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Day 19 – Dying…

Woke up dead.

Spent the day in bed with man flu.

Roz managed to drag me out into the balmy 2 degree evening to go to dinner at laCardole Restaurant in neighbouring Givry. It had been recommended to us by our host Eric.

We found where they had been hiding the flavour!!!

Best meal we have had since we arrived… by a mile…

Even better, the best wine we have had so far on the trip.

From the shores of Barcelona, to Rioja, to Bordeaux (Grand Crus and down), through the Loire, in Paris, and on the hill of Chablis, the wines have been good, but in Burgundy the bar has been lifted very high indeed.

For €5 a glass I had a Appellation Givry Premier Cru (100% Chardonnay), and it is Outstanding, The fruit, was pronounced, supple, with balanced acidity, showing some integrated oak character, lovely mouthfeel from malolactic fermentation, and a long rich finish. By far the best white I’ve had since arriving.

Then out comes the Premier Cru Rouge from Givry. A Medium bodied Pinot noir, with red fruits, earthy overtones and a long finish. Heaven.

Pair these wines with eggs poached in red wine sauce, Beouf Bourgogne, lamb with poached pears and caramelised apples and shortbread.

Absolutely the best food since we arrived. All served in a restaurant built in the 8th century. Perfect.

Feeling happy, the bar has officially been set.

Rolled home.


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