often involves wine and food. We had grand plans for another snowboarding trip to the mountains for our second last weekend in Geneva but I got really sick so the Man decided that it should be a weekend filled with good food and wine then. He booked us a last minute stay at Chateau de Gilly. Our BEST friends loaned us their car and some 2.5 hours later, we arrived at Burgundy.
I later learned that Château de Gilly is a former residence of 14th-century monks. It’s location was ideal for it was situated between Dijon and Beaune. The hotel has preserved its authentic 14th and 16th-century character, reflected in its moats, French-style gardens and a dining room with a magnificent vaulted ceiling.
After checking in the hotel, we decided to drive to the nearby Gevrey Chambertin village to do a little wine tasting. But we were disappointed with the wine offerings. So off to Nuits-Saint Georges it was to try and buy up some bottles of wine. The Man was pleased with his haul. Among his buys, I guess one of the most unique bottles that we purchased was a 1977 bottle of Gevrey Chambertin. Definitely took a risk with the buy but I’m hoping that it would be memorable when we do get to taste it.
Took a rest in the hotel before heading off to dinner at the Le Clos Prieur, which was conveniently situated within the hotel premises. Despite feeling extremely sick, I was still pretty excited about the dinner for the Le Clos Prieur restaurant has 3 stars in the Gault & Milau 2010 guide, furthermore, it is set in a former 14th-century wine cellar with an extraordinary architectural design.
We took the degustation (5-course meal) menu. It was generally pretty good but the below dishes really left a striking impression on my taste-buds.
The foie gras terrain that’s coated with dark hazelnut chocolate. It sounded a little queer but taste-wise, it was absolutely divine!
The restaurant’s signature dessert – Tirmaisu. Although I thought it was more of a deconstructed tiramisu. The Man didn’t really think too highly of the dessert but I loved the crunchy hazelnut biscuit part. I’m hardly a chocolate or sweets kind of gal but the crunchy bits kinda sealed the deal for me.
I wished I was feeling a lot better to fully enjoy the dinner. In between the courses, try as I might but I simply couldn’t stop the coughing spell. It gotten so bad that I thought I was probably a nuisance to the other patrons for the evening.
All in all, it was a relaxing weekend getaway in one of our favourite regions in France.