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Truffles and Crozes-Hermitage

Photo by: David Yellen

Posted: Nov 3, 2006 4:55pm ET

I finally got my first real truffle fix of the trip, with a gouda soufflé topped with black truffles at Pic. That definitely moves the needle up a touch.

How's the wait for truffles going on that side of the pond? Do any of you have any special plans for when they get there?

The weather here was beautiful my first two days—warm and dry with little wind. But winter came in a hurry, and a knifing, cold wind has been moving through the valley for the last two days. It's turtleneck weather now for sure.

Today was a full day, with a visit to Jaboulet, which is undergoing a lot of change following its sale to Jean-Jacques Frey. There's a new winemaker in place, some new techniques being used in the winery, and Bordeaux consultant Denis Dubourdieu is now consulting. There will be some hiccups in the wines while things sort themselves out ...

I also visited a few domaines in Crozes-Hermitage. My first stop there was with Alain Graillot, the acknowledged leader of the appellation. His son, Maxime, now has his own domaine as well, and is producing solid wines in a style very different from his father. I also stopped by Yann Chave and Domaine de Martinelles. The latter, like Maxime Graillot, is brand-new.

Now it's on to Condrieu and Côte-Rotie for five days of visits, so if you're a Viognier and Syrah lover, stay tuned ...

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