Wednesday 12 June 2013
Big day today, Jill has organised a jam packed itinerary. Luckily, all we have to do is be ready when Jills tells us and do what she tells us to do.
First stop L’Imaginarium – a sort of wine theme park/museum. Gregoir from Domaine Jean Claude Boisset has arranged for us to do a tour for free. It is dedicated to the history, production and appreciation of the fine wines of Burgundy. The place is huge and we spend over an hour investigating the displays and shows, including a puppet show. All the light and audio shows are alternatively in French and then English and are dreadfully one-eye against the English (quite amusingly so actually).
There is huge bottle shop and tasting area but we don’t have time to dally as we need to be at Domaine Comte Senard in Aloxe Corton for a tour of the cellars and lunch/wine tasting.
This is a much more commercial production that the traditional burgundian winery. A young man leads us around the gardens and then into a recently rediscovered cellar (it had been bricked up during World War 2 to hide the wines from the Nazi’s occupation). Our guide obviously has been given a script to follow and will not be distracted from his role, no matter how hard we try.
Lunch is a chicken mousse followed buy a devinely rich beef burgundy with some deadly creamy potato gratin. I’m sure there is more butter and cream in these dishes that I would eat in a month back home in Australia. But OMG it tastes good! Oh the wines were pretty good too.
Domaine Comte Senard is an old wealthy family winery, our next tasting is with a new up and coming wine maison Domain Bruno Colin et Fils in Saint Audin. We are greeted by a lovely young lady that is a new employee of the winery. Any lack of knowledge about the winery itself is more than made up by her enthusiasm for food and wine.
But wait there is more … we have one more stop Domaine Simon Bize in Savigny Les Beaune (where H and I had lunch on Sunday).
Wow this was a weird tasting …. although all our appointments have been made in advance and all confirmed. Here we were left waiting on the street outside a nondescript house for some time before Simon Bize’s Japanese wife cooly greeted us and let us see a little of the large warehouse. It is customary to offer a taste of the house wines with these appointments. It feels like we are hanging around like unwanted guests at the end of a party as she reluctantly disappears and then reappears with with one bottle and then another. It got really uncomfortable when Simon Bize, himself, shows up tired and dirty from a day working in the fields looking like he is about to have a nervous breakdown. Get me out of here!