Roux at The Landau
1c Portland Place, W1B 1JA
WLC Rank : 175
Glass from : £ 9.00 (175 ml)
BEST FORChoosing from 525 wines
The Marylebone location
100 of the 500 wines on a list dominated by Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Italy are listed by the glass, from straightforward Sancerre to evolving Mouton Rothschild and own label Albert Roux, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs Brut and Rosé Champagnes plus a come hither selection of sweeties.
General manager, Steven Whitbread, who worked as a sommelier in Australia for over a decade, and as winemaker in Argentina, Australia, and the USA, masterminded the 525 bins strong list at The Langham, which, on opening in 1865 was arguably Europe’s first Grand Hotel. Whitbread’s aim is to highlight the people and places behind a glass of wine. “The philosophy behind our relaunch is remove barriers between the people, produce and guest.”
Whitbread located several vintages of Vouvray from Domaine Huet, “which were relabelled and recorked for us at the estate,” he recalls. “I particularly love showing people the 1934, a wine made just six years after a restaurateur from Paris bought his first vines on this slope, and today Huet is without doubt the leading name in Vouvray.” Meanwhile, from Champagne, Whitbread sourced the fortified ‘Ratafia’ from Vilmart & Co, ‘a fresh, sweet wine generally only available in the region, made from pure press juice.” He also looks forward to listing the wines of Sami-Odi, Australia, “whose first tonne of fruit I helped hand destem!”
The expanded wine list is proving motivational for the restaurant’s floor team, led by head sommelier Frederic Tanoh-Koutoua. Formerly of Pearl, Tanoh-Koutoua sees it as “a snapshot of 21st century fine wine production.” Whitbread comments: “our sommeliers all contributed to the final list and have enjoyed learning about the new and rare wines we’ve discovered. It’s exciting for them to showcase these wines and see how are guests are positively responding.”
100 of the 525 wines on a list dominated by Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône and Italy are listed by the glass, from straightforward Sancerre to evolving Mouton Rothschild and own label Albert Roux, Grand Cru, Blanc de Blancs Brut and Rosé Champagnes, plus a lullaby of sweeties.
Overall value, given the opulent surroundings of the oval dining room here in the five-star hotel, also notable for the Artesian bar nextdoor and its carousel of bar team operators, is refreshingly fair.
A tip for film lovers – this is the very venue which featured in the film, Burnt, although expect chef Nicolas Pasquier rather than Bradley Cooper to cook your lunch…
By Douglas Blyde.