Monday, May 19, 2008

La Roseraie, Essoyes

Last week I took a short trip down to the Côte des Bar, in the Aube, to visit a few winegrowers. On the recommendation of a friend, I spent the night at a beautiful chambre d’hôte, or bed and breakfast, called La Roseraie, which I would wholeheartedly recommend to you.

La Roseraie lies on the banks of the Ource River, in the small, quiet village of Essoyes. The village’s main claim to fame is that it was the summer home of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and the great painter is also buried here, together with his family. In terms of wine, Essoyes is located in the Barséquanais, in convenient proximity to such champagne producers as Dosnon & Lépage, Drappier, Serge Mathieu, Cédric Bouchard and Moutard Père et Fils. It’s also very close to Les Riceys, home of the famous Rosé des Riceys.

La Roseraie’s two buildings date from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and are surrounded by an idyllic and verdant garden. The four guest rooms, ranging from 95 to 105 euros per night, are spacious and well-appointed, offering peaceful and welcome repose after long days of winetasting! Before purchasing the property, Marie-Claude and Pierre, La Roseraie’s hospitable and charming proprietors, used to own a restaurant in Paris, and if you request ahead it’s possible to dine with the couple on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Marie-Claude is a superb cook, and it’s a joy to partake of her generous and hearty French country cuisine, sourced from fresh and local produce. Be sure to ask her ahead of time to make her outstanding gougères. In addition, the couple have relationships with several champagne producers in the area, and love to introduce their guests to the local wines.

La Roseraie, 6 quai de l’Ource, 10360 Essoyes
+33.(0)3.25.38.60.24, accueil.laroseraie@laroseraie-en-champagne.com

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This post surprised me--until I realized I was confusing the "Aube" and the "Aude."

Anonymous said...

Peter...
Congratulations on the terrific blog. I check in on it nearly everyday. I clicked on the La Roseraie link and watched the video: charming. Can you tell me the female singer and song that they are playing during the first portion of the video? Thanks--and keep up the good work. It's like a cheap plane ticket.

Peter Liem said...

It’s “New Soul”, by Yael Naim. The only reason that I know that extremely random piece of information is because Apple used that song in a MacBook Air ad.

Dee said...

My husband and I like the Roseraie very much and stay there twice a year. However, I was very surprised to read that Marie-Claude and Pierre used to have a restaurant in Paris!
They were (and still are) publishers.