And Burgundy is indeed a delightful travel destination. It is ancient, and very charming and mysterious. You can find a wide range of hotels, including ones that are very affordable and even clean camping sites. Food here represents the best in France.
I was quite impressed by the Chateau's First Cru wine and especially the magical food and wine pairing. Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru les Chenevottes 2006 Domaine Michel Picard was paired with a starter of foie gras and gingerbread. The wine's delicate flavors of apricot, peach, and pastry cream really melded with the flavors of this exquisite dish.
Next Mersault-Charmes 2006 Cuvee Bahezre de Lanlay Maison Michel Picard was paired with wild sea bass with dried fruits and a hazelnut crust that really picked up on the marzipan, hazelnut, and vanilla in the wine.
The main course of Charolais beef (a special type of cow in the area) was paired with the red Chassagne - Montrachet 1er Cru les Macherelles 2006 Domaine Michel Picard. Once again, the soft fruitiness of the wine married well with the rare beef and its berrylike sauce.
I was so overwhelmed by the elegance of this pairing and the wine that I spoke to the winemaker, Frederic Barnier. The scent and flavor of pastry cream was so stunning in the first wine that I asked if this was a "signature" of the winery. He explained that no, the wine tastes different each year, and that often the scent of pastry cream is a result of new oak.
Fabulous evening, and a great opportunity to taste the absolutely unforgettable wines of Burgundy.