25 October 2008

Eze Village: Lunch at the Chèvre d'Or - the Sommelier


Meet Ludivine - the sommelier of Les Remparts - the name of the terrace restaurant. She was absolutely charming, complimented my companion on his choice of wines. I'm sure she does this with everyone! And at the end of our meal, she presented us with the wine labels as souvenirs - each inside a plastic cover. A bit corny perhaps - but rather nice. It also means I can now tell you the wines we drank. Note: we ordered two half bottles - just in case you think we rolled out of the restaurant...as if!

The first was a rosé - Château Simone and the second, a white - a Condrieu. (Wine buffs - click on the links - both make fascinating reading - apparently Condrieu is one of the rarest wines, not just in France but the world)

Ludovine explained that her name goes back to German origins - from Ludovic presumably. She also told us that more and more women are now training for this profession.

Tomorrow - the food - and lest you think I eat like this every day of the week (I wish...) I'll explain the reason for the lunch.

7 comments:

Virginia said...

Well, Jilly I am thrilled you had a companion with such good taste!HA Second, I know nothing about good wine because I can't afford it. I buy for the cute label. That would make Ludvine's hair stand on end I am sure. Lastly, can you find out how they get the labels off? I have some "cute" ones I want to do something with and hot water will wrinkle them up I think.

David -- www.CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

In view of the name of the Chateau and the design of the champagne glasses, I hope that when you share the menu with us tomorrow that it will include at least one item with goat cheese.

It is refreshing to see a female sommelier. In U.S. fine dining restaurants, there is probably a lower percentage of female sommeliers than there are female chefs or other positions.

Your post today raises another mystery. How do they remove the wine labels? We bought a wine label removal kit that had a clear plastic adhesive that was supposed to peel off the wine label so you could put it in a book, but it did not work on most wine labels. I am sure that the French have superior cultural achievements about matters such as removing wine labels.

Sharon said...

What a lovely sommelier. I've experience some very good sommeliers in my day. Most of them have a real enthusiasim for their work. And...why wouldn't they, heh?

Jilly said...

Virginia and David, I haven't a clue how they remove the wine labels. If hot water ruins them, perhaps they soak them in cold water? I'll endeavour to find out but you must understand I don't lunch at the Chevre d'Or every day of the week - in fact it's my first visit in 18 years! So don't hold your breath for an answer...

maria said...

Jilly, I hope we don't have to wait another 18 years for dinner pictures...... Every day has been a real treat!

Gail's Man said...

I see Celine Dion has got a new job now that she's finished her stint in Las Vegas. It seems the world's recession is even touching the rich & famous.

Ming the Merciless said...

Sounded like a lovely lunch.

I'm not a wine drinker (allergy to anything alcoholic) but I do love the bottles and labels. It would definitely make great souvenirs, if the date was an important one. :-)

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