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La Grand’Vigne - Fine Dining in Bordeaux

La Grand’Vigne - Fine Dining in Bordeaux

Just south of the city of Bordeaux in Martillac you will find a wonderful hotel amidst the vineyards of Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte with a 2-Michelin-Star restaurant: La Grand’Vigne. The inventors of fine dining and the inventors of red wine…this could be good.

(Review of the hotel Les Source des Caudalie will follow)

 

Ambience

I really love the old wood style of the Les Source de Caudalie, because it fits so perfectly to the vineyards of Bordeaux. More on this in my review of the hotel.

The neighbouring chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

On of the vegetable gardens for the restaurant

The dining room itself had an elegant atmosphere and view of the gardens.

I like to be the first one in the restaurant, but it was filling up quickly

Apéritif

I asked the sommelier to surprise me with something special as the aperitif and boy did he deliver.

Excuse the bad picture quality, I may have been too excited

The Henri Giraud Aÿ Grand Cru Fût de Chêne Brut MV10 was really something special and new for me. This champagne was so creamy, peachy, just fantastic. One thing to note though: whenever you tell a Fine-Dining-Sommelier to give you something special, the bill is going to increase substantially ;) (here by 50 EUR for a glass).

The Menu

I chose the five step journey through Aquitaine.

Amuse-bouche

The bread did disappoint a little. It did not feel fresh and rather dry.

1st Course - Walk in the garden

2nd Course - Crayfish and foie gras royale

3rd Course - Sea bass from “La Cotinière”

4th Course - Miss Le Guen’s pigeon

5th Course - Dessert: The fig

Wine

Of course I chose a red wine from the area: Chateau Latour-Martillac Pessac-Léognan Grand Cru Classé 2014. Good value for money.

Summary

Restaurant La Grand'Vigne
Brand SLH
Chef Nicolas Masse
Michelin Two Stars
Gault&Millau 17/20 / 3 Hats
Verdict A wonderful experience that was only tainted by the quality of the bread which was a little dry and didn't seem freshly made. I think in a 2-star restaurant the bread needs to feel like fresh out of the oven every time. Everything else, though, was up to par: thoughtful, friendly service, dishes following an overall arc (Aquitanian journey) and were a delight on the palate. And of course the suggested red wine was fitting, as expected. The recommended Champagne did surprise and made me note it to buy for myself.
CT Points 95

Since I was a solo diner, they gave me this book about the hotel’s story

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