Sunday, June 21, 2009

France Trip Day Two - Dublin to Paris to Lyon to Beaune

Whew! This was a busy day of travel, flying from Dublin to Paris, taking the TGV to Lyon, then regular train to Beaune. Went off without a hitch, though. In fact, we were early into Paris via Aer Lingus, spot on time with French rails - just like the USA. Not. I know what you're going to say - what about the strikes? True, but when the trains run here (most of the time, actually), they run on time!

We're staying at Hostellerie Le Cedre in Beaune - beautiful hotel, with a lovely restaurant we just left. The wine:
Philliponnat Champagne Brut Rose NV - with a yummy amuse bouche that included a salty carrot tempura and sweet watermelon/...some other fruit which I can't recall/creme fraiche thing.
Domaine de Bongrans Macon-Villages '01 - totally botrytis smells (APRICOT), but dry and silky; absolutely incredible with a pressed Brittany lobster/asparagus/...other stuff...sorry, I need to get some sleep!
Bruno Clair Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetieres '00 - with sliced Charolais beef, cauliflower puree, baby spinach leaves. This one was deep and gamey, almost decadent. A sensational match with the Charolais beef.
d'Angerville Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Ducs Monopole '01 - with all local cheese plate, which included a spectacular piece of Citeaux. Wow, this was so fresh - brilliant, dazzling still-young wine.

It seems we've established a pattern - we close down whatever restaurant we choose for dinner.

Tomorrow we have one appointment - de Villaine in Bouzeron.

OK, I give. Stay tuned for more details tomorrow - sweet dreams.


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