Gourmet Fare

The Twelve Days of Christmas: the Sixth Day of Christmas

Lalique Cuff Bracelet 1927 in crystal, black resin and 18 carat gold plate. Photo courtesy Lalique. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — Traditional Christmastide begins on Christmas Day which begins at midnight on Christmas Eve and continues into Epiphany Eve, the 5th/6th of January and when the mysterious Wise Men from the East arrived in Bethlehem following the star. For the 6th day of Christmas we bring you a bracelet from the French house of Lalique which was founded over 130 years ago as well as traditional French Christmas cheer with champagne and a Yule log cake. Lalique launched its Aréthuse collection inspired by the Art Deco world of René Lalique. He created timeless jewels and the pieces from the Aréthuse collection offer a return to the designs of 1927 and 1928. Rings, a cuff bracelet and earrings in resin are among the highlights of the collection

The Réserve Brut champagne from the house of Telmont. Photo courtesy Telmont. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

A great champagne for the sixth day of Christmas or any day of the year is the Réserve Brut from the house of Telmont, founded in 1912. The champagne is a blend of the three classic grape varieties of Champagne country: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The estate’s vineyards are cultivated naturally with respect for nature and sustainable development being the hallmarks of the house. The house’s champagnes are sold without packaging. 

The Yule log holiday cake from pastry chef Alan Lainé at the Domaine de Verchant. Photo courtesy Domaine de Verchant. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Castelnau-le-Lez is a charming spot in southern France with a Mediterranean climate near the city of Montpelier. Here the Domaine de Verchant is an enchaining spot and this year the new pastry chef Alan Lainé presented his very first bûche de Noël or Yule log holiday cake for the estate. The elegant Yule log cake brings together the flavors of Reinette apples and chestnuts. Garnished with a chestnut mousse and a  vanilla Bavarian cream and layers of apples in caramel, the visual appearance of the cake is a wonderland of an autumn day with a decoration evoking the good earth sprinkled with chestnuts, apples and leaves. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette




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