It does not seem possible that our three months in France are at an end - it has really flown by! It has certainly lived up to, and in fact exceeded my expectations. From a business standpoint it has been very productive. My intention was that by being here for an extended period we’d be able to ferret out some exciting new producers and wines to bring into the family, and on that front I’m happy to report a smashing success. All will be revealed in the coming weeks and months, but for now I can tell you that in 2018 we’ll be introducing a total of nine new producers into the Caveau world! Each one is a small, family operation, focused on quality and integrity. People we’re excited to know and wines that we’re thrilled to drink and can’t wait to share with you. 2018 is going to be a banner year indeed!
Since my last report we were able to stop in and taste the awesome 2016s with Alexandrine Roy in Gevrey-Chambertin and Gilbert Felettig in Chambolle-Musigny. They, like nearly everyone else, were both hit badly by the killer April frost in ’16, and lost more than half of their production. What remained was superb, thankfully. Look for an offer on the Marc Roy ‘16s early in the new year - our allocations have just been set, and there will not be enough to satisfy demand, that’s for sure. Watch your email...
This was the first time we’ve ever spent Thanksgiving outside the US. The French have all heard of our uniquely American holiday, but the image they have of it comes from Hollywood movies and all the US TV shows that are huge over here. Having only a small kitchen in our Beaune apartment, and no easy access to a Turkey, we opted for a splurge on a holiday lunch at Lameloise, Burgundy’s only Michelin 3-star temple of gastronomy. It was truly an awesome meal, and the service and elegant setting felt very regal, but in a relaxed, country-side way - not stuffy or pretentious at all. Major yum!
In all our visits to France over the years we’d never made it to Alsace. On the advice of Thiebault Huber, a native Alsatian, we drove over to Colmar for a couple days to visit the famous Christmas Markets and check out the unique Germanic-French part of France. In a word, loved it! Charming, beautiful, and great eats. And of course more boulangeries and patisseries per capita than seems humanly possible. Not that I’m complaining!
Now we’ve just got a few days to squeeze in some good-bye dinners with friends, and then we’ll be back in Portland for the next 5-6 months. I can’t wait to see you at our Champagne event on Dec. 17th! Many stories, pictures and great wines are in all of our futures!