Chateau de Berne is a magnificent Relais & Chateaux property with its own acclaimed winery, and you’re guaranteed a truly magical stay. You can access it by road or by helicopter as I recently did.
Chateau de Berne is famed for its wines, some of which are served in a distinctive square bottle, and we were in for a treat at dinner. My favourite was the Chateau de Berne Blanc white wine, aged in oak barrels. Chef Jérémy Czaplicki prepared us a true feast in the stunning surroundings of the Orangery – starting with some beautifully presented amuse-bouches.
Our starter was a flavoursome beef heart tomato seasoned with horseradish and red radish paste, fish tartare marinated in citrus and black radishes.
The next course was seabass with chervil served three ways – as a velouté, in crunchy powder and as a crumble with pickled Brussels sprouts. I normally hate these but they had managed to make them very tasty.
After this we tasted a delicate poached and roasted guinea fowl, with salsify, tapioca, black currant and red onion dressing.
Desert was a beautifully balanced orange tart – almond sponge cake with orange marmelade, orange cream, sugar leaf and almond milk sorbet.
We headed over to the Winery where you can enjoy a tasting, hold a meeting or browse in the shop. The wild boar is a symbol of Chateau de Berne and there are apparently lots of them to be found in the surrounding countryside.
I stayed as a guest of Relais & Chateaux at:
Chateau de Berne, Route de Salernes – 83510 Lorgues