After speed-touring Paris, we headed for Normandy, with the coastal fare a perfect match for a number of French white wines. In Arromanches we checked in at the Hotel La Marine, with a demi-pension rate that assured us a table for breakfast and dinner overlooking the English Channel and the D-Day beaches.
Despite the fact that dinner was "included" with our room, this was a serious seaside restaurant with a wonderful selection of seafood and Norman cuisine (i.e. Camembert and cream sauces, tripe), with the catch brought in fresh from local fishermen every day. I had every intention of going for the seafood (tripe is a taste I have not yet acquired...), and after my success at Perraudin in Paris I went for their "Vin du mois" - another success! This was especially gratifying, as I have never tried a wine from Jurancon before, sweet or dry.
The 2005 Domaine Bellegarde "Cuvee La Pierre Blanche" is a blend of gros manseng (20%, 50-60 year old vines) and petit manseng. Golden yellow in the glass, it burst forth with lemon and butter, pineapple and white flowers - very nice. Rich, balanced, lemony, minerally, with a nice crisp acidity - a beautiful match for Salmon Tartar (appetizer) and Ray doused in Norman butter. Service was slow, but the quality of the food, the view, and the delicious wine made up for it.
13.5% (?) alcohol
Price: €28 (menu)