Hunting for Foie Gras
16.06.2016 - 16.06.2016 17 °C
Last night’s rainbow and sunset really didn’t forecast the lovely weather we were hoping to have today. But the sky sure was gorgeous!!!
This morning’s trek was with Jean-Philippe Janoueix, owner of the fabulous chateau that is our home this week. He is also partner to John Howard, owner of megalomaniac where Mary Ann works part-time. Jean-Philippe took us to visit his other properties in Pomerol and Saint-Emilion/St. Georges. His family has owned Chateau La Croix St. Georges in Pomerol for 4 generations. Neighbours to La Croix include some of the most famous chateaus of Pomerol - Le Pin, Cheval Blanc and Petrus. Yup! Impressive!
We also visited properties in the nearby appellation of Montaigne St. Georges. There is one estate fully-owned and another partly owned. The expectation is that St. Georges will be owned by M. Janoueix and M. Howard soon. And of course La Confession where we met Titou, the very large & very calm Great Dane. He wears the flag of La Confession as a scarf!
That was something else we learned today! Some chateaux fly flags - usually their own. However, when they have guests, they fly the flags of the guest’s home country. We are honoured by having the Maple Leaf flying at La Confession!!
We dropped M. Janoueix at La Confession and made our way to the town of Bergerac to search for the Foie Gras route. We arrived during the lunch break - businesses close between 1 - 2 for lunch, and the tourist office was closed. We explored this little town and discovered that it was the setting for the story of Cyrano de Bergerac!!! We went to the tourist office, found our map and some restaurants close by so we drove out…only to find that restaurants are often open only for lunch and dinner but closed in the afternoon! SIGH!
Deciding to head to Libourne where we knew we could get an electrical adaptor (the one we brought was USB only, no good for the hair dryer!) we found a farm selling foie gras de canard - duck! The lovely lady there explained to us the various products, we made our purchases and headed back. Hopefully we’ll find somewhere in Paris with foie gras on the menu.
All afternoon was quite rainy and a walk through the vineyards after dinner bore that out - lots of water pooling between the rows. It’s not been a great Spring for the Bordeaux region - far too wet & cool - here’s hoping the rest of the summer is better.
Mary Ann & Alena