Beautiful Burgundy, The wine, the place the food
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We proceeded south through the predominantly red wine villages of Pommard and Volnay, and then through the high quality white wine villages of Mersault ,Puligny, Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet. We stopped at the Le Montrachet plot which is one of only three grand cru white wine plots in Burgundy. Wines from this small plot of land would sell from $200 a bottle. Next stop was the Chateau Chassagne-Montrachet, here we had a tour of the winery and tasted six wines, three white, three red. The young man who took us on the tour spoke very basic English and Vincent was frequently called upon for translations. On the other hand the young girl who did the tasting spoke very good English.
For lunch, Vincent had booked us into a small, village restaurant specialising in the boeuf burguignone. We shared a charcuterie plate and a tomato and mozzarella salad, John and David had chicken, Liz and I had the boeuf
After lunch we visited a few other small towns and wandered about on cliff tops admiring the view from a variety of angles. It really is a beautiful part of the world. When we got home we had a Jacuzzi in 'the grotto’. The grotto started as a cave under the gites (place where we were staying) that Vincent used to play in as a kid. In recent years he and Jean-Louis (his father) have dug it out and installed a Jacuzzi, which we were assured was so hot we would want to go in the pool after. Clearly French hot is the new Sydney cold!!
After hot showers, we set out by taxi to the town of Chagny, home to ‘Lamelloise’ a Michelin three star restaurant
We were enjoying observing the other patrons of the restaurant. And just to remind John and me later when we read this blog, and so as not to bore all you others I will just use a few key words: the circus folk and the cranky Americans. But the piece-de-resistance was when at about two hours into the evening there was a slight disturbance at the table next to us. We turned around to watch a huge sharpei emerge from under the table. For you non-dog lovers, a sharpei is a medium to large size dog, sometimes called a roly-poly dog. Needless to say we were gobsmacked. This was very much an inside restaurant. But wait, there’s more, just as we had come to terms with a dog in the dining room, there was another disturbance and yes, you guessed it, not one but two dogs!! We felt that this was taking canine-homo sapien relationships a bit too far. Smudgie would have loved it, though I suspect she would not have sat so still for most of the night.
Taxi home and bed. Tomorrow we meet the Meaghers and get on the boat, so blog writing will take a back seat.