In the series on BBC2 “The Very Hungry Frenchman” he shows viewers the country he loves so much and the French recipes that inspired him- starting with his childhood home in the Jura. This is not an area much visited by tourists, but I suspect that many will now explore the region in search of “hidden” or douce France.
Situated south west of Besançon (25 Doubs, Franche Comté), this area is home to Jura wines and Comté cheese – a hard rich alpine cheese that is great for fondue – and a wonderful cheese soufflé created by Raymond. The wines are somewhat out of the ordinary with unfamiliar grape varieties such as Savignin, Poulsard and Trousseau. The most distinctive wine is the Vin Jaune, which is an unfortified white wine which develops under a flor-like strain of yeast!
For the programme he took over the local bistro -the Bistrot de Port Lesney
to find out more about Comté Cheese and a list of stockists see www.comtecheese.co.uk/
For more on the Franche Comté see www.franche-comte.org
The annual wine festival Percée de Vin Jaune takes place in February
Travel by train from London to Besancon via TGV