Day 1: June 3
Whenver I go to Burgundy, I generally arrive at my hotel in Nuits-St.-Georges in the early evening. I like to have dinner my first night at the excellent La Cabotte restaurant in the center of town. It’s a charming little room run by Virginie and Thomas Collomb. Chef Collomb’s food is always imaginatively prepared and presented. The wine list is short, but well chosen, specializing in the wines of Nuits-St.-Georges.
I enjoyed a fresh, lemon and mineral flavored St.-Aubin Les Frionnes 2004 from Hubert Lamy with the tuna appetizer and the Domaine de la Vougeraie Pommard Les Petits Noizons 2001 with saddle of rabbit stuffed with sage and kidney. The Pommard is ready, showing earthy cherry notes backed by vibrant acidity. It finished with moderate tannins that were softened by the food.
Day 2: June 4
After driving the Route des Grands Crus in the Côte de Nuits, I headed to Beaune to pick up a few things and have lunch. Le Gourmandin on Place Carnot in the center of Beaune is always reliable. It has a small terrace that fills up quickly during the warm weather.
Quenelle de brochet, a fish dumpling, was surrounded by a shrimp sauce and easily washed down by a glass of Dominique Lafon’s Mâcon Milly-Lamartine 2004. The Domaine Lafarge Bourgogne Rouge 2002 had enough grip to match duck breast in a Pinot Noir sauce.
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