RSJ's 30th anniversary: 1980-2010

2010 was a very special year for us as the RSJ Restaurant celebrated its 30th year. We held a number of special events through the year to mark our 30th birthday.

36th Year: 1980-2016

Another milestone with events happening during our 36th anniversary year.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RSJ Wine Offer: April 2012

Jérôme Billard@Domaine de la Noblaie: June 2011
RSJ's exciting new Chinon listing – one of Chinon's leading young producers

Jérôme takes quality control very seriously! 

We have put together a selection of wines ideal for current drinking this Spring  [Please feel free to mix cases]

We include for the first time two wines from Chinon made by a very exciting young grower, Jerome Billard, Domaine de la Noblaie in Ligré, on the south bank of the Vienne.

                                                                    List                             Offer
                                                                    Price                          Price


2010 Touraine Sauvignon, Clos Roussely        £8.70                     £7.95
Lovely fragrant fruity Sauvignon from Vincent Roussely,an outstanding young vigneron, whose wines have been received with great acclaim since we introduced them a couple of years ago.

2010 Muscadet ‘Sur Lie’ Clos des Allées           £9.70                      £8.95
Pierre Luneau has made a beautifully balanced fruity and mineral flavoured wine from this special vineyard of old vines. At recent tastings, people have been ‘blown away’ by the quality of Pierre ’s wines, completely laying to rest
their preconceived notions about Muscadet!

2009 Anjou Blanc ‘ Petit Princé’                      £10.65                      £11.25
Superb dry, honeyed and beautifully balanced Chenin.Organically produced by Christophe Daviau at the Domaine de Bablut. It has a wonderful concentration and complexity.

2010 Quincy , Domaine des Ballandors           £12.20                      £11.25
Award winning Sauvignon from Jean Tatin. This beautifully balanced wine continues to go from strength to strength.

2010 Sancerre ‘Les Pierris’                         £12.50                         £11.55
This classic Sancerre from the Champault brothers has a lovely blackcurrant nose, elegance and wonderful balance.


Crémant de Loire, Domaine de Nerleux        £11.30                         £10.40
Regis Neau’s ever popular, delicious dry sparkler is made from 70% Chenin Blanc & 30% Chardonnay and makes a wonderful aperitif!

Crémant de Loire Rosé, Domaine de Nerleux £11.30                      £10.40  Lovely pink sparkler from Régis Neau


2010 Touraine Gamay, Clos Roussely            £8.70                           £7.95
Vincent Roussely’s organically made Gamay has lovely fruit with a good concentration and balance.

2010 Chinon Domaine de la Noblaie                £9.75                          £8.95
Jerome Billard’s lovely Chinon is packed with ripe fruit. It has a glorious nose of violets and has a lovely elegance and balance.

2010 Saumur Champigny, Domaine de Nerleux  £9.75                   £8.95
The Neau’s ever popular fruity Champigny is stylish and has a lovely elegance.

2010 St Nicolas de Bourgueil  ‘Les Rouillères   £11.20            £10.35
Frédéric Mabileau’s delicious St Nicolas has had a great following for a number of years. Ripe, beautifully balanced and with a lovely concentration, this wine is made organically.

2010 Sancerre Rouge ‘Les Pierris’                        £12.95               £11.95
Made from 100% Pinot Noir, this is an elegant attractive and stylish wine from the Champault brothers.

2011 Chinon Rosé, Domaine de la Noblaie           £9.25               £8.55
Delicious dry rose from exciting new discovery,Jérome Billard. It is packed with ripe fruit and has a lovely concentration.

RSJ  33 Coin Street London SE1 9NR   
Tel: 020 7928 4554    E-mail:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ursula Ferrigno: Sunday lunch 29th April – a few places

There are still places available for the Italian lunch on 29th April.
If you would like to come, please advise as soon as possible
Italian Sunday lunch at RSJ
with Ursula Ferrigno
[starts at 1.00pm]
‘Bountiful Basilicata ’
Mixed crostini with roasted vegetables & caramelised red onion with young pecorini
Fennel ravioli with saffron sauce – made with Italian eggs
Marinated swordfish with caper & mint sauce – this meaty fish
is stunning when grilled!
Young spinach & potato salad with a balsamic reduction
Chocolate mousse torta served with nutty meringues
Seasonal & specially selected cheese from this region
We also have a few places available to learn from and assist Ursula
in the kitchen  [£30.00]
For bookings please contact:
Tom King
RSJ Restaurant
33 Coin Street
London  SE1 9NR
Tel: 020 7928 4554

Wines by the glass: April 2012 selection

Wines by the glass
[125 ml or 175ml]

This is a selection from our extensive range of Loire Valley wines. It is an opportunity to try a variety of styles without the necessity to purchase a whole bottle.

For many years RSJ has been championing the cause of serious wine growers who work organically, biodynamically and with respect to nature. We feature the following:

Bin                  Sweet White                                              125ml

301                  2010 Coteaux du Layon, Domaine Ogereau   £5.95  
                        Vincent Ogereau
Vincent’s delectable wine has a lovely elegance and balance.

309                  2009 Coteaux du Layon,  Chaume                  £7.50
                        Claude Papin
Rich, ripe and beautifully balanced wine with excellent concentration, length and character.

Bin      Dry White                                           125ml              175ml
47        2010 Touraine Sauvignon                   £4.25               £5.25
            Vincent Roussely
Crisp fresh ripe organically made Sauvignon with really good concentration & length.

25        2010 Muscadet  ‘Clos des Allées’      £4.75               £5.75 
            Pierre Luneau
Old vines, lovely ripe fruit and minerality with plenty of concentration and length.

17        2009 Anjou Blanc ‘Petit Princé’         £5.50              £6.50
            Christophe Daviau     
Delightful, full dry ripe chenin from Anjou. Stunning concentration & freshness  

60        2010 Quincy,  Domaine des Ballandors  £5.50   £6.50 
           Jean Tatin
Classy Sauvignon with lovely weight and ripeness – beautifully balanced.


85        2011 Chinon Rosé, Domaine de la Noblaie           £4.25              £5.25
            Jérôme Billard
Delightful dry ripe fruity Rose from a top young wine maker.

Bin      Red                                                        125ml                   175ml

185      2010 Touraine Gamay                                    £4.25              £5.25
            Vincent Roussely
Lively mouth watering ripe fruit. with real weight - organically produced.

124      2010 Chinon, Dom. de la Noblaie       £4.95               £5.95
            Jérôme Billard
Elegant, stylish Chinon with soft ripe fruit and lovely balance from top young vigneron.

153      2010 St Nicolas de Bourgueil              £5.25              £6.25
            ‘Les Rouillères’  Frédéric Mabileau
Delicious ripe fruit – beautifully balanced. Organically made.

180      2002  Bourgueil ‘Cuvée Prestige’       £5.95              £7.25
            Lame Delisle Boucard
Lovely elegant Bourgueil, red fruits & violets, soft tannins.


190      Crémant de Loire Brut                                    £5.25                -----
           Domaine de Nerleux
Regis Neau’s  delicious dry sparkler is a blend of Chenin Blanc & Chardonnay. It is made in the ‘Traditional Method’.

Fruit Juices

Chegworth Valley 100% pure fruit juices and all are essentially organic (250 ml bottles)- no nasty sprays

Cox apple (Certified organic)                          £2.75

Pear     (Certified organic)                              £2.75

Apple and blackcurrant                                  £2.75

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

21st May: Wine Tasting & Dinner at RSJ Restaurant: Amélie Neau

Monday 21st May: Amélie Neau – Domaine de Nerleux, Saumur

Starts at 7.15 pm    £48.50

We are delighted that Amélie Neau has agreed to come over and and present the wines from the historic Domaine de Nerleux in Saumur.

Amélie is the 9th generation of vigneron and with her father Regis, is making three different cuvées of fabulous reds along with dry whites, sweet whites and their renowned sparkling Crémant de Loire. We will also be tasting their 1995 ‘Les Châtains’.

Amelie speaks very good English having lived in this country for a while and it is sure to be a terrific evening.

These wines will be accompanied by a three course dinner.

For bookings please contact:

RSJ Restaurant
33 Coin Street
Tel: 020 7928 4554

Sébastien Treuillet: profile of our producer of Pouilly-Fumé

Sébastien Treuillet in one of his parcels of vines in AC Pouilly-Fumé

Sébastien Treuillet is the first in his farming family to be a vigneron, previously they have been cereal producers. Indeed Sébastien still looks after 140 hectares of cereals in addition to his 12 hectares of vines. The majority of his vines are in the Pouilly-Fumé appellation but he also has 3.5 ha in the Coteaux du Giennois and 2 hectares of vin de pays

"I started to get into vines and wine when I was around 15 as I had a friend in Sancerre whose family were vignerons and I would go and stay there," Sébastien explains. "After working in Sancerre for Pierre Dézat (Verdigny) and then the Champaults (Champtin) I started up on my own in 1991."  

He has a number of different parcels on different soils – argile-kimmeridgean, sandy soils as well as some caillottes – limestone dominated with very little soil. On the argile-kimmeridgean soils Sébastien is unusual in using the Courson-Royat pruning system, which he finds keeps the yields down, whereas on his more sandy soils he has the Guyot system, which is classic in this area (see photo above). 

Vines pruned using the Courson-Royat system 

Recently Sébastien has been able to plant vines at Villiers where a considerable area of potential vineyard has become available in the north east of the appellation not far from the well established Château Favray. He is one of a number of vingnerons, including Alexandre Bain, who are now planting there. Much of this new vineyard is bare limestone – cailottes. 

 Bare limestone soil@Villiers 

Eight day old vine amongst the rocks 

Back at Sébastian's winery in Fontenille we tasted the recently bottled 2011 Pouilly-Fumé. "I haven't need to chaptalise since 2004," says Sébastien with some pride. "This 2011 reached 13% natural alcohol on an average of 60 hl/ha." This grassy 2011 has attractive weight and richness – very much in the style of 2011 – but with some freshness in the finish. We then moved onto the 2010, which is again characteristic of this vintage, much more austere and leaner with a long, precise and clean finish. Once again I think 2011 will be an easy vintage to sell because it is more flattering, while Loire fanatics are likely to prefer the austerity of 2010.   

Sébastien Treuillet
58150 Tracy-sur-Loire