century and again by the current inhabitants Chrystel and Pascal Collotte in 2003.
Just outside the appellation limits of Castillon in the village of Sainte Radegonde (which is situated on the southern banks of the Dordogne river facing Saint Emilion), this property is located on fairly steep slopes dominated by pine trees, which creates a micro-climate. At the bottom of the slope is a small river that also has a tempering effect. The soils and terroir are exceptional and are planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Château Jean Faux has been organic since 2009 with the 2010 being their best wine to date. The wine exhibits rich mineral, berry and blackberry characters with dark tobacco and a full and silky finish. It's rich and plummy with a hint of aromatic spice, beautifully smooth and long and is a great introduction to what many consider to be the vintage of the decade.
Domaine des Brosses was created in 1973 by Alain Girard in the commune of Veaugues, just to the south of the town of Sancerre itself. Today the domaine is run by Alain’s two sons, Nicolas and Anthony, both of whom spent a considerable amount of time honing the craft at top wine estates around the world. The vineyard holdings cover 11 hectares today, 9 ½ of which are planted with Sauvignon Blanc. The domaine eschews the use of oak barrels, favouring stainless steel tanks in order to better retain the highly aromatic character of Sauvignon Blanc and although the vineyards are spread across 6 different sites, all the juice from the grapes is blended together, resulting in a greater overall complexity. The style of the domaine’s Sancerre is one of intense citrus fruit, blackcurrant leaves and mineral aromas with a refreshing yet quite weighty mouthfeel – style that makes it so well adapted to an array of seafood, white meat dishes and harder cheeses.
The 2011 vintage started with a very warm spring, which was followed by a cool summer. Thankfully September proved to be very good, weather-wise and the long season has given wines that have plenty of ripe fruit flavours and acidity levels that are not too marked. Overall this will make for wines that will give a lot of pleasure and are ideal for enjoying with a meal.
These are two lovely wines, both of which are available by the glass to allow our guests the freedom to enjoy both.
And finally, to say thank you for celebrating great Irish produce and cooking, ely bar & brasserie will also include a glass of Warre's Otima 10 year old Tawny Port. Warre's is synonymous with Port, being founded in 1670. The Otima, with its delightful tawny colour, has an excellent nose of nuts and mature fruit and is a light, delicate port but still beautifully rounded with a long elegant finish. What a great way to round off an enjoyable evening.
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