Grilling Season

Firing up the grill, the ultimate arrival of summer. The flames roast vegetables, meat, fish and even fruit, so delicious and natural. So often we tend to pull out the powerhouse wines from the wine cellar to match the crusty, smoky notes. At Thienpont Wine, we tend to enjoy elegant wines that enhance the rich, full flavours of the grill.

All Day Rosé

Rosé, our favourite summer aperitif but it's so much more than just that. Raise a glass with our delicate Rosé Champagne, Vincent d'Astrée. Both refined and savoury, with its appealing salmon-pink colour, it reveals aromas of red fruit such as wild strawberries and cherries in the nose, crisp and fresh at the attack with good length and minerality. However, rosé wines are not only for aperitifs. Our Tavel, Prieuré de Montézargues has a dark salmon colour that indicates its vinous, serious character. (This is the only appellation in France dedicated soley to rosé wines). Its great taste of wild red fruits; a touch of pata negra ham; some spiciness and, above all, a persistent acidity makes this wine so tasty and appetising. This is a rosé to enjoy at the table with Mediterranean dishes, seafood, fish exotic and spicy plates.

Finally, a delicious discovery: Triennes Rosé. A Provence rosé made by two superstars in the wine world. We can already imagine this wine as an aperitif with a game of pétanque, at the table with grilled seafood and spicy dishes. Perfect to enjoy in an atmosphere of friendship and pleasure.

Crisp whites

A sure-fire hit at any BBQ are grilled prawns, and everyone has their favourite recipe ranging from very natural to spicy marinades. Once again, we prefer to let the prawn stand out and the Las Tinadas by Bodegas Verum is just perfect. A remarkable wine with such salty minerality that it almost leaps out of the glass. It is a lovely blend of bright white fruit flavours coupled with notes of fine herbs and wild grasses. It will remain on your palate and your memory for a very long time.

Another favourite on the grill is fresh salmon. The full flavours of the salmon with the smoky notes taste amazing with a Belgian Chardonnay, Tout Cru from Château de Bousval. The savoury salinity and exciting fruit aromas with subtle touches of cinnamon and toast from the oak perfectly complement the grilled salmon.

Juicy reds

On warm summer evenings, we fancy easy-drinking, juicy reds that can be enjoyed slightly chilled. A great option is our Blason de Parnay, a Cabernet Franc from the Loire. A lively wine with a soft balance and a slightly spicy, fresh finish. Alternatively, a more serious option is the Garnacha from Bodegas Verum's Ulterior selection. Initially it tastes light and delicate with hints of cherries. But once you smell this delicious wine, you realise that there is so much more to it. Thanks to aging in concrete amphora, the tannins are round and silky balanced with spicy, savoury flavours.

Want to show off to your wine friends? Then we have a great name for you: Domaine du Pélican. Farmed biodynamically, this has quickly become one of the most exciting and up-and-coming domains in the Jura. Their Poulsard grapes come from old vines in Arbois, resulting in a bright ruby colour, an expressive nose balanced by juicy freshness and above all a pretty vivacity and energy on the palate. Deliciously gastronomic.

Finally, a more classic pairing, a Burgundy Pinot Noir from Château de la Maltroye. We love this wine for its easy drinking yet quite full-bodied red fruit character.

For meat lovers

With the more hearty cuts of meat, a more powerful wine with some bite is in order. To accompany a fine steak, we think of a spicy Rhone or (how can we not) a fine Bordeaux.

In the Rhone we like Jean-Louis Chave’s Mon Coeur wine made from a blend of mainly Grenache with some Mourvèdre to balance the warmth of the south. A bright ruby red colour; a sweet and fresh nose of summer berries; some smoke, and liquorice and fine floral notes. 

Looking at Bordeaux, we suggest Château Simard. A perfectly situated domain on the southern and sunny slopes of the Saint-Émilion plateau. The 2014 is now deliciously ready to drink, from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes. Fresh with supple texture, lots of beautiful red fruit and long lasting flavours.

If you decide to serve a premium cutof meat, the wine should honour it: La Gravette de Certan from the Thienpont family. This wine rivals many Pomerol wines. Bright garnet red colour; a nice structure with aromas of red fruit, some sweetness and a touch of cassis and liquorice. A great opportunity to taste the magic of the Vieux Château Certan vineyard at a fraction of the price.

We hope one of these wines will be playing a starring rôle on your terrace this summer.
If you need any help, do contact Jeroen for a bespoke proposal to suit your menu.