Monday, April 5, 2010

Trip to France (Bourgogne-Spring 2010)...Claude's birthday dinner at La Buissonniere

After visiting Domaine Chevalier Pere et Fils, we all walked to La Buissonniere (2, impasse Villot - 21550 Ladoix-Serrigny), which is literally right across from the domaine.

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We were there to celebrate Claude's (the owner of Domaine Chevalier) birthday. The kitchen of this beautiful restaurant is run by one of 5 daughters of Claude!

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We had the "first" toast with Paul Roger, Champagne Brut. The soft mousse was quite elegant in this Champagne. We had Champagne with the Amuse-bouche, which was Quenelle of crab meat in asparagus soup. The soup had the nice exotic spicy flavor.

From their menu, I started with Sushi de Canard Fume (smoked duck sushi rolls). I didn't expect to see "sushi" in the menu of this very French-style restaurant in the heart of Burgundy! So, I had to try it. The presentation was unique with a syringe stuck in one of the sushi roll cuts. The sauce was a soy-base sauce, and went well with the rich smoky duck breast.

My main course was Saint-Jacques et Ris de Veau (scallops with veal sweetbread), which was served with cannelloni with vegetable filling. The dish had the very balanced flavors. Sweetbread was especially nice.

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After the cheese course, we sang happy birthday for Claude! Claude's daughter/ chef of the restaurant came to greet us, too.

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For his own birthday, Claude opened a couple of wonderful wines from his own cellar. We also ordered a few other wines from the restaurant. Here's the rest of the wines we had.
2003 Domaine Chevalier, Corton-Charlemagne, was so elegant and had a very long finish.
2007 Etienne Sauzet, Puligny-Montrachet, had the classic Puligny minerality.
2004 Domaine du Clos Frantin, Vosne-Romanee, 1er Cru, "Les Malconsorts", was spicy and had the sexy aroma.
1993 Domaine Chevalier, Corton, tasted so young (with some tannins), and extremely well-structured.

What a wonderful night we had! Happy Birthday, Claude.