On a visit to Le Colombier restaurant the genial proprietor provided me with this tin of vintage sardines to take home. So impressed was he with the quality of said sardine they instantly made it onto his a la carte menu.
Sardines La Quiberonnaise Millésime 2007-Vintage 2007 Sardines, Lemon, Onion and Toasted Poilane Bread £9.80
A hefty levy I thought for a dish that reminds me of having lunch with my culinary incompitant Dad in the early 1990's. I do however often call upon this drystore staple during leaner times and always bemoan the knobbly vertebrae and pungent waft. These are altogether a diffrent beast, silky, refined and completely moreish; a premium product. I found them and others similar (here) online for a vastly reduced price.
Laid down like good wine the tins are turned regularly to enusre an even ageing process, the flavour of the fish is said to develop and mature, the attention to detail really shows in the classic packaging.
Eat with your ideal bread, salty butter, black pepper and thinly sliced red onion anytime any place!