Every year since K&L has featured the wines from Domaine Begude I have made it a point to visit the domaine and taste the new vintage. Yes, it is very difficult work, and I have graciously volunteered to do so. But seriously, every year upon my arrival, (I am usually either 1 hour late or 2 hours early) I receive a play by play of the vintage and overall production from James and Laurent.
On this particular day, we tasted through the current range, as well as this delicious sparkling wine that is currently only being produced in uber limited quantities. Afterall, Limoux is most famous for its production of sparkling wine or Cremant de Limoux. La Folie de Begude is a blancs de blancs bubbly composed of 100% chardonnay.
Dry, creamy and chock full of apples..it was delicious, and a perfect way to segue way out of our formal tasting and into a lovely selection of entrées prepared by Catherine, including a smoked salmon, caviar and avocado, olives and an arugula salad.
For additional photos of my visit to Domaine Begude , please check out “Les Photos” on the right side bar of this blog.
As the sun slowly set over the vineyards, James, Catherine, Laurent and myself moved inside to a second round of delicious roasted potatos, eggplant tian and grilled herb steaks.
When traveling to France, folks always if I have any memorable restaurant experiences or places they should try. The truth is, my most memorable dining experiences have taken place not in fancy restaurants, but rather in more intimate settings like the one I found myself in that evening. There is nothing like a delicious home cooked meal.
As Catherine and James began plating dinner, Laurent announced, and with great modesty, that he has brought 2 bottles of wine to share with us tonight. Really, neither wine needs an introduction. You’ll see the two bottles above, both of which showed beautifully that evening.
The ’79 Palmer was fantastic with our grilled meat, while the white Burgundy complemented our cheese course which followed.
We ended the evening with a deep, rich pot de crème meets chocolate truffle dessert inspired by Catherine. And what to pair with such chocolate decadence? A delicious 2007 Languedoc red..but more on this in my next post.
Thank you to Catherine, James, Laurent and the team at Domaine Begude for putting your heart and soul everyday into making quality and delicious wines for all to enjoy!
NEXT: un veritable vin naturel; Giroflet