If you’ve ever spent any time in France, you’ll know that cheese is a vital aspect of everyday life, (honestly, this is hardly an exaggeration). I was lucky enough to live in the south of France for ten years and still come back to visit whenever I can. Just a heads up: I love cheese, whether it’s a plain cheddar sandwich, parmesan on bresaola, or cheesecake (I’ll get to this later); I love it. A few weeks ago, I was invited to a “soirée fromages” at Le Mas Candille. With an offer of a cheese-themed dinner, I was never going to say no.
Le Mas Candille is located on the hill of the old village of Mougins and prides itself on working with local businesses and providing its guests with an authentic experience. The hotel has previously done similar themed evenings, most notably a whiskey dinner with 15 different whiskies!
This time the Michelin starred 'Le Candille' restaurant, partnered with 365 Fromages from nearby Valbonne. The owner, Eric Gayraud, worked with starred chef David Chauvac, to prepare an amazing, cheese-inspired menu.
Here, Maître d'Hôtel, Sergey Ionin, presents the different cheeses and wines used in the menu:
The view from the main terrace alone takes your breath away, and that’s before sitting down to dinner. Our table was right in the windows, allowing us to marvel at the sunset as we sipped on the hotel’s custom-made champagne, cuvée Sur-Mesure Le Mas Candille, made in partnership with Domaine Duval Leroy (tip: definitely enjoy a glass before dinner: it's just sweet enough and very refreshing).
Here is the menu from the night and the wines recommended by the sommelier:
White asparagus from Provence, goat’s cheese mornay sauce with parsley, thin slices of pancetta coppata
Paired with a lovely glass of Côtes du Rhône “Blanc de Viognier”, Alain Jaume 2016
Veal tournedos, cheddar cheese and Guinness crust (so light and flavourful) with purple aubergine
Paired with Bandol château Vannières 2001
Paired with a Pouilly fumé domaine de Maltaverne 2016 (my all-time favourite)
Bourbon vanilla cheesecake, with red berries sorbet, by Olivier Roth
(The food coma set in around here)
A few days after the dinner, I went over to Valbonne to have a quick chat with M. Gayraud and to thank him once again, for his part in the soirée.
At the end of the night, my friend and I were in a total food coma. It took us about ten minutes to stand up to leave (regretfully).
The meal was amazing. It definitely was not your average cheese-tasting evening.
Each course had a different cheese and was so delicious.
Both Mr. Gayraud and chef David Chauvac did an excellent job.
As my friend Delphine put it:
“There was no better place to enjoy the wonderful wine & cheese pairing by Mr. Gayraud! While it was a cheese night, the cheese in each course was subtle and was a good complement to the rest of the dish!”
Keep an eye out for more of Le Mas Candille's themed soirées!
Keep your eye out for more special offers and events at Le Mas Candille HERE.