Constance sommeliers trained by leading winemakers Thierry Germain and Stephane Derenoncourt

As part of our exciting Art de Vignes week our sommeliers had the wonderful opportunity of receiving training from Thierry Germain and Stephane Derenoncourt.

Sunset at North Beach

Sunset at North Beach

One of the world’s leading wine consultants and producers, Stephane Derenoncourt of Domaine de l’A was keen to talk about the benefits of Biodynamic wine producing techniques.

Thierry Germain, of the acclaimed domaine de Roches Neuves, is also an advocate of Biodynamic farming and explained to our sommeliers how he used his vineyard’s natural resources without pesticides and synthetic fertilisers to cultivate the highest quality grapes.

Wine menu

In honour of their visit Chef Aviraj collaborated with the sommelier team to create a menu based around the wines of Domaine des Roches Neuves.

  • Chef Aviraj aperitif selection – served with Samur, Bulles de Roche, 2010
  • Chilled red mullet fillet, green apple and citrus cigar – served with Saumur, L’insolite, 2011
  • Lightly smoked ‘bourgeois’ fish wrapped in Serrano ham, breadfruit scoop, glazed vegetable and red wine sauce – served with Saumur Champigny, La Marginale, 2010
  • Cherry surprise – served with Saumur Champigny, Terres Chaudes, 2011

More about Biodynamic wine growing

The term ‘Biodynamic’ refers to an agricultural movement defined by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in the 1920s. The goal of biodynamic wine growing is to get a vineyard to be as self-sustaining as possible, using waste products from one area to be used as fuel for another area. It’s a system that looks at the vineyard as a living organism itself from the soil to the sun, all working in harmony towards a well-balanced ecosystem that is self-sustaining.

Biodynamic wines and growing practices go beyond organic farming methods and focus on soil sustainability and viability via crop rotation, composting, non-chemical interventions for pest management and astronomical cycles to provide continual vineyard input. This emphasis often means the qualities of biodynamic wine offer more balance, clarity and depth of aromas and flavours.

Find out more about Thierry Germain and Domaine des Roches Neuves  and Stephane Derenoncourt and his philosophy of wine.

 

Legendary winemaker Jean Marc Boillot visits Ephélia for Art de Vignes week

To celebrate the visit of Jean Marc Boillot to the Seychelles, Cyann’s head chef Aviraj and the sommelier team at Constance Ephelia created a stunning wine menu based around his acclaimed Domaine de la Pommardière wines.

Wine tasting with Jean Marc Boillot at Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Staff wine tasting with Jean Marc Boillot

A favourite among the three-star restaurants of Europe, Jean Marc Boillot is unusual in Burgundy for having an equal number of celebrated red and white wines.

The menu at Cyann evening

  • Selection of Chef Aviraj canapés – served with Vin de Pays d’Oc, Domaine de la Truffiere, 2010 (white)
  • Duo of scallops and langoustine, celeriac gratin laced with curry spice, bisque emulsion and pomegranate reduction – served with Meursault, 2011
  • Stuffed chicken breast, leg confit ‘Pomme pont-neuf’ and morel mushroom, cooking jus and crispy pancetta – served with Pommard, 2010
  • Mandarin delice with honey, passion fruit compote, blood orange sorbet – served with Vin de Pays d’Oc, Domaine de la Truffière, 2011 (rosé)
Find out more

Enjoy these photos from the dinner at Cyann

Art de Vignes dinner at Cyann, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

Art de Vignes dinner at Cyann, Constance Ephelia, Seychelles

 

Dinner at Cyann, Constance Ephelia

At Constance Ephelia

 

Jean Marc Boillot dinner at Constance Ephelia

At Constance Ephelia

 

Jean Marc Boillot dinner at Constance Ephelia

At Constance Ephelia

Ephélia and Lémuria celebrate the art of French winemaking

We have invited some of the most inspirational French winemakers from the Art de Vignes association to visit the Seychelles to share their passion and produce with our guests.

Adam & Eve Restaurant, Constance Ephelia

Adam & Eve Restaurant, Constance Ephelia

Run in connection with a series of dining events, guests will be able to sample wines from:

  • Domaine Mas Amiel
  • Chateau Beaucastel
  • Domaine Des Roches Neuves
  • Domaine De La Pommardiere

The guest winemakers will work in conjunction with the sommeliers and chefs at the restaurants of Ephélia from 3 – 6 March.

At Lémuria guests can enjoy the opportunity to meet and talk with the winemakers before enjoying a wine dinner and golf competition running from the 8 – 9 March.

Find out more

Visit our website to find out more about Constance Ephelia and Constance Lemuria.

Discover more about these winemakers and the fine wines they produce:

Art de Vignes celebration gets underway at Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

An exciting week of fine dining and wine tasting gets underway this weekend, when the talented wine growers of Art de Vignes take centre stage at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage.

Red wine in a glass

Superb wines from Art de Vignes

From 20-26 May, this dedicated group of wine growers will be showcasing their wines at our 2 resorts in Mauritius.

Guests can enjoy the delicious cuisine created by Constance chefs, accompanied by fine wines from the French wine-producing regions of Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Find out more about the special events taking place this week. Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius.

 

 

Art de Vignes celebrates fine dining and wine in Mauritius

The talented wine growers of Art de Vignes will be celebrating a week of gastronomy at Constance Le Prince Maurice and Constance Belle Mare Plage from 20-26 May 2012.

Blue Penny Cafe

Fine dining at Blue Penny Cafe, Belle Mare Plage

Art de Vignes is a club of passionate, dedicated wine growers from French wine-producing regions: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Corsica, the Jura, the Loire and Rhone.

Organised in collaboration with Jerome Faure, our Head Sommelier, the event is now in its third year. Throughout the week we celebrate fine dining and exceptional wines from the six French winemakers, who also attend the dinner.

Guests at our 2 hotels in Mauritius can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to taste rare wines from the Art de Vignes club, and to meet and discuss their passion for wine with the winegrowers. Add to this the famous culinary delights of our talented Constance chefs and you can see why this is an unmissable foodie event.

Highlights of the week

Sunday 20 May

  • Alphonse Mellot – Sancerre Domain La Moussiere
    Special lobster dinner at Indigo Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Monday 21 May
  • Olivier Decelle – Maury Mas Amiel/St Emilion GC Jean Faure
    Mauritian cuisine at Deer Hunter Restaurant, Belle Mare Plage
Tuesday 22 May
  • Thierry Germain – Saumur – Domaine des Roches Neuves
    When Val de Loire meets the Sega – at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Wednesday 23 May
  • Jean-Marc Boillot – Pommard/Puligny-Montrachet
    Recipes from Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage
Thursday 24 May
  • Marc Perrin – Chateauneuf du Pape – Beaucastel
    4 hands menu at L’Archipel, Le Prince Maurice
Friday 25 May
  • Christine Vernay – Condrieu – Cote Rotie – Georges Vernay
    Summer scents and spices of Syrah and Viognier at La Spiaggia, Belle Mare Plage

Find out more on our Constance Hotels Experience website.

Name the sea creature: win perfume and wine

Win fragrance and wine with Constance.

Scuba diving off Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Scuba diving off Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

We need your help again to give a pet name to our friendly sea creatures below. Come up with the best name (winners will be chosen by us, so be creative) and you could win.

You came up with brilliant names for the creatures in our first sea creature competition – we can’t wait to see the names this time round.

To enter, just comment on this blog post, or on our Twitter feed with the name or names for one or both of the below sea creatures.

Bonus: there’s a bonus sea creature to name on the Constance Hotels Facebook page – name this one and you can also win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine. Enter as many times as you like.

Competition closes on Friday 4 November at 5pm, so get creative. Read our competition Terms and Conditions.

1. Name the anemone fish and win Serge Lutens fragrance

Clark's anemone fish, Maldives

Clark's anemone fish, Maldives

2. Name the spotted unicorn fish and win a bottle of Art de Vignes wine

Male and female spotted unicorn fish

Male and female spotted unicorn fish

Good luck naming our sea creatures – remember, the names we deem most creative, funny or entertaining will win.

And if you’ve got any underwater photos from the Maldives, we’d love to see them – you can post them on our Constance Hotels Facebook.

Don’t miss our article on snorkeling paradise – the Maldives.