March 24, 2016
You can imagine that Easter is a very important holiday for the French, since the country is predominantly Roman Catholic. In fact, schools and universities in France often center their spring breaks around Easter, and working French people get a three-day weekend in honor of the holiday.
In France, it is told that flying bells, Cloches Volantes, deliver eggs the night before Easter, and children awake on Easter morning to find them hidden throughout the house or yard. Bells play a major role in the holiday, symbolizing the end of Lent and a time for celebration. You’ll often find edible chocolate versions of flying bells in candy shops, alongside Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies.
Easter day in France is usually celebrated en famille with big meals and daytime outings. A traditional meal on Easter day is quite common, and many families head to grandmere’s house to celebrate theholiday. There would of course be the traditional egg hunt, la chasse aux oeufs, followed by an Easter lunch or dinner, which usually consists of an omelette or asparagus salad to start, followed by roast lamb.
Celebrate your Sunday with Roast Leg of Lamb with garlic and lavender from French chef Daniel Galmiche, author of Revolutionary French Cooking(Duncan Baird Publishers ©2014).
Reg. $29.95 Sale Price $19.99
Paris Grocery will be closed Sunday March 27th; Open regular hours the rest of the week!
French inspired Easter Baskets? Pourquoi pas!
Paris Grocery is proud to carry a selection of Pre de Provence soaps. Made from all natural ingredients by French artisans in Provence. These soaps make fabulous gifts, and we love how gentle they are on skin! Treat yourself to a petit spring gift or toss in a loved ones Easter basket.
Reynaud Pecou (Colored Almond Dragees) $15.99
Reynaud Pecou (Almonds coated with dark, milk chocolate & nougat cream) $14.99
Pates de Fruits d’Auvergne $14.99
Callisons $ .99 each
Pre de Provence Water Lillies $10.99
Pre de Provence Guest Soap box set “Savons d’Invités” $11.99
Pre de Provence soap bars (150g) $4.99
It’s true that lamb is one of the most wine-friendly of meats, just as great with red Bordeaux and Rioja, as it is with the more fruit-driven wines from the new world. But if you’re looking for a spot-on match it’s worth thinking just how, and for how long, you’re going to cook it. Since we’ve chosen a roast leg of lamb, served medium-rare, with garlic and lavender, the way many French households would prepare a leg of lamb for a multi-generational family get-together, such as Easter lunch, we feel this cooking treatment would work better with a red Bordeaux, Cabernet or Cabernet/Merlot blend, or a northern Rhône red. Herewith, are our choices, all available at the Paris Grocery:
2009 Esprit de Pavie Bordeaux $27.99
It is a blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Supple-textured, with plenty of black cherry and blackcurrant fruit as well as a touch of earth and spice; this straightforward wine from Gerard Perse is medium-bodied, with loads of fruit. While it lacks some complexity, it is a very pleasant, juicy mouthful of wine to enjoy with roast lamb.
2011 Chateau Angludet Margaux $42.00
“Another sleeper of the vintage from Angludet, the 2011 exhibits a dark ruby/purple color as well as a sweet bouquet of licorice, spring flowers, black currants and cherries. With medium body, silky tannins, surprising stuffing and succulence, this seductive, lush, well-endowed Angludet can be enjoyed over the next decade.”90 points, Wine Advocate
2012 Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage $24.99
A collaboration between the Perrin Family, of Beaucastel, and Nicolas Jaboulet, of the Jaboulet family in the northern Rhone, this wine is made mostly from purchased grapes (The Perrins own some of the vineyards in Crozes), with the wines made using Beaucastel barrels in the north, and blended at the Perrin Family winery in the south.
“Showing more smoke, menthol, tobacco and pepper, as well as a gamey core of dark fruit, the 2012 Crozes Hermitage is balanced, medium-bodied and elegant, with vibrant acidity and fine tannin all emerging on the finish. Possibly outstanding, it should drink nicely on release and evolve gracefully for 7-8 years.” 88-90 points, Wine Advocate
2010 Domaine des Miquettes Saint-Joseph $33.00
Domaine des Miquettes was created by Paul Estève and Chrystelle Vareille in 2003 in the village of Cheminas, a small village located on the high plateau above Tournon and Secheras, two towns located in the southern part of the Saint Joseph appellation.
“Textbook Syrah aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, olive, violet and cracked pepper, with a hint of smoked meat in the background. Juicy, focused and energetic on the palate, offering vibrant blackberry and bitter cherry flavors that gain sweetness and spiciness with air. The smoky note comes back on the finish, which is framed by chewy, gently gripping tannins. If you want to show somebody what textbook northern Rhone Syrah tastes like, in a nutshell, this would do the trick.” 90 points, Stephen Tanzer’s IWC
2011 André Perret Saint-Joseph $41.00
André Perret, who’s estate is located just outside the town of Chavanay, fashions three Condrieu and two Saint Joseph reds. Perhaps more famous for his Condrieu, his Saint-Joseph wines offer tons of complexity and plenty of drinking pleasure, which would pair wonderfully with roast lamb.
“Perfumed, elegant and alluring, Perret’s 2012 Saint-Joseph smells of fresh cut roses, cherry pie, raspberries and hints of licorice. It builds on the palate and has good richness, but it shines for its elegance and subtlety. Drink it over the coming 4-6 years.”90 points, Wine Advocate
A Votre Santé!
Kelsey & Manuel