Our visit continues at a fantastic pace; visiting vineyards, wineries and tasting a large range of wines. Incredible. We have even visited DRC and met the winemaker, Bernard Noblet. For the unintiated that is Domaine Romanee Conti – who make some of the most expensive wines and possibly the best in the world. We have only had one day off during this period. On Sunday we had a 3 and half hour lunch at Lameloise. This is one of the top restuarants in France with 2 Michelin stars (formerly 3). It was a new and memorable experience for us. It was a set menu with 3 courses on the menu. However they deliver much more than the 3 courses we chose and we lost count at 8 dishes including a pre and post desert! not including the chocolates. (Thanks Gordon for the recommendations)
On our last day we had a long lunch which included a tasting of 14 wines from Olivier Leflaive, one of the best producers based in Puligny-Montrachet. It was simple traditional food but the wines included a Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru 2000 which was sensational. There were some local winemakes at lunch and we had a chance to taste an intensely flavoured 2003 1st Cru Pommard from Jacques Prieur. Lunch finished at 4.00pm and we retired for coffee at The Montrachet hotel where we met some Australians who were on a similar mission. We had one last rendezvous at 6.15 before we could go home. To be honest we were tired and hoped it would be a short visit. That’s not quite how it turned out….we meet Frederic from Traransaud (one of our barrel markers) and he took us to visit winemaker, Jean-Claude Ramonit, in Chassagne-Montrachet. We started with some nice Saint-Aubin and Mersault village wines but we soon moved on to a range of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachets of various vintages before trying a number of wonderful Grand-Crus. The absolute standout for me and the best white wine I have ever tasted was a 1990 Bienviues-Batard-Montrachet Grand Cru (Domaine Jean-Claude Ramonit). We then moved on to 3 very respectable Pinots. At the end of the visit we had tried 13 different bottles, most of which were opened especially for us. Dispite the fact that Jean-Claude did not speak english, we got on very well… the language of wine is universal.