Madame has her environment, times and price, of course...
Burgundy truffle is a luxury product that appreciates the limestone plateaux that dominate the wine region and truffle beds in the wild areas and undergrowth.
Growing happily among the hazel, hornbeam and black pine, this fragile fungus is harvested from mid-September to late January, which explains its high price.
To hunt out this treasure, there’s no need for high technology, just a specialised dog with an unstoppable flair for sniffing out the musky scent of the fungus.
Yes, but Madame is divine!Its scent of the undergrowth and hazelnut is irresistible but can disappear very easily, so the secret of a successful dish comes from capturing the truffle’s delicate aromas. Marry it up with a generous omelette, or a fine salad with walnuts and a drizzle of olive oil. Walnut St Jacques or risotto will be brought to perfection by this wonderful fungus.
Madam is served...
To share all its secrets, the “Maison des milles truffes et champignons” (House of a Thousand Truffles and Mushrooms), located in the Hautes Côtes de Nuits, has created an entire exhibition and educational tour followed by a tasting of the product.
At L’Or des Valois in Concoeur et Corboin, you can go for a truffle searching session, hunting for truffles with an expert and his dog, followed by a tasting and an "all truffle" lunch. In autumn, combine wine tasting and truffles at Domaine Rion in Vosne-Romanée, or book a themed weekend’s bed and breakfast at Domaine de la Combotte in Nantoux to visit a truffle farm and explore the subtle combination of Burgundy wines and truffles.