Sunday, 15 March 2015
'In Vino Valréas': Saturday sniffing out truffles @Richerenches
Anticipation: Sigi (Siegfried Schmidt) of La Maison d'Anvers
(Valréas) proudly showing off the magnificent
Côte de Boeuf he would be cooking for
us in the evening
before we depart for the Richerenches truffle market
Yesterday morning was spent visiting the last truffle market of the 2014-2015 season at Richerenches. I have been to this market once before back in mid-January 2006 when I was on a memorably indulgent Rasteau et truffes press trip.
This time I was invited to join a group of friends, who had met through studying together at the Université du Vin at Suze la Rousse, Like me they were staying at La Maison d'Anvers. We had met up on Thursday on my arrival in Valréas and had passed a very pleasant evening together enjoying Sigi and Vanessa's excellent cooking. Sigi takes charge of of the entrée and main course, while desserts are Vanessa's realm.
Cour du Mistral: the street where the serious truffle business
happens between producers, négociants and courtiers
at the back of vans and cars
... and the band played on
Some of the Suze contingent arriving
Michel, the animator of the group, and his cousin Adrienne, who owns a truffière
and explained in detail the work involved in 'cultivating' les truffes
Sophie's practical bonnet – in contrast to the lovely sunny afternoon on
Thursday in Avignon when I arrived, Saturday morning at the market was bitterly cold.
You don't mess with Jérôme Arsac!
The difference between the two main types of truffle found here:
the finer and more delicate melanosporum and brumale with
a stronger aroma and flavour. The melanosporum is best used raw,
while the brumale can be cooked
Different types of truffle
Florence investigating a truffle
a discreet transaction ....
weighing the truffles
A group photo op