There are some hikes that are more charming than others. Nuits-Saint-Georges’ “Gourmet Trail” is certainly one of the best! It consists of 7 kilometers of hiking trails, through Burgundian vineyards in the mythical village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, punctuated by tasting booths with samples of local food and wines.
That’s enough to bolster the hearts of nearly 1 500 visitors that braved the unpredictable weather on Sunday, June 12, 2016. And for those still hesitant as to the benefits of this reinvigorating viticultural stroll, we should point out that all proceeds from this event are donated in full to the AGEF’s day service, an organization which assists people with disabilities.
Like every year, the Maison Labouré-Roi was once again a partner of this 6th edition of the “Gourmet Trail”. And with all their hearts and courage, Sylvie and Simon offered to be our two ambassadors for this event in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
By 10:00 in the morning, dressed from head to toe in rain-proof clothing, they were welcomed by the AGEF team. Equipped with backpacks, a walking stick, and the indispensable tasting glass and its unique cup-holder, they were off on the first leg of their journey.
A few hundred meters later, our Sunday ambassadors were welcomed by a friendly orchestra. The organizers of the first booth immediately invited them to taste their succulent giant “gougères” (cheese puff pastry), accompanied by white and rosé Crémants de Bourgogne, fresh and bubbly, perfect for keeping spirits up in the face of these hazardous weather conditions.
Of course, the atmosphere was joyful, and the Crémant, while it didn’t chase the clouds away, allowed for conversations to flow easily and smiles to appear. The “gougère” having filled their stomachs, Sylvie and Simon, along with their travel companions, now dashed towards the next stop on their journey.
Following a narrow path through the vines, they arrived at the underground limestone quarries of the Poirets. The tour of the 10 to 12 meters’ large galleries, at a depth of a few hundred meters, dating back to the Gallo-Roman times, was greatly appreciated by all the hikers.
And finally, lunch was served! On the menu, a soft boiled egg in aspic and its baby vegetables in balsamic vinegar, with a mustard mousse and croutons served with white and red wines from the Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits.
But this meal was just one of the stopovers, Sylvie and Simon now had to walk 2 more kilometers, on a small plateau around a belvedere where the main dish awaited: a pork filet mignon in mustard sauce served with vegetable gratin paired with a Nuits-Saint-Georges 2014 from the Maison Labouré-Roi, accompanied by the music of another orchestra. All of this while enjoying a magnificent view of the surrounding vineyards!
It is thus satisfied and full that our two accomplices arrived in front of the “pas du dragon”: very realistic dragon footprints, imagined and carved in the 21st century by Peter Julian! It was time now for some cheese, the hike was meant to be gastronomic after all! The tasting consisted of a trio of cheeses from the Delin cheese factory, served with a Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2014 from the Maison Labouré-Roi. A vigorous and full-bodied wine, perfectly fitted for this part of the journey!
Of course, there was no time for naps after this fulfilling meal. Our hikers were expected at the Château Gris, at the Roche-Royer cellar, at the “Metaphysical Temple”, and finally at the Saint-Symphorien Church for an informative tour of Nuits-Saint-Georges’ heritage and history. The journey came to an end by the Meuzin river flowing through the village, with a last refueling stop consisting of a medley of fruits on pastry, served with a new Crémant de Bourgogne.
Satisfied and satiated by the magical scenery, Sylvie and Simon completed their hike visibly joyful, just like all other participants. It was a cloudy 6th edition of the “Gourmet Trail”, but also delightfully convivial and one which allowed, once again, for each participant to experience the best of what the Côte d’Or has to offer in a magical setting admired by all lovers of Burgundy’s wines.