Pâté d'oie et Sauternes
Sauternes is a place south-east of Bordeaux, that has become internationally synonymous with sweet dessert wine.
The first time I went there, in 1987, I thought the vineyards and grapes would have to be special in some way, but they were absolutely normal.
In the shade of the big trees in the park of Chateau d’Yquem, Prof. Bertrand, head of the faculty of oenology in Bordeaux, explained to me that there were two rivers surrounding that “terroir” thus making that area of France special, because of the morning dew forming on the grapes the Botrytis Cinerea, the noble rot that originates the unique characteristics of those wines.
I returned many times, for the Sauternes and the fabulous local duck pâté, but in 2009 it was different because I went in a campervan.
It was night when I arrived in the parking area of Chateau Rieussec, a premier cru owned by the Rothschild family, and slept there like a log.