One man, and one man alone, has succeeded in weaving a well defined and sumptuous itinerary around the 33 grands crus over three incredible days spent in the heart of the vineyards, immersed in the secrets of the wine cellars, and at the best restaurants in Burgundy.
Youri Lebault, with BGT, has just come up with a royal itinerary by bringing together the two wonders of Burgundy, its haute cuisine and its 33 classified grands crus.
The starred chefs of French gastronomy such as Loiseau in Saulieu, Billoux, Frachot in Dijon, Levernois in Beaune, Pras in Chagny, have risen to the challenge : a new chapter marks the experience of French taste, or as Youri Lebault describes it, the magic of true authenticity.
This dialogue between exceptional fine wines and haute cuisine promises to be a first.
To taste a Romanée saint Vivant, a Charme-Chambertin, a Corton Charlemagne, or a Chevalier Montrachet is a privilege for any wine connaisseur.
What is the perfect food wine pairing and with which dishes can each wine be enjoyed? That is the question!
That is why these gourmet restaurants are so important. The genius of a great chef is unrivalled. A perfect match
between a dish and its complimentary holds no secret for him. Subtle associations and major harmonies.
These prestigious wines are of the highest lineage, a source of intense delight. Their noble character has turned them into kings, princes and emperors and their names have become legends.
They gladly sing the praises of the enchanted, generous “terroirs” which mirror the sky above. !
There are magic formulas which conjure up dreams and make them come true. You have to call them up one after another gently and grasp all that they evoke and the hurried echoes that resonate in you.
Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Richebourg, la Tâche, la Grande-Rue, Corton, Clos-des-Lambrays, Clos-de-Tart, Bonnes-Mares, Musigny, Clos-de-Vougeot, Échezeaux, Grands-Échezeaux, et tous les Chambertins :
Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin, Ruchottes-Chambertin, Chapelle-Chambertin, Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze, Latricières-Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, Clos-Saint-Denis, Clos-de-la-Roche.
And for the white wines : Corton-Charlemagne, Charlemagne, Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, Bâtard-Montrachat, Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet, Briots-Bâtards-Montrachet et Chablis Grand Cru (qui peut être suivi du nom de climat : blanchot, bougros, les clos, grenouilles, preuses, valmur, vaudésir).
These premiers crus bloom over an area of a few acres, forming a thin ribbon winding its way between Gevrey Chambertin and Vosne Romanée, and on through Nuits St George and Beaune, coming close to the sublime thanks to the perfectly situated “climats” and the “clos”.
Complex and supple, perfect, silky tannins, sparkling soft fruits, enflaming and profound
associations, gentle faces, sensual and pronounced taste, dream like harmonies, morning glory and night time charm, truths of the night. They are poetry and presence, perfect union.
…. a winged and well-travelled land, a time in the heat of time. They reveal themselves to the wine lover at the first taste, the vibrato of a kiss, enthusiasm … rapture …The spirit is made flesh.
At the heart of French cultural identity lies the Adventure and the Exception of Burgundy. What follows on from these comfortable restaurant tables, these exclusive wineries is Unique, and will remain as such carved in letters of gold.
“What is eternity? It is the sea fled away with the sun”, to quote a great poet.
Needless to say that at the end of these two days, you too will be carried away by these eternal suns.