On our route with our faithful Mercedes A Class to the Midi, we had booked an overnight stay at the Hotel Restaurant "Les Paulands" in the midst of the Burgundy vineyards. Situated only 5 kilometres from Beaune and the near the A6 and A31 Autoroutes, it seduces not only with a swimming pool, but also with a hotel parking which is secured at night.
So important when you are travelling with your car full of holiday luggage.
It proved to be a relaxing, comfortable and culinary stay, a very pleasant experience.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
Our room overlooked the vineyards, and also we had our A Class Mercedes (right) in view...
"You have a room overlooking the vineyards", explained the friendly owner, Mr. Christophe Fasquel, who was at the age of 19 already the third best "Sommelier" of the whole of France. Indeed, our well shaded room had a very fine view, overlooking the Aloxe-Corton wine area, and proved roomy and comfortable.
The 3 star hotel is nested in an 18th century building amidst the vineyards. It also has a very welcoming cellar, where the friendly Mr. Christophe Fasquel will receive you during the day.
It is possible there to taste and purchase a very fine selection of Burgundy wines; Actually, Les Paulands have owned and farmed the Burgundy vintages for over a century now, and this shows. You can taste (and purchase…) between not less than thirty appellations. He selects the best “crus” of the region, and focuses on Côtes-de-Beaune. He puts them in barrels between 12 and 24 months, then bottles them. He exports to French and overseas clients not less than 50000 bottles per year, spread between 40 different appellations !
Of course, free Wi-Fi was available, individually both for me and my wife. After a refreshing dive in the pool, it was time to turn to the culinary delights in the open air terrace restaurant which is situated alongside the pool. I personally indulged in a very fine glass of Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc (see photo above) , while my wife opted for the Crémant de Bourgogne et Sirop de Pamplemousse Rose, a very fine and refreshing combination, which is actually dubbed the L’apéritif maison « Le Paulandier ». We had chosen the Menu "Découverte", costing 34 Euro, comprising an entrée, main dish fish or meat, and cheese plus dessert.
As a starter, we opted both for the “Terrine de Campagne au Marc de Bourgogne et Noisette Et son Confit d’Oignons à la Bière”, which proved light and a very tasteful combination.
For the main course, my wife opted for the “Bar Entier Rôti duo de Citron et Epices.” The bar fish proved excellent, in a well chosen combination with lemon and spices.
I went for the « Brochette de Magret de Canard de Barbarie aux Fruits de Saison », or Skewer of Barbary Duck Breast with season fruits and vegetables. The Barbary Duck is the culinary term for Muscovy duck (Cairina moschata), a large duck indeed. It proved to be smooth and tasty, not too dry or hard. Again the combination with season vegetables proved judicious and entertaining, to say the least.
The cheese dish consisted of soft burgundy cheese wrapped in a crusty, wafer thin “envelope”, and last but not least we had a cake as dessert covered with a gelée of rhubarb.
We accompanied our meal with a red Bourgogne Côtes de Nuits Villages 2012. This wine has a velvety dark robe, a rich, generous and smooth taste, touches of peony and jasmine, pistache, prune and mushrooms. A delightful, strong personality, soft tannin, excellent as an accompaniment for red and grilled meat, soft cheeses. Needless to say, we purchased a few bottles of this excellent wine.
With the very warm weather during our trip the refreshing pool proved welcome...
After an excellent and restful night and generous breakfast, we left “Les Paulands” in good spirits, indeed a pleasant experience…
Hans Knol ten Bensel