- Frogs Attack
April 10, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
A friendly dinner series / collaboration with Le Caveau Wine Merchants and Anthony Cointre. With visiting natural winemakers Agnés and Jean Foillard and Thierry Puzelat
Le Caveau presents an exclusive evening event focusing on minimal intervention wines and no frills seasonal French cooking, with a lot of heart. Antony Cointre, the Flying Cook, will be accompanied by his friends: natural winemakers Agnès and Jean Foillard from the Beaujolais region; Thierry Puzelat from the Loire Valley, as well as the writer, comedian and wine enthusiast Sébastien Barrier.
The dinner which will take place in The Fumbally Café will feature a six-course tasting menu prepared by Antony, alongside a choice menu of wines from the winegrowers.
All wine will be available at cost price for the night.
The Frogs will be attacking Cork two days later on Thursday 12th April.
If you can’t make it to Dublin and want to catch them in Cork please contact L’atitude 51 directly for more info.
Virtually self-taught, Antony Cointre fell in love with feeding others as a wee boy, while at the table of the Sarthe legend, Jeannette Rabache. Madame Rabache served market-fresh feasts well into her 90s, welcoming everyone with equal warmth and bounty. Carrying the sensations of those meals, Antony found himself in the mythicized kitchen of Raquel Carena at the Parisian cult bistro – Le Baratin.
Antony’s cookery is sensual and is rooted in the essential: the best ingredient in season. He prides himself on bringing the French bistro attitude towards cuisine into contexts otherwise longing for another degree of quality, and roots his dishes in a balance of flavors of three components – max.
A seeker of truth through wine-related enlightenment, Antony is a devotee to artisanal winemaking. Favoring the small producers who harvest and treat the fruit as has been done for centuries with minimal intervention. He is the founder the annual natural wine festival ViniCircus in Brittany.
Jean and Agnès Foillard took over his father’s domaine in 1980 and are one of the most well-known names in natural wine. Greater part of their vineyards are planted on the Côte du Py, the iconic slope outside the town of Villié-Morgon and the pride of Morgon.
Their approach to winemaking allows the Foillard Morgon to express itself naturally, as it should be without the bubblegum and banana aromas of so many other Beaujolais available today. Its rustic structure, spicy notes, and mineral-laden backbone are what real Morgon is all about. It is the passion and dedication of winemakers such as Agnès and Jean that have brought pride back to the crus of the Beaujolais.
Since the 1960’s, Monsieur Puzelat Senior was making his own selections of vines to replant, leaving his sons Jean-Marie and Thierry to cultivate varieties of Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Menu Pineau (or Arbois), Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Côt (or Malbec).
Jean-Marie was joined on the estate by his younger brother Thierry in the early 90’s and they began converting their vines to organic viticulture after Thierry had the opportunity to meet and taste the wines of François Dutheil and Marcel Lapierre whose wines vinified without any trickery or additives convinced him immediately to go full on ‘natural’.
The two brothers are natural wine rock stars today. They are making some of the Loire’s most interesting wines and are the heart of the natural wine movement. A visit to their cellar feels like a tour de France of varietals, each wine with its distinct personality, lovely label and name. Some cuvées are so small that there is never enough to go around…
Sébastien Barrier is an iconoclastic preacher, lecturer and talented poet. He fell in love with natural wine while performing at the annual natural wine festival in Brittany – ViniCircus. Not only did he go crazy for the beautiful juices, he fell head over heals for the large family that make-up the natural wine world.
To taste a natural wine in the company of Sébastien Barrier is to laugh in the face of oenological considerations, to open up to discussion without moderation, to compare the aromas of the Loire terroir to the delicacy of papuan rites, the chemistry of Jules Chauvet to the controversial theory of open-faced polygamous celibacy, the obstacles of an agonizing morphine addiction to the complexity of the digestive system of the Japanese, all interspersed with tales of drunken stupors, and meditations on our need to belong.