While in Hautvillers, a village in the middle of the Champagne region, we ate at a really good meal in a restaurant there in a building that was once part of the Abbey where Dom PÃ©rignon did his magic with champagne. It’s called Restaurant de l’Abbaye and the chef Thierry Landragin was such a nice man. We, of course, started with a flute of champagne.
This was the starter and it was so good. It had lentils in cream topped with toast and foie gras, grilled melon (new to me) with a pumpkin puree. I’m going to see if I can duplicate those lentils.
A steak of local beef and many locally sourced vegetables as well.
Tea Gourmand-yum. We were so full at the end of the meal.
Look at the vineyards stretching out to the horizon.
This was our gracious chef telling us about champagne and its history. He said the grapes would be ready in about ten more days and that this year won’t be one of quantity but it will be quality.