France Lunch
Bailliage of Bordelais
Monbazillac, June 8, 2019
Exploring Monbazillac and its vineyards
" the excellent menu created by Chef Damien Fagette "

On a sunny early summer day the Bailliage was delighted to welcome 25 participants from different parts of France, as well as one member from Canada, to explore Monbazillac and its vineyards.

The day began at 11am when we were welcomed by the owner, Bruno Bilancini, who took us on a guided tour followed by a tasting of his Château Tirecul la Gravière wines.

We then sat down for a meal at the Michelin-starred “La Tour des Vents”.


Grilled foie gras escalope
roasted rhubarb, local walnut shortbread biscuit, fresh strawberries
duck and nutmeg reduction

Slow-cooked John Dory
shellfish, candied kumquat, aubergine caviar

Veal fillet and sweetbread millefeuille with a curry sauce
broad bean and pea stew
caper reduction

Selection of mature cheeses

“Sweet treat”
red berries, blueberries, raspberries
Speculoos biscuit cream, crunchy tuile biscuit
flat parsley sorbet

(from Château Tour des Gendres)
Bergerac Sec ‘Contine périgourdine’ 2017
Bergerac Sec ‘Cuvée des Conti’ 2017
Côtes-de-Bergerac Rouge ‘La gloire de mon père’ 2016
Pétillant naturel

We enjoyed a stunning panoramic view overlooking Monbazillac’s vineyards while our taste buds were treated to the excellent menu created by Chef Damien Fagette.

Jean-François Guichard
Bailli Délégué (who is also acting Bailli of Bordelais)