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Here’s proof that you don’t to go all the way to Cornwall to get great fish and chips. Tasted at a dinner in the wonderfully renovated Chateau Soutard in Saint Emilion – but the chef was trained in England !

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Tucked away in the Derbyshire Dales a discreet stone’s throw for the magnificent Devinshire family pile of Chatsworth is the perfect English Country House Hotel : Baslow Hall. Looking for all it’s worth like a classic 17th century manor House, Baslow was in fact only built in 1907 recreating gabled wings and stone mullioned windows with leaded panes all set in beautifully mature gardens adding to the period image.

Max and Susan Fischer now run Baslow Hall as a hotel, or rather as a restaurant with rooms as the emphasis is just as much on the excellence of the cuisine as the warmth of the welcome.

Hence it is known as Fischers at Baslow Hall. Local produce including fruit, veg and herbs from the kitchen garden beside the house which is Max Fischer’s passion. Local Sheffield chef Rupert Rowley has run the kitchens since 2003 and has maintained the one star Michelin standard awarded in 1994. All this complimented by a very comprehensive, reasonably priced and I’m happy to say, Bordeaux friendly wine list.

The perfect English country house getaway for our French friends.

http://www.Fischers-Baslow.co.uk

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Bleu de Chanel

Luxury is synonymous with Bordeaux, reinforced by the well-known presence of luxury conglomerates LVMH and Pinault owning leading estates, Yquem and Cheval Blanc and Latour respectively. Less well know is that couture and perfume house Chanel owns two leading Bordeaux properties, neatly balanced between left and right bank : Château Rauzan Ségla, deuxième grand cru classé of Margaux and Château Canon, première grand cru classé of Saint Emilion. At first their seems little synergy, unless of course you take into account the commitment to quality which can clearly be seen in the rigorous renovation that has taken place in these properties.
Chanel purchased Château Canon from the Fournier family in 1996 and they have invested a serious budget in renovation, starting with the vineyards (that needed a dramatic replanting programme), the cellars but also the amazing underground quarries on which the château is perched. This has all come beautifully together with the recently completed cellars. If you look closely here is where you can see a Chanel signature – – the decoration of the cellars echos the recently launched aftershave Bleu de Chanel.

It is apparently the colour used for the family’s racehorses – an elegant touch of luxury indeed.

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Last week Bordeaux Blonde tested the new direct flight from Dijon to Bordeaux on her way back from Burgundy. This weekend the same route but for different wines. The wines of the Jura are only an jours’ drive away Dijon. One flight 3 wine regions – brilliant! You could do worse than to Start your discovery of the Jura at the Chateau de Germigney in Port-Lesney on the banks of the Loue. The old ‘Relais de Chasse’ has a spectacular bar in the old cellars and a great regional wine selection offered by the glass by the 2 young sommeliers to accompany the tasting menus. The food is excellent, the chef brilliantly show cases seasonal and regional produce. If you fancy something more low key their Bistro in the village, offers a more relaxed fare – but book, especially et the weekend they have gained a reputation with both locals and the Swiss from across the border.

The Cellar Bar at Château de Germigney

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