Last Spring we traveled through Champagne and Burgundy, on a trip we hosted for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. There, with our group, we sampled extraordinary Champagnes at Salon and Selosse. In Burgundy, we explored the Côte d’Or, drank Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Volnay among many others. We enjoyed savory Beef Bourguignon with aged Gevrey-Chambertin and took in the sights of historic Beaune.
Just when the trip seemed as if it couldn’t be any better, we stopped at the cellars of Henri Boillot in Meursault. The acclaimed winemaker welcomed us himself and patiently explained the various plots and sub-appellations of his estate. He produces 30 different wines, so there are an infintive number of details to comprehend.
During the tasting, Henri mentioned he’d never visited Louisiana and that New Orleans, in particular, was a city he’d longed to see. Dann and Colette Schwartz, residents of the Big Easy, quickly invited him to visit. Henri eagerly accepted and over the next few months we coordinated a tour that included New Orleans, Alexandria, Louisiana and Austin, Texas — our own hometown.
Almost a year later, Henri finally arrived and we spent five unforgettable days together. Here’s what we learned: