Saint-Ambreuil to Dijon
09.09.2015 - 09.09.2015 26 °C
I was a little confused yesterday, maybe it was the wine. I thought we were to spend another night in Saint-Ambreuil because at dinner last night Oliver and Monique were talking about our meal tomorrow. I thought they were planning another dinner but it was lunch they were planning as we were actually travelling to Dijon today.
So, we slept in after our great night last night and then had a leisurely breakfast of coffee and croissants. We did the laundry yesterday so today we had to gather and fold our clean clothes. Or so we thought. While we we chatting with Oliver and Vianney on the deck, Monique was inside folding and ironing our clothes. We were being spoilt.
And then lunch. the appetiser was wild boar cheek terrine, extremely delicious, followed by a main course of venison, salad & frites (chips). You should know that Oliver is a hunter and the boar and deer came from the hunt. Then desert of cornflower tart ("poor persons food") which was also surprisingly good for what it was.
Following fond farwell to Oliver and Monique, we headed off to Dijon by way of the Burgundy wine route "Route des Grands Cru" stopping off at Beune to taste some wines. Beune is a very French city in the heart of the Burgundy wine region. We went to Patriarche "the largest cellers in Burgundy" which is amazing and extensive with more than 3 million bottles stored. The tasting was a bit disappointing, because they only use 2 types of grapes in Burgundy, Pinot for the reds and Chardonnay for the whites. We got to taste 12 wines, 3 whites and 9 reds but I am not a lover of Pinot and found them all not to to my taste. (whereas we had a Merlot-Cabernet from Bordeaux tonight which was more to my taste) The whites were good though.
Travelling along the wine route you come to realise how extensive the grape plantings are here. Vines as far as the eye can see, with a cute little village thrown in every few miles
We are staying at Vianney's and (his girlfriend) Pauline's apartment tonight and tomorrow night. They are very good to invite us stay as it is very small for 4 people and their pet rabbit. We had dinner of cheese, meats and salads in the courtyard. It was very nice.
Tomorrow we explore Dijon.