'Sommelier at the Swan Hotel Lavenham'

François Belin, 28, has been appointed to the new post of Head Sommelier at the iconic 15th century Swan at Lavenham in the heart of Suffolk. Formerly Assistant Head Sommelier at London’s five-star Goring Hotel, he has ambitious plans to take The Swan’s wine offer up to a higher level.

Previously François has worked at Hambleton Hall, Oakham but the majority of positions have been in his home country of France including such quality establishments as the Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa, Porto-Vecchio, a Relais & Châteaux member.

Working with the hotel’s Head Chef Justin Kett, François sources wines from across the globe to complement specific dishes. Watch this space because François will be hosting themed wine tastings for hotel guests soon.

The Swan's Wine menu is extensive and Francois has tried to create a representation of wines from around the world to suit most tastes and palates. When visiting the Swan Francois will be on hand to assist in choosing your wine and is always pleased to offer his services and knowledge.

Francois introduces: Frerejean Frères.

Frerejean Frères -Created by the Frerejean-Taittinger brothers, of the Taittinger Champagne family. A small production produced in the most traditional methods true to the roots of Champagne – 50% Chard, 30% Pinot 20% Meunier.

Premier Cru grapes from Cote de Blancs and Grauves - Grapes exclusively from Premier Cru sites producing exceptional quality fruit.

Aged Five Years Before Disgorgement - This gives the Frerejean Frères its golden colour and complexity. Far beyond simple fruit aromas, the Champagne as had time to develop dried fruit and rich honeyed aromas from the extra time spent in contact with the yeast.

Style and Taste - Aromas of sweet fruit, honey and caramel, but without any sweetness on the palate. Fine persistent bubbles complete what is exceptionally full
and well-balanced champagne, which is both delicious and elegant on the palate.

Frerejean Frères - by the glass 175ml £11.00
Frerejean Frères - by the bottle 75cl £45.00

Francois introduces: Wine Tasting Dinners.

Click here for further information on the exciting Wine Dinners planned in 2014.

To view our new wine menu please click here

To contact François email sommelier@theswanatlavenham.co.uk.

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