Our last evening on our trip to the Dordogne Valley in France was spent in a beautiful chateau with its adjoining vineyard – Chateau de Panisseau.
We’d arrived shortly after leaving the charming village of Issigeac and wasted no time in checking out the new digs.
This place is sheer French perfection – right down to the vineyards being worked on by the farmers.
The clouds were threatening in the distance (which was a change to be honest as it didn’t rain the entire time we were there) so after a long stroll through the countryside, we gathers the troops to try out of the wine at the Chateau before heading off for dinner at the Michelin star restaurant – La Tour des Vents in Monbazillac.
As had been typical with our trip to the Dordogne valley – we started off with foie gras, duck and asparagus topped with salmon and caviar.
The rest of the meal that evening was pretty much a cornucopia of the chef’s finest meals and boy was it good!
The meal very quickly descended to everyone ordering different things and using that as an excuse to try each other’s meals. 🙂
My favourite part of the meal of course came in the form of dessert – Lloyd went for a melting chocolate ball (*not the actual French name of course… hehe!) and mine was a mix of strawberry, cream and chocolate laced pudding topped with crunchy caramelized nuts and ice cream. It was AMAZING!
It kinda reminded me of something I used to do as a child – whenever I had ice cream, I’d throw some peanuts in and although its not the most obvious thing you’d think to do with ice cream, it’s so good. (If you haven’t tried this at home – give it a shot, it works best with vanilla ice cream though chocolate ice cream could also prove to be a winner).
This was also the trip where my obsession with Canelés started – an obsession I haven’t looked back from ever since! 🙂
The next morning, the rain came our in full force – leaving us with the perfect excuse to stay nice and cosy indoors while we enjoyed a late breakfast of croissants, pain au chocolat and fresh fruits with freshly brewed teas and coffees.
We took the rain as an excuse to also check out parts of the grand chateau next door that was currently being renovated and was kind of a cool way to see how people lived back in the day (its gonna be soooooo good when its all done though…).
Soon enough, it was time to make our back home… but not before stopping off at Monbazillac for, you guessed it, even more wine and some charcuterie (*I just love that word 😀 ).
Dordogne Valley is easily one of the best surprise destinations we visited all year – I had no clue how amazing all the little villages and towns would be here, it’s the real-life embodiment of that ‘romanticised idea’ of what life in rural France is and one that I plan on visiting again, friends in tow! (I’ve already got a few stunning chateaus bookmarked for a summer visit!)