Friends gave us a black truffle. The aroma is overpowering, earthy and sensuous and to my mind the only thing to do with it is shave it over some eggs in an omelette. And what do you drink with a truffle? It has to be Pinot Noir, the farmyard notes of the truffle compliment the perfumed savoury character of the wine. The best Pinot Noir in the Languedoc comes from Domaine de Clovallon, but we didn’t choose Catherine’s top wine, her Pomarèdes, but her young, more simple Pinot Noir, the 2009 vintage, with some lovely fresh raspberry fruit. It complimented the egg and the truffle perfectly.
A few days later we had another Midi moment, this time with Catherine. She had invited us for dinner – first of all a magnum of Sangiovese di Romagna from Fattoria Zerbina, a lovely unusual choice, especially in the Languedoc, and then her friend Nicole had made a chocolate mousse to die for. It was feather light and deliciously rich, and Catherine served 2000 Mas Amiel, Maury. This estate is one of the most articulate exponents of wine with chocolate arguing that their vintage wines, with their red berry fruit and hints of liquorice provide a perfect accompaniment. And last Saturday it did.