Upon our arrival to Burgundy the day before, we'd noticed that there was a smoky haze over just about everything and that in all of the vineyards crews were out working and burning. In February each year, the vines are all cut back, the weeds pulled, and then everything is burned. The burning is done to kill any diseases that could attack the vines. Despite the smoke, and the fact that we were pretty much there in the dead of winter, the scenery was beautiful!
|Beautiful bronze statue in the middle of the roundabout in Puligny Montrachet.|
|Inside the Caveau|
|Julien's shop had a great map that really helped us get a better idea of the wine |
regions in Burgundy, I wish we'd gotten something like this to bring home!
|Check out that handsome guy!|
|Amuse bouche...it tasted like bruschetta!|
|I had the scallop and truffle risotto!|
|And Adam had the lunch special, a steak with vegetables!|
|For dessert we split the brioche!|
I can say, without a doubt that our next stop was by far the coolest experience we had on our trip. I should first say that we have been using Rick Steves guide books for all of our trips. Most of our hotels we have found using those books, along with some other really great places, like the Caveau de Puligny Montrachet and our all time favorite Mischief and Mayhem!
We arrived at Mischief and Mayhem in the afternoon and met Fiona outside the Cellar Door Tasting Room. She walked us out behind their home and talked with us about their vines and owning vines in Burgundy. Talk about a learning experience. Owning vines and producing wine in Burgundy is not as easy as one might think. Fiona described their experience to us and basically gave us a good background on Burgundian wine production and politics.
She and Michael both apprenticed for wine makers before going into the business themselves. And, much to the Burgundian's dismay, this English couple has been producing some really wonderful wine.
|Just a few of the Mischief and Mayhem vines (to the left...)|
And if that wasn't enough, their tasting room was très chic! AND Fiona used to work in haute couture...basically she is my idol: worked in haute couture for Valentino and left the fashion world to dig in the dirt and make wine...umm yes, I could get on board with ALL of that.
|Cellar Door Tasting Room|
|Countryside on our way to Semur-en-Auxois|
That evening we had a wonderful meal...but we we literally the only people there aside from one server and the chef...
|Amuse bouche...we still don't know what it was...|
but it was weird (even for two foodies)
|My wonderful duck with a cassis sauce.|
|Adam's mignon du porc...also very very good!|
|A beautiful creme brulee for dessert!|
Major props to the server and the chef at this little hole in the wall. Though we were their only patrons they did not rush us through dinner and everything tasted wonderful and to top it off, the presentation was stunning!
After a great dinner we headed back to the hotel to get to sleep so we could pop up early and head to Paris!