Monday 10 June 2013
We get a good nights sleep in preparation for what is going to be an epic week of fine wine and delicious meals. It all starts with the best croissants that Nuits has to offer, these delicious pastries are so buttery it is almost criminal, smothered with Francoise’s home made cherry jam they are irresistible (must try harder tomorrow morning).
Out morning tasting is just down the street with Gregoir Patriat at Jean Claude Boisset (Gregoir is pretty irresistible as well). This is our third or fourth visit with Gregoir! He is good looking and has a refreshingly non-traditional French attitude. He leads us through the beautiful gardens into the winery and down into the cellars and the tasting room. We are treated to 5 white wines and 4 red wines mainly from the 2011 vintage as well as a very lovely 2005 Les Charbonnieres.
For lunch we are heading to an old favourite Le Chambolle in the lovely village of Chambolle Musigny operated by the husband (chef) and wife (front of house) Eric and Martine Claudel. Jill and Bill are greeted like the old friends that they are. We all sip on a bottle of cremant de bourgogne while Bill, Andrew and Howard thoroughly investigate of the wine.
After an absolutely delicious lunch we head to Domaine Comte de Vogue also in Chambolle Musigny. Francois Millet is the ever precise and lyrical poet wine maker. Comte de Vogue is a very small but prestigious winery and we have been lucky to return there each year. Monsieur Millet enthrals us with his poetic descriptions of the the vintage and the different wines. He is hypnotic in English I can only image what his descriptions are like in his native language. The tasting here is straight from the barrel, the wines are so precious that anything not swallowed or spat is returned very carefully to the barrel.
We return to Madame de Loisy for a quite afternoon before we wander over to the main street of the village and take a seat in the square at L’Etoile for a few quite drinks and a light dinner.