Today’s post will provide a few follow-ups to various bits and bites from the Greater Daglan Area. Let’s start with the restaurant in Bordeaux with the tongue-twisting name of Garopapilles.
My wife Jan and I were in Bordeaux on March 30, and I posted a review of our lunch at the wine-shop-cum-restaurant known as Garopapilles on March 31. In that review, I wrote a fair bit about the wines:
We did rather splash out on this meal — along with the 35-euro menu, plus the 15-euro glass of Champagne, we ordered the sommelier’s recommended wine with each course. Those glasses ranged in price from 6.50 euros each to 8.50 euros each, and all were good choices. The red wine with the plat principal was a Côtes du Rhône that we loved, so much so that we had another glass by itself before the dessert arrived. So when it was all done, the final tally for lunch was 177 euros.
Of course, that’s not counting what we spent on a case of the Côtes du Rhône, which is to be delivered to us in Daglan tomorrow. Yay!
Right after that appeared, Radio Free Daglan global headquarters received a comment from Florida-based long-time friend and loyal reader Sam, who wrote: “Suggestion: add pictures of the wine labels from time to time…”
Good idea, so here we go. It almost goes without saying that the wine was not delivered to us in the promised couple of days — in fact, Jan had to phone the restaurant after several days to say that nothing had arrived. Oops — they admitted that they had become quite busy and, frankly, forgot about our order.
But eventually the large box arrived with 12 bottles, and today seemed like a good day to open one. And here it is, a 2013 Côtes du Rhône called Mon Coeur (My Heart). It’s made by J.L. Chave in the Ardêche, so this was a well-travelled bottle, being shipped first to Bordeaux, and then on to Daglan. Here it is, on our table:
Interestingly, the wine seems to be available — although maybe in minute quantities — at the LCBO outlets in Ontario (the province that includes Toronto, where Jan and I lived for years). The price is shown as $21.95 (Canadian) on the LCBO site, where the following positive review appeared:
Deep ruby. Spicy red and dark berries on the perfumed nose, with hints of licorice and dried flowers adding complexity. Sappy black raspberry and floral pastille flavors spread out and gain sweetness with air. Combines richness and vivacity smoothly, finishing with gentle tannic grip, very good persistence and an echo of fresh flowers. Drink: 2015-2023. Score – 90.
Anyway, Jan and I like it too, and thought it went well with today’s lunch of roast duck breast with raspberry and Armagnac sauce. Here’s my plate:
In case you were wondering, we finished with desserts which we bought at what we think is the best bakery near Daglan, the Maison Carré at Castelnaud. Here they are — Jan’s gluten-free cake on the left, my seriously-chocolate dessert on the right:
Another restaurant follow-up: March 25 was opening day for Daglan’s new restaurant, La Cantine by Chef Fabrice Lemonnier, and that same day I posted my favourable review. I went so far as to say that Jan and I might make a habit of having Wednesday lunches there, after our French classes. It turns out that we were away the following Wednesday (March 30), because of our Bordeaux trip, but we returned for lunch this past Wednesday. The verdict? We loved the soup and the risotto with mushrooms, and yes — we’ll be back. Comfortable, with good food and pleasant service, and a reasonable price.
A weather follow-up: On March 16, I posted an article on the the signs of spring that were increasingly evident, and also commented on the rains we had been having:
(This was our sixth winter since moving to France from Canada, and my wife Jan and I agree that it was the grayest, wettest yet. On the plus side, it never got very cold.)
Sadly, the rains haven’t gone away completely. Today was another gray and wet event. So if you happen to meet up with somebody from the Greater Daglan Area anytime soon, that reddish-brown colour isn’t a sun tan. It’s rust.