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I cooked a guinea fowl the other week. Stuffed to the rafters with cured ham, walnuts, raisins and parsley. It was so stuffed in fact that during cooking the stuffing burst out of its retaining cavity and made quite a mess I can tell you.

The stuffing recipe, and using a guinea fowl, came from a suggested food pairing sheet in a hamper from Petit Comptoir Francais. This is a subscription based service that dispatches a bottle or two of wine, various high quality nibbles that form the basis of a meal, a booklet detailing the region and producer and so on. The wine in my Bordeaux pack (I’m unsure which subscription level this pack falls into, there are five in all) was a stonkingly good bottle of 2010 Bordeaux red – specifically a Picque Caillou La Reserve Pessac-Leognan. The vintage was a particularly good one for Bordeaux.

A terrine, a very firm and meaty, Vigneronne aux Vendages Tardives (wine-grower’s terrine made with late harvest grapes) was the starter, the guinea fowl the suggested main and a little jar of ‘canelés bordelais’ the dessert.

“How can a Pessac-Léognan wine be described? A deep, intense crimson colour; subtle aromas, with notes of crushed juniper berries, ripe fruit, canilla, smoke, well roasted almonds;robust and full-bodied with balanced and concentrated tannins. When mature, a fine bouquet combining the fragrances of games, wood, prunes, even truffles.”

Petit Comptoir Francis

Discover a new gourmet box from Petit Comptoir Français, a start-up company founded about a year ago

The concept we offer consists of a set of 5 boxes, containing a bottle of French wine and delicacies from a specific region in France. These boxes, filled with the finest gastronomic products France has to offer, are available as a one-time purchase or as a subscription in France and Europe. The selection varies every month and is an excellent gift option, unless you would rather indulge in the delicacies yourself.

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