Montrachet (near Beaune / Chagny, France) – Snail Kings
After our Lameloise dinner, we stopped off at Montrachet a few miles down the road (twice in 2 days) on the way back to Beaune. The 2001 Michelin guide gave it 1 star but it’s apparently lost it since. Supposedly it’s glory days are behind it. Perhaps, but their local soil is among the best in the world – this is reflected in the wine of the region and its delicious snails.
1. Fried Shrimp w/ Basil
The shrimp was overcooked and the batter greasy. Not Good.
2. Asparagus/Pea Shooter w/ Egg (Day 1)
The pieces of egg were unncessary but the shooter had a nice deep flavor. Good.
3. Asparagus/Pea Shooter (Day 2)
They omitted the egg and it got better. Very Good.
A giant heaping plate of fresh, plump escargot cooked in a parsley cream. A touch of bread was tucked deep in the shell, toasted, and soaked w/ the creme. This is the dish that made us come back twice (as well as some excellent wine.) Excellent.
5. Bresse Chicken Pt 1
White meat – not the texture of the Bresse chicken at Ducasse, but it had a deeper flavor. Good.
6. Bresse Chicken w/ Black Truffle Broth
Dark meat – overcooked sitting in the broth, rubbery, but the broth was *awesome* – the essence of chicken and black truffles. Chicken – Not Good. Broth – Excellent.
If you’re eating dinner at Lameloise, this is a nice place (with outside seating) you could drop by for lunch the day of or after. Order the snails. Anything else, you’re on your own.