Chateau de Montbazillac, Dordogne

My last day in Dordogne, we went to a local market, then decided to visit the vineyard at the Chateau de Montbazillac. For those of you who haven’t tried Montbazillac wine, it tastes sweet, like a Sauterne or Jurancon, but with a bitter taste at the end. I prefer Jurancon!

The low-key restaurant at the chateau had a prix fixe menu with several options for each course. I started with the duck ham and melon (are we seeing a theme here in Dordogne? Duck, duck, and more duck). Lots of fresh, sweet Charantaise melon with the salty, fatty duck and bitter rocket. Yum.

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Then, another entrecote, this time covered in sauteed shallots. Served with herbed potatoes (good but a bit overcooked) and a vegetable tian (of aubergine, tomato, onion and courgette – REALLY good with the roasted aubergine). This was another piece of steak that I just couldn’t finish… though I tried my best!
IMG_2243Finally, to finish, I had a pistachio pannacota with a berry coulis on top. The coulis was amazing, while the pannacota was plastic-y. In the fresh coulis, you could taste the fresh strawberries and notice that it was newly made… and not too sickly sweet. How good. So, I scooped it all up and left the pannacota… then headed off to the airport!

 

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