Beaune, Bourgogne, – April 2011

The Fox Force Four had their annual wine trip to Bourgogne, and what a trip it was. It included among others 6 wine tastings, dinners at Jardin des Remparts and Lameloise and 3 nights in a small family run 3 star hotel – Hotel des Remparts in Beaune. Madame and Monsier Epailly and their staff, make sure your stay is memorable and flawless. I have never experienced such a high level of service and dedication in any 3 star or 4 star hotel before. I give it my warmest recommendations.

Heres a few shots from Hotel Des Remparts

The hotel entrance

The lounge and reception area

The small court-yard, where breakfast was served, and wines were tried in the afternoon

The Burgundy sky…we were spoiled with good weather…

The proud and dedicated (and shy) Mr. and Mrs. Epailly with Kjetil, we thank you for a wonderful stay, your dedication and your company.

I shall not make a review of the dinner at Le Jardin des Remparts. But we were warmly welcomed, had a great 5 courses menu at 70 eur which included amuses, choices for –  starter, fish, meat –  cheeses and desserts. Great bread. Add a huge wine list. A great evening ended upstairs in the library, piano room with the coffee and digestive. At 70 eur this menu seems a bargain.

The young chef came down to say his goodbyes before we left the restaurant.  And actually the evening continued for a few minutes outside in their garden where a huge fire was placed in the middle with 4 chairs surrounding it. It was the perfect way to end a great meal and great day, letting the impressions of it all go through your head while the flames warmed your body and mind. Brilliant. I can warmly recommend this old pearl in Beaune and they shall rest assured I will be back soon.

The following morning I got up early and after the shower decided to take a walk through Beaune, enjoying the first day of spring, the quiet and beauty of Beaune, heres a few shots from my (de-) tour.

The day was then filled with 3 wine tastings in Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune – before the 4 of us needed a break to prepare for the booked dinner at Lameloise at 20.30.

Good friends Uffe and Frode reading about….wine. The beer is mine and hit the spot.

Did I mention we had blue sky and 20-25 degrees celcius…

I shall come back the dinner at Lameloise in the next post. The last day of our trip was spend with a trip to Pouilly Fuisse, a good 1 hour on the highway from Beaune. We had a tasting in Vergisson and picnic at the foot of Solutrê.

Highlight for me was the shopping of the groceries on the market in Beaune. Olives, Jambon de Persielle, cheeeses, dried abricots, moutarde de Dijon, freshly baked bread….all you could wish for.

Uffe doing the math…

And the picnic at Solutrê could begin…well after a short drive…

4 rocks – Frode, yours truly, Uffe and Solutrê

Le picnic…

Kjetil doing his best Popeye !

The afternoon ended with great company – Monsier Epailly and his wife had invited us to share a glass in the courtyard.

A perfect way to relax after a good days work…

So being together – 4 individuals for almost 4 days, you are bound to hit and edge every now and then. But we all had fun, and we are happy and lucky to have this friendship, given the distances. True friendship does not bother about time and distances. We share the passion for the good things in life, and I cannot wait to repeat the essence of this trip in the years to come. Frode, Uffe and Kjetil – I love you all, thanks for your friendship.

Beaune, I love you too…and shall be back before you can say blueberry pie….