It’s hard to imagine the Crawleys at the dinner table during just about any episode of Downton Abbey and not seeing wine served. Without question, when Mr. Carson pulled a bottle of wine from the cellar for Lord and Lady Grantham, one could be assured it was a fine French Bordeaux, the wine of choice amongst the British nobility in Edwardian England.
Honoring those same wine-making traditions, the Downton Abbey Wine collection is crafted with premium fruit from the famed Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France by Dulong Grand Vins, a family-owned vineyard with more than 130 years of winemaking experience.
Fifth-generation winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong, whose ancestors might well have made the very wines enjoyed at Downton, has created a collection of finely balanced, elegant wines that are eminently drinkable. The Blanc is a blend of muscadelle and semillion fruit crafted to create a rich, dry white wine with a hint of tangerine and citrus and offers a perfect accompaniment to goat cheese, fish and shellfish. The Claret is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec grape varieties which reveals scents of wild berries including blackberries, raspberries and black currants with an added hint of violet and an excellent pairing with cheeses, game, grilled red meats and hearty stews.
The Dowager Countess may not have known ‘what a weekend was’, but she knew her wine. Thankfully, it was Mr. Carson serving and not Basil Fawlty at Downton.