Following her culinary adventures in the Netherlands. Carolyn Martin travelled to Switzerland and Burgundy where she enjoyed the hospitality of two of Creation’s partners in wine.
To me arriving in Switzerland is always an exciting experience: this is where I met JC, where we got married and where our children were born. This is also where our partners and friends Carol and Jonathan Drake live, and last week I had the pleasure of visiting them at their lovely home in Geneva. Here I presented an informal tasting of Creation wines to friends and family which was followed by a typical South African braai – boerewors and all – in their garden. Truly a fun event and delightful to have seen wine and champagne expert Kate Morse, who is based in Geneva, again.
Then it was off to beautiful Burgundy where JC joined me and where we met up with our friends and partners Josephine and Martin Prieur, with whom we have planted seven hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in the Hemel-en-Aarde. (Watch this space in a couple of years’ time for the first release.) Being a viticulturist JC of course couldn’t wait to visit their famous Montrachet vineyard, where some of the world’s most sought-after Chardonnay is grown. Wine tasting at Domaine Jacques Prieur is always a special treat and we started by tasting some wines from the tank, including the memorable Montrachet 2016. Barrel tasting presented an equally impressive line-up of Pinot Noir as did the tasting of a selection of seven bottled wines, among which the superb Musigny and Echezeaux 2015.
Another highlight was our visit to the Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny vineyard- a truly picturesque sight in the light of the setting sun. Dinner was at L’Agastache, a small Italian restaurant in Volnay where all the produce on the menu is locally and organically grown. The establishment is run by a husband and wife team and the food was simply delicious and perfectly paired with the Domaine Jacques Prieur Musigny.
Spending the night at La Miex Rosé, right in the heart of the vineyards of Copeau and super close to Chassagne-Montrachet was another treat. It is the home of Gwenaëlle Bidault and a great place for a family stay: there is a swimming pool and all the space you need for a good holiday in Burgundy! Catering and drivers can be arranged too. Click here to find out more.
The next morning was set aside for a meeting with our barrel agent Pierre Cavin in the Côte d’Or. Pierre took us to Domaine Guillon & Fils, a family-run establishment based in Gevrey-Chambertin where we did several barrel tastings before lunching in the local restaurant.
More tasting followed after lunch, this time including South African wines, at the fabulous Le Goût du Vin warehouse in Dijon. They have incredible facilities where wine is stored under perfect conditions and it is definitely worth a visit! Click here to find out more.
The next day Philippe Colin in Chassagne-Montrachet was having a cellar open day, also celebrating his link with South Africa. Apart from sampling his Topiary wines made in South Africa, we once again had the opportunity of saying hallo to old Burgundian friends and winemakers, exchanging ideas and celebrating the fellowship and mutual support existing between winemakers the world over.
Next week Carolyn will be reporting on her return to Switzerland.