A trip to the capital with lots of enjoyment and Bouvet Ladubay
Just get out, see and experience something different, enjoying it with all your senses – long weekends like the current Easter weekend are perfect for this. Together with the sparkling wine house Bouvet Ladubay* we were able to experience exactly that: a short trip to Berlin between culinary highlights, contemporary art and many exciting impressions, which we would like to share here in detail.
Bouvet Ladubay? The sparkling wine house from Saumur in the heart of the Loire Valley, one of the oldest wine-growing regions in France, is currently one of the most renowned and well-known producers of Brut wines and has been convincing with excellent Brut de Loire for more than 170 years. Here the art of cuvée, i.e. the composition of different grape varieties, is closely linked with contemporary art, which is unique in this way.
What makes Bouvet Ladubay so special?
Founded in 1851 by Etienne Bouvet near the town of Saumur in the Loire Valley, the Monmousseau family has been running the Bouvet Ladubay house for 90 years. The great success of the wine house is mainly due to the fact that Bouvet Ladubay sees wine as a living art and skillfully combines innovation and tradition.
Because in addition to the production of wine, the great passion of Patrice and his daughter Juliette Monmousseau is the fine arts. For example, he opened the Bouvet Ladubay center for contemporary art in Saumur in 1991 and has been accompanying exhibitions by international artists in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin for several years. But more on that in a moment…
Our day trip to Berlin with Bouvet Ladubay – first to the restaurant…
After our arrival in Berlin, the first thing we did was go directly to Charlottenburg, where we were able to enjoy the Bouvet Trésor Saumur Brut in combination with a magnificent seafood platter at lunchtime in the excellent “Diekmann – Restaurant & Austernbar”*.
The Bouvet Trésor Saumur Brut* tastes sparkling and fresh, but with a certain power and creaminess. With its notes of linden blossom, citrus fruit, granny smith and some brioche, it is straightforward, stimulating and invigorating, making it the perfect sparkling wine for a lunch (e.g. with seafood and oysters) or for a social toast.
The “Diekmann – Restaurant & Oyster Bar”
Incidentally, in addition to sophisticated French cuisine, the Diekmann* now also has an oyster bar in the ambience of an old shop from 1870. Only fresh, high-quality ingredients from local production are offered and processed here – the oysters come from the Saint Kerber oyster beds in Cancale in Brittany and are delivered particularly fresh by direct delivery. And you can taste it immediately!
Our seafood platter featured three different types of oysters, as well as black tiger prawns, shallot vinaigrette and homemade garlic aioli. Delicious!
…then to the Martin-Gropius-Bau
After our relaxed lunch in the restaurant, we continued to the Gropius-Bau, where we were able to look at two exciting exhibitions by contemporary artists.
But where does the connection between Bouvet Ladubay and the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin actually come from? Well, the Gropius-Bau once read that Bouvet Ladubay have a contemporary art gallery in Saumur. This got the Gropius-Bau so enthusiastic that they contacted Bouvet and the rest is history. At every vernissage in the Gropius-Bau there is only Bouvet. In addition, Bouvet is allowed to guide its top customers through the museum outside of opening hours and to events. A passion project from both sides is combined here – art and wine in perfect liaison.
We looked at the two exhibitions “Dayanita Singh: Dancing with my Camera”* and “Beirut and the Golden Sixties: A Manifesto of Fragility”* and were absolutely thrilled and fascinated by both. Very different in their way and yet so personal and engaging that you could really feel the people behind the stories. Both exhibitions run until June or August and are very worthwhile!
A wonderful day comes to an end
After many wonderful impressions, we drove home happy and inspired at the end of the day and talked a lot about Bouvet, oysters and the wonderful exhibitions in the Gropius-Bau. The marriage of culinary, wine and art is truly a magical liaison that is simply inspiring!
*Paid cooperation: This post was created in cooperation with Bouvet Ladubay.