In June 2011, Debbie Miller Nelson, Wine Manager, had the privilege of traveling to France and immersing herself in French food, culture, and most importantly, wine!
We drove to mid-Gevrey to meet Alain Burguet and his live-in girlfriend Domenique. Alain speaks no English, but again, he was able to communicate with us very well through gestures and inflexion (as well as a lot of flirting). Of course we have a translator, but you never get the whole translation.
Alain takes us to the cellar to taste 2010 barrel samples and then join Alain & Domenique in their home for some Champagne before lunch.
We also meet their new 2 month old puppy who has taken a liking to me. He played with me for at least an hour!
Since I don’t speak French, I pointed to the dog, then my knapsack and nodded at Alain. I was denied.
We moved into their dining room where Domenique made us a wonderful lunch of roast chicken, salad, greens and more chocolate mouse. Yum! We also enjoyed some mystery wine. It was so old and unmarked, even Alain didn’t know what it was.
By the way, the French love American wine. Just look at that empty bottle of Opus One on the ledge behind Alain!
We leave Alain, but will see him later for dinner.
Next stop Meo-Camuzet!
Available at Joe Canal’s:
Domaine Burguet Chambolle Musigny Les Chardannes 2005 BC $64.94
Domaine Burguet Gevrey-Chambertin Justice 2005 BC $65.94
Domaine Burguet Chambertin Clos de Beze 2006 BC $246.99