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Hi, I'm Dermot Nolan, and I became a Master of Wine (MW) in 1997, and resigned from the Institute of Masters of Wine in 2023 after being an MW for exactly 26 years. I opened a wine shop in DĂșn Laoghaire, Ireland, called The Wine Library, which closed in 2018, and this is my personal wine blog. I will do my utmost to be fair and responsible in my posts – please read my Who Pays article in re the ethics of wine trips and writing. I have worked in wine education, retail, and consultancy since 1990. I was a Director of the Institute of Masters of Wine (IMW) from 2008 to 2014 and was also a member of the Events Committee, founder of the Trips Committee, and member of the Governance Committee. Having had problems with potentially libellous comments from unidentifiable posters, I now require that if you post a comment, you must identify yourself properly or it won't be published. Please note that I do not review products or services on request so kindly don't ask. I value my independence and I believe my readers (few that they may be) do so also.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paul Bocuse

I'm currently in Lyon so last night my partner Liz and I ate out at Paul Bocuse. For those of you who don't know, he is one of the finest chefs ever and has been a top chef for over half a century.

The restaurant is in Collonges, just to the north of Lyon and is beautifully appointed. From the moment we arrived we were treated very well and the atmosphere is lovely. It's an old-fashioned restaurant, lots of paintings and mirrors on the walls, with lovely tables and chairs as well as personalised delph. At different stages in the evening both Mr Bocuse and Mme Bocuse greeted every table.
We both chose from the same menu classique - Liz started with a superb lobster soup while I had a delicious gratin of shrimp. Mains were hare for Liz and filet Rossini for me, accompanied by a 2006 Nuits-St-Georges Clos des Porets Henri Gouges. All were gorgeous and the wine was remarkably open for such a young wine.
Cheeses were fabulous - a huge tray, laden with local and national cheeses was brought to us, all in perfect condition.
Desserts were even more amazing - three trays of fabulous delights were brought including fresh fruits, ice creams, cakes and more.
The staff were friendly and attentive without ever being suffocating, very professional. An expensive treat to see out the year but you only get these chances once in a while!

1 comment:

Murray said...

Sounds great, an eating and drinking trip to Lyon is definitely on my list.