Take a Champagne line-up specifically created to be drunk with food, from first course to last. Match it up with the amazing talent and innovation of Chef Jon Krinn at Clarity in Vienna, Virginia. What do you get? An amazing Besserat de Bellefon wine dinner at Clarity on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at $150 per person (all-inclusive) that you will not want to miss! So simply reply to this email, call us at 703.356.6500 or stop by the store and reserve your seats right now.
The Champagne estate of Besserat de Bellefon was founded in 1843 and quickly gained fame in Paris and beyond. In 1930, the chef/owner of a famous Parisian restaurant called "La Samaritaine de Luxe" challenged Victor Besserat to create a Champagne that could be enjoyed not only on its own, but one that was creamy and substantial enough to enhance all kinds of cuisine throughout a meal.
Besserat elected to return to Champagne's past, to a time in the 18th Century when fragile bottles required the wine to be made at a slightly lower pressure (4.5 atmospheres of pressure) than the 6 atmospheres adopted in the 19th Century. The old style of Champagne was called "crémant," and Besserat christened his new line of culinary Champagnes "Cuvée des Moines" (Cuvée of the Monks) to honor the creators of fine Champagne.
The new wines were immediately successful, appearing on the lists at Maxim’s, Lucas-Carton, La Méditerranée and Prunier in the 1930s and are now found at fine restaurants around the world. For this dinner, Chef Krinn has created a feast, with each dish paired perfectly with a different style of Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines. The menu:
Baby Fennel, lemongrass and Coconut Soup
with sweet corn ice cream
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Wine Advocate 92 points)
Sous Vide Lauren Bay Massachusetts Calamari and Chesapeake Bay Crab
with mango and banana blossom
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Brut (WA 91)
Clarity’s Own Bucatini Pasta
with grilled Spanish prawn
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Extra Brut (WA 92)
Besserat de Bellefon Vintage Brut 2008
Pennsylvania Veal Loin
cumin roasted baby carrots and black truffle sauce
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Brut Millésime 2008 (WA 93)
Champagne marinated apricot clafouti custard with citrus ice cream
Besserat de Bellefon Cuvée des Moines Brut Rosé (WA 90)
If you’ve ever enjoyed Chef Krinn’s food at Clarity, Inox, or 2941 – you know the food will be brilliant. But the talent, thoughtfulness and skill of Jon and his team shines extra brightly when they are deploying his “push cooking” philosophy to drive flavor and intensity to pair fine food with great wine.
To reserve your seats, email us here at the store, call us at 703.356.6500, or stop by and let us know you’re coming. The dinner begins at 6:45pm on Wednesday, September 11, and the cost is $150 per person inclusive of tax and tip paid at the restaurant.
Champagne made for food. Food created for these specific Champagnes. A crowd of fellow wine-lovers. A representative of the winery on hand to tell you about Besserat de Bellefon and Chef Krinn stopping in to explain how and why each dish came to be. Put it all together and you’ll have a night to remember for years. Join us!