While visiting Burgundy last month, my husband and I re-visited a restaurant from our past. We had a wonderful dinner a few years ago at Caves Madeleine, so when we decided to visit Beaune again, we knew that we had to go back. We were not disappointed.
Caves Madeleine is located in the heart of Beaune. A popular spot for locals, this is a small restaurant with a long waiting list. We saw scores of hungry people get turned away. The owner, LoLo, usually has only one seating per night, but he was kind in recommending those without a reservation to head to some of his personal favorite spots.
Caves Madeleine has four tables lined against one wall, with rows and rows of wonderful wine lined up against the opposite wall. Between these walls LoLo has a large communal table shared by different dining parties. No one seems to mind! The table is actually an old monk’s table that is hundreds of years old. We asked what the drawers on the sides of the table were for, and LoLo told us it was where the monks put their bread!
We had one of the solo tables, and sat down to begin what we knew would be a lovely evening.
We asked LoLo, who is also a Sommelier, to select the wines for us. We decided to start with a local white, as I’m a lover of white Burgundy, so he brought us a bottle of the 2005 Butterfield Meursault. I loved this wine, and it complimented our onion tart starter beautifully. This straw colored wine has an expressive nose of white flowers, lemon curd and hazelnut. On the palate there is a lovely touch of oak, with good minerality. I was in heaven! I only wish we could purchase Butterfield wines in the States.
The red wine LoLo chose for us was a 2004 Domaine Simon Bize & Fils Savigny-lès-Beaune Les Fourneaux. Some raspberry and pomegranate still linger on the palate, along with some licorice. There was a wonderful smokiness that paired nicely with my husband’s entrée selection of game hen, accompanied with a cabbage and bacon salad. I ordered the black truffle ravioli, which harmonized beautifully with the earthy mushroom essence of the wine.
We finished the wine with an assortment of cheeses to end the meal. We were stuffed and happy as can be.
Once again, the food was divine and the service was impeccable.
If you have plans to visit Beaune, France in the beautiful Burgundy region, be sure to make a reservation at Caves Madeleine for a very memorable meal.