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Please help with my Provence questions...

topeater May 13, 2014 12:07 PM

My husband and I are making our first visit to the area next month, so it's down to the wire with planning. I've reviewed most of the threads, so I have some ideas of recommended places. However, I have not found any reviews of the restaurants at our hotels. I was hoping to get some first hand information in case we decide we are too tired from the day's activities to go out again. We will be staying in 3 different places. Chateau des Alpilles in Saint- Remy-de-Provence, Les Bories in Gordes and Hostellerie de levernois outside Beaune (casual and formal restaurants).

I also am thinking about a lunch and tasting tour at Olivier Leflaive in Puligny-Montrachet. I've seen this suggested, but I've never seen a review of the food.

Thanks for any suggestions. And please let me know if the food is just mediocre. With such a bounty of restaurants and cheese, I don't want to waste a meal eating mediocre food!!!

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    masha RE: topeater May 13, 2014 12:13 PM

    Topeater, you may want to start a different post, with the word Burgundy (rather than Provence) in the title (or edit this one if time remains) to get answers to your questions about the area around Beane and Puligny-Montrachet.

    I did in fact provide some information about 2 years ago about a trip we did in 2008 that included an overnight visit to the Olivier-LeFlaive winery, linked here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8478...

    The food served at lunch at OLF is rustic and not particularly memorable, but we enjoyed the experience -- in terms of the tour of the vineyards and cellar, as well as the lunch wine tasting. For much better food in Puligny-Montrachet, go to the Montrachet restaurant. One of the best meals that we had on that trip.

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      topeater RE: masha May 13, 2014 12:24 PM

      Thanks Masha for the advice. I'll also check out your review. I didn't go back as far as 2008 since things change.

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        masha RE: topeater May 13, 2014 12:43 PM

        More recent posts on the France Board suggest that the food at Le Montrachet is still excellent.

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          topeater RE: masha May 13, 2014 02:47 PM

          Yes, I've read several recommendations for Le Montrachet. I'm not asking for restaurant recommendations for the area as I'm overwhelmed with all the information I have. I was asking if anyone has recently tried the restaurants at Hostellerie de levernois? Le Montrachet is at Hotel Le Montrachet.

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            PhilD RE: topeater May 13, 2014 03:37 PM

            I think Masha is trying to help you as Le Montrachet is bang next door to OLF so if you "....don't want to waste a meal eating mediocre food!!!" you just do the tour/wine tasting and pop next door for lunch.

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              masha RE: PhilD May 13, 2014 03:49 PM

              thanks for translating, Phil.

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                topeater RE: masha May 13, 2014 03:53 PM

                Oh, now I get it! Thanks for the geography lesson!

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          masha RE: topeater May 14, 2014 09:45 AM

          Note that there is a 2012 review of OLF by a different poster, "Sue Style," on the same thread that I linked above. You can read the entirety of what she said but the gist of her review was that her experience in 2012 at OLF was similar to mine in 2008.

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            topeater RE: masha May 14, 2014 11:14 AM

            Thanks Masha. Good reports. I have OLF scheduled, but I'm hoping the chicken is better….not into dry chicken in a cold "pink" sauce, but the cheese cart sounded yummy. Do you know if I need to make a reservations for Le Montrachet? We will be there on a Monday or Tuesday. The website is lacking information.

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              ChefJune RE: topeater May 14, 2014 11:34 AM

              I've been in the wine business for a long time, and have never heard Olivier Leflaive referred to as "OLF." Where did that come from?

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                masha RE: ChefJune May 14, 2014 11:38 AM

                Sorry, CJ, it's my abbreviation. I get lazy typing out long names on CH and tend to use short-hand references, typically initials, when posting on CH. I did not mean to suggest that it had any currency elsewhere.

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                  ChefJune RE: masha May 14, 2014 12:56 PM

                  In that case, masha, it should be just "OL." Leflaive is all one word with no spaces.

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