White Chateauneuf-du-Pape anyone? Asks Monique Chambers

I haven’t been to the Xara Palace since my very first review which was for MaltaToday a couple of years ago. This week I was invited to attend a dinner organised by M. Demajo  where a white Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which was fresh and interesting for me – usually a red drinker, I’m always on the look out for a good white. This will be added to the list – though not many bottles of this variety by Clos de L’Oratoire de Papes are produced. This was served with a tuna and swordfish terrine.

The big red brother came soon after which smelled of toffee apples, which are one of my favourite foods, and given a little time, was lovely and heavy. Served with a duo of lamb, it spelled the end of Summer for me, and about time too.

Even better was the Chateau de Triniac 2007, which was perfect just poured and with a selection of  cheeses which were devoured with a second glass. I could have had a third but dessert were on the way….. a trio of vanilla crepe, cinnamon meringues and a mini chocolate coulant were offered with Cazes Grenat, Ambre and a Tuile. I whipped of the neck tag of the Ambre – so  much more discreet than taking out my phone to take a picture of the label hoping I will come across it again! This time at least I know where to go to get it.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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