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Open for Pre-Rugby Lunch on Saturday 14th February

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Ireland v France Six Nations

Dax will be open for Lunch on Saturday 14th February for pre-match dining…we won’t say who we’re supporting rather lets say “may the best team win!”.

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New Wines from Alain Brumont

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New Wines from Alain Brumont, Madrian, Sud-Ouest France


Alain Brumont is, by all accounts, the premier wine producer in Madiran. He spares no effort in making his wines the best that they can possibly be. Though not actually certified, he follows bio-organic practices in the vineyard and owns much of the finest property in the appellation. He eschews the micro-oxygenation process used by many of his neighbours to soften young Tannat, feeling that long periods in new oak work better, and the proof is in the bottle, as they show little overt oak influence.

A little about Madrian

Wine is produced around Madiran under three Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées (AOCs): Madiran for powerful red wines primarily from the grape variety Tannat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh for sweet white wines and Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec for dry white wines primarily from the grape varieties Courbu and Petit Manseng. The production area for Madiran wine, which consists of 1,300 hectares (3,200 acres) of vineyards, is spread over three departments of France—Gers, Hautes-Pyrénées, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques—and is a part of the South West France wine region.

Some of his wines

Alain Brumont Madiran Torus, 50% Tannat, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc,

A hint of the barnyard vies with a hint of floral on the nose, with a solid core of earth, underbrush, black currant and black plum in both flavor and aroma. Full bodied and well structured; approachable, but better in a few years.

Alain Brumont Chateau Montus Madiran, 80% Tannat, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon,

Attractive bouquet of black fruit shaded with some chocolate and a hint of floral; flavours echo and expand with a deep, dark core of black currant and plum, rich and appealing. Full bodied, well structured and still on the way up, but already delicious.

Alain Brumont Chateau Bouscasse Madiran, 65% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% cabernet Franc

Deeply, darkly colored and not as floral as the Montus, but just as expressive in its own way, with an earthy underbrush, black currant, blackberry and black plum personality. Big, rich fruit and solid structure; approachable, but its best days are well ahead of it.

Source: http://www.gangofpour.com/underground/2009/feb/wines_distinction.html


Christmas Group Dining

Winter-Spring Group Booking Incentive

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10% Gift Voucher back on group spend.

We have a really valuable incentive for group dining in Dax this Winter & Spring: a Gift Voucher worth 10% of the group’s spend for table of eight or more.

If a group of eight or more dines in Dax between now and the 30th April 2015 at the end of the night we will give the group leader a Gift Voucher which equates to 10% of the total spend of the group that night.

Our group menu offers excellent value at €55 for three courses and is available all evening Tuesday to Saturday.

To make a group reservation please down load our group booking form, complete it and return it to us.

Download the Christmas Group Booking Form


Northern Rhône Wine Dinner

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Domaine du Monteillet and

Domaine M&S Ogier d’Ampuis

On Friday 13th February 2015, the eve of the Ireland v France Six Nations show-down, Dax Restaurant is delighted to welcome the wine makers and their wines from Domains Monteillet & Ogier d’Ampuis at a sumptuous five course dinner from Head Chef Conor O’Dowd.

These two houses represent generations of wine production expertise in some of the world’s most admired and sought for labels from Côte Rotie, Condrieu and St. Joseph.

On the eve of the Six Nations Ireland verses France match we invite you to join us and our guests at a sumptuous five course wine dinner including matched wines from these two premier houses; the following wines will be shown:

  • ‘Abrupt’ N.V, Vin Mousseux, Domaine du Monteillet
  • Viognier de Rosine 2012, IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes, Domaine M&S Ogier d’Ampuis
  • Condrieu ‘Les Grandes Chaillées’, Domaine du Monteillet 2012
  • St.Joseph ‘La Cuvée du Papy’ 2012, Domaine du Monteillet
  • ‘L’Ame Sœur ‘ 2012, Seyssuel, IGP des Collines Rhodaniennes, Domaine M&S Ogier d’Ampuis
  • Côte-Rôtie ‘Fortis’ 2011, Domaine du Monteillet
  • Côte-Rôtie 2010, Domaine M&S Ogier d’Ampuis


Five Course Menu and Live Entertainment

The night will be accompanied with live entertainment from the Wayfarers and their traditional Irish music.

The dinner with matched wines is priced at 145 euros per person. Numbers are very limited, there are only 40 tickets available. Seating will be informal at group tables. To ensure a place please purchase a ticket for yourself and the number of people you wish to bring before they are gone.

Purchase a ticket.





Stéphane Montez has been in charge of his family’s 24 hectare estate since 1997 and has now matured into one of France’s finest wine producers. Having started with a constant sense of experiment, particularly with the use of wood, he has now settled down and has reached a stage where his understanding of his vineyards and how best to transform the grapes that come from them into wine, is at an incomparable level. He makes wines across three appellations; Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and St. Joseph and whilst his wines have always had a delicious fruit character, today they also show a deep, underlying core of minerality allied to tremendous finesse.



Whereas many wine producers take a lifetime to make wines of note, at thirty seven years of age Stéphane Ogier is already a shining star of the Northern Rhône Valley. Stéphane showed great promise from an early age, receiving 100 points from Robert Parker for his Côte-Rôtie ‘Belle Helene’ 1999 when he was only twenty two but it is recent years that his talent has begun to mature into a confident, consistent brilliance. Stéphane makes across the three appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and St. Joseph as well as exploring and developing hitherto unfashionable and long ignored areas of vin de pays in the Northern Rhône. After recent purchases the domaine’s vineyard holdings now cover just over 12 hectares and his wines have become some of the most sought after in the world today.