Friday, May 22, 2015

Lunch in Gevrey-Chambertin, Bourgogne, France

Pictures: Annette Schiller, ombiasyPR and WineTours, Christian Schiller and Sandrine Rebsamen at Chez Guy in Gevrey-Chambertin

Recently in the Bourgogne, our final meal was a Formule Déjeuner* à 24 € at Chez Guy in Gervrey-Chambertin, the famous wine village in the Bourgogne. It was excellent.

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I wrote this posting for 2 reasons.

First, for 24 Euro (tax and tip included) we got a wonderful 3 course lunch at a fine restaurant, recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide. A steal!

Pictures: Annette and Christian Schiller in Gevrey-Chambertin

Second, I will be back to Gevrey-Chambertin, with the Bourgogne Tour by ombiasy WineTours in June 2015, and we will again have a meal in Gevrey-Chambertin. In addition to my comments (including photos) on the lunch at Chez Guy, this posting provides a short overview of the lunch/dinner options available in Gevrey-Chambertin.

Picture: Gevry-Chambertin

Lunch at Chez Guy

Chez Guy website: Imagine a lovely Burgundian residence with its traditional varnished-tile roof, niched among the narrow streets of the well-known winemaker’s village of Gevrey-Chambertin. The imposing fireplace and welcoming terrace signal the hospitality of two generations of chefs whose approach to the art of cooking bares their image: generous, savory, contemporary, concocted with in-season produce of farmers’ markets…

Picture: Chez Guy in Gevry-Chambertin

Evelyne and Guy Rebsamen, the founders of this establishment, have always enjoyed finding inspiration for their dishes at Dijon’s farmers market, as does Yves Rebsamen, the man now in charge of the kitchen, who goes there several times a week. Their objective is to excite the taste buds with fresh produce: Bresse chicken, tender asparagus, ripe red berries of the Hautes Côtes, Epoisses cheese from Gaugry produced just down the road in Brochon, grass-fed Charolais beef from Charolles… Burgundy has the best of everything ! Respectful of organic ideals « Chez Guy » gives top priority to local or French products. The family has in fact seriously reflected on ways to diminish its carbon footprint. Privileging seasonal produce from nearby growers is one way.

Talented 32 year-old chef Yves Rebsamen has been orchestrating the kitchen already for some years. Trained under Ledoyen and Bernard Loiseau, today he is assisted by his sister Sandrine and life partner Nadine. Loyal to his region, yet sensitive to innovative culinary combinations, Yves turns market goods into gastronomic delicacies: parsleyed ham of the house, beef cheeks in red wine, perfectly poached eggs à la meurette, Charlotte potato purée with Echiré butter, pan-cooked veal liver with Sherry vinegar…

Pictures: Lunch at Chez Guy

As for the wine list: for years it has been remarked by the several distinguished restaurant guides for offering a high ratio of quality versus price. Every week it is endowed with excellent choices by Natacha (the sister of Yves) who inherited her father’s passion for discovering hidden treasures along the « Route des Grands Crus ». Among the most renowned wineries whose prized labels are still reasonably priced, they can brag : la Romanée-Conti, Coche-Dury, Lafon, Denis Mortet, Armand Rousseau, Geantet-Pansiot, Charlopin, Humbert Frères, Alain Burguet, not to mention Gangloff, Cuilleron, Jean-Louis Chave… Connaisseurs will think they’ve gone to Heaven.

Guide Michelin: Very tasty regional dishes at a reasonable price, a remarkable wine list with Burgundy to the fore and a fresh, modern setting... Guy certainly knows a thing or two about welcoming guests!

Picture: We will be back!

My Gevrey-Chambertin Recommendations

Chez Guy

For 24 Euro (tax and tip included) we got a wonderful 3 course lunch at a fine restaurant, recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide. A steal!
3 Place de la Mairie

Bistro Lucien

With its exposed stone walls, banquette seating and superb wooden bar, this bistro is the perfect complement to La Rôtisserie du Chambertin, where it is housed. On the menu, you can expect lovely Burgundy cuisine. Simple and good!
6 Rue du Chambertin

Le Bar a Vins

Café – Brasserie – Bar
Cuisines: Brasserie
7 Rue Richebourg

La Jeannette

Trip advisor: “Great casual pit stop” “A Little Gem” Price: $5 - $15
1 Rue Gaizot

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