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A Traditional Burgundian Lunch

March 29, 2015

The tiny picturesque village of Aloxe-Corton lies midway between the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. It is the only appellation which has Grands Crus in both red and white. Hidden in the village of Aloxe-Corton you find the Domaine Comte Senard.

In 1857, Jules Senard, great-grandfather of the current owner created the original “Corton Clos Des Meix” vineyard. Covering a surface of six acres, the vineyard has been a monopole ever since. A monopole refers to a vineyard under exclusive control of one owner.

On arrival at the estate we were warmly welcomed by Emilie our guide and professional sommelier. We started our visit with a short tour of the vineyards surrounding the estate. Emilie discussed the estate’s history, the Clos des Meix, is one of the Grands Crus on the hill of Corton. Covering some 2.5 hectares in the heart of the property, it provides a superb view of the vineyards of Pernand-Vergelesses and Savigny-les Beaune. Over the years the estate has acquired rare appellations like Corton Charlemagne, Corton Bressandes and Corton Clos du Roi.

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Discovered in 1913, hidden under the property’s garden, is the 13th century cellar, built by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Sainte-Marguerite, it is one of the oldest cellar’s in Burgundy.

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An exceptional cellar, with its several hundred-years-old vaults to visit here was an unforgettable experience.

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La Table d’Hôtes  / The Tasting Lunch

Following our tour of the vineyards and cellar we enjoyed our private tasting lunch in the tasting room. The tasting room, dining room and shop are found in the Domaine’s former stables. The tasting was accompanied by a regional lunch menu of jambon persille which is a traditional ham and parsley terrine followed by the most amazing boeuf bourguignon with potato dauphinoise. With each course came a different wine to taste with Emilie giving a detailed explanation of each one, followed by a plate of local cheeses. To finish we enjoyed the homemade Pain d’Epices (spice bread), made from a traditional Burgundian recipe.

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Having a wine tasting with a meal really enhances the experience and this lovely lunch remains one of the highlights of the entire trip to Burgundy.

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17 Comments

  • Reply alexis March 30, 2015 at 1:56 am

    This looks so good! I have always wanted to travel and try different foods. This is something I would love. I love wine, potatoes, and mushrooms. So anything evolving something I love I always have to try.

    • Reply Mary March 31, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      Alexis, it really was a fantastic lunch as you say such great combinations 🙂

  • Reply Connie March 30, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    What a great write up and review of an exclusive vineyard.
    The meal looks great and that cellar looks amazing. It is so typically Benedictine in style.

    • Reply Mary March 31, 2015 at 10:27 pm

      Thanks Connie, it really was a lot of fun 🙂

  • Reply salsgal March 31, 2015 at 12:56 am

    I am a bit of a history buff, and it was fun to soak in this knowledge by reading about your experience at the Domaine Comte Senard. I truly enjoyed your pictures. It made me feel, as if, I were taking a tour, too. My favorite part was the surprise of the old cellar. It must of felt like you were walking back in time! I would suppose this made your wine tasting and meal afterwards so much more meaningful to enjoy. Potato side dishes are one of my favorites and the potato dauphinoise looked absolutely delicious! I am glad that I stumbled upon your blog covering food, travel, books and wine. I look forward to reading some more of your posts!

    • Reply Mary March 31, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Welcome, so glad you enjoyed the post and are enjoying my blog. I always enjoy the history behind any of the Chateau’s we visit too. My favourite part was also the cellar and the history behind it and the food obviously. I have been trying to recreate that Potato Dauphinoise recipe at home so a recipe post coming up very soon 🙂

  • Reply cicijackson April 6, 2015 at 3:29 am

    How much fun would that be to travel, drink and eat great food in one shot!!! Who could turn such an outing like this down. I appreciate this posting as it has given me some ideas as to where I want to travel and foods I would love to try. Thank you for this article.

    • Reply Mary April 6, 2015 at 10:36 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the post Cici 🙂

  • Reply dashboardc33 April 7, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    That looks absolutely beautiful! I would love to take a trip there sometime. I am really into history and learning what there is to know behind different areas. I would go a little camera crazy if I got the chance to visit a place like this. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Reply Mary April 7, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Your welcome, so glad you enjoyed the blog post 🙂

    • Reply Mary April 12, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks and welcome so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Reply anne16 April 9, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Wonderful! I can’t help but look back at the photos above. I am not much into wine but with this blog post, my interest has peak a thousand feet high. The wine cellar is amazing too as I always thought of a cellar to be a little creepy. I am sure to look and read at your other posts.

    • Reply Mary April 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Some of the cellars are a bit creepy but so full of history so you soon get over that! 🙂

  • Reply evee921 April 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I clicked for the food picture but I was overwhelmed by the beautiful place! Awesome pictures! I really love this kind of experience, to go to a countryside and see traditional things. I enjoyed the bit of history you’ve included about the place. I’m interested in the imagery and history of French countryside, farms and estates, so your pictures and story were truly inspirational for me. Plus the food look so good!

    • Reply Mary May 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

  • Reply SarahWorksAtHome May 27, 2015 at 4:01 am

    Those are gorgeous photographs of the cellars especially. I almost felt like I was there! I travel vicariously through others’ travel blogs as I have a social anxiety disorder and cannot travel easily so I appreciate this post on a whole other level many wouldn’t understand.

    • Reply Mary May 29, 2015 at 10:18 pm

      Thanks Sarah, so glad you are finding enjoyment in the blog 🙂

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