Gearoid Devaney MS & Xavier Rousset MS

2019 profile

Co-founders Cabotte

The dynamic duo behind Burgundy-focused restaurant Cabotte are truly at the top of their game. Both Master Sommeliers, Gearoid Devaney is also director of specialist importer Flint Wines, while Xavier Rousset owns Blandford Comptoir and Comptoir Café & Wine, and founded Texture and the 28°-50° Workshop group. Devaney, Ireland’s only Master Sommelier, has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, having chalked up stints at Château Rahoul in Bordeaux and luxury-lifestyle service provider Sarment.

Born in Belfast, his first role as a sommelier was at London’s Capital Hotel in 1997, where he quickly rose to the position of head sommelier when he was 23, and was instrumental in helping the restaurant gain its second Michelin star in 2001. In 2003 he helped open Tom Aikens restaurant in Chelsea, creating the wine list from scratch.

He joined Flint in 2010, and in 2016 opened Cabotte on Gresham Street, near St Paul’s, with Rousset. Experienced restaurateur Rousset, on the other hand, owns Blandford Comptoir, a 40-cover “wine-led” Mediterranean restaurant in Marylebone, and Comptoir Café & Wine, a wine café with its own basement wine shop in Mayfair.

At Comptoir, the wine list comprises around 1,000 bottles from around the world, including around 100 Champagnes, ranging from £13 a glass to £1,500 a bottle. Rousset also founded the Michelin-starred Texture restaurant and the 28°-50° restaurant group, alongside Agnar Sverrisson in 2007. He left the business in 2015 to focus on his new projects.

A pupil of Gerard Basset’s at Hotel du Vin, in 2002 Rousset became the world’s youngest Master Sommelier at the age of 23. Like Devaney, Rousset also has more than 20 years’ experience in wine, having worked for the likes of Raymond Blanc as head sommelier at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons. Both Devaney and Rousset regularly consult for restaurants, judge on industry panels and speak at events. Cabotte, near Bank, boasts a 600-bin, 24-page wine list, of which 500 bottles hail from Burgundy, from Chablis to the Mâconnais, and with a good range of vintages. Among the other bottles on offer are English sparkling from Gusbourne and Gosset Grand Millésime Brut 1993 in magnum.

Leave your reply

Most Recent Stories

Bollinger to use oak from own forests in Champagne

Bollinger is to use oak harvested from its own forest in the Côtes des Blancs to ferment the juice from this year’s vintage.

Daphne’s celebrates 55th anniversary with year of events

Founded in 1964 by theatre agent Daphne Rye, Chelsea-based Italian restaurant Daphne’s is marking 55 years with a series of special events, collaborations and one-off dishes.

Latour and LVMH owners pledge millions to Notre-Dame repairs

François Pinault and Bernard Arnault, two of France’s leading businessmen and owners of several top estates in Bordeaux and Burgundy, have pledged €300 million between them to fund repairs of Notre-Dame de Paris, while coopers have said they will source the best oak trees for new beams.

Jay Rayner warms to English sparkling

Guardian columnist Jay Rayner has changed his views on the British sparkling wine industry, after previously slamming the category for offering poor value for money.

St Leonards names new sommelier and beverage director

Chefs and restaurateurs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have appointed Albert Blaize as sommelier and beverage director for their two restaurants, St Leonards and Brunswick House, as well as the recently opened Orasay in Notting Hill.

Most Recent Stories

Bollinger to use oak from own forests in Champagne

Bollinger is to use oak harvested from its own forest in the Côtes des Blancs to ferment the juice from this year’s vintage.

Daphne’s celebrates 55th anniversary with year of events

Founded in 1964 by theatre agent Daphne Rye, Chelsea-based Italian restaurant Daphne’s is marking 55 years with a series of special events, collaborations and one-off dishes.

Latour and LVMH owners pledge millions to Notre-Dame repairs

François Pinault and Bernard Arnault, two of France’s leading businessmen and owners of several top estates in Bordeaux and Burgundy, have pledged €300 million between them to fund repairs of Notre-Dame de Paris, while coopers have said they will source the best oak trees for new beams.

Jay Rayner warms to English sparkling

Guardian columnist Jay Rayner has changed his views on the British sparkling wine industry, after previously slamming the category for offering poor value for money.

St Leonards names new sommelier and beverage director

Chefs and restaurateurs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have appointed Albert Blaize as sommelier and beverage director for their two restaurants, St Leonards and Brunswick House, as well as the recently opened Orasay in Notting Hill.