France: Jura

Around Arbois

Salins les Bains to Poligny
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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©Hotel Restaurant Château Mont Joly,

Château Mont Joly

Address: 6 Rue du Mont Joly, 39100 Sampans
Tel: 03 84 82 43 43   Fax: 03 84 79 28 07
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:7:24N (47.12327)     Longitude: 5:27:24E (5.45678) 

Romuald Fassenet is one of the chefs who, along with Jean-Paul Jeunet and Thierry Moine (La Balance), regularly cooks for the big Jura wine events to which I am sometimes invited. So, I’ve eaten his food several times, though only once at his smart restaurant near Dôle, which he opened with his wife in 2007 having already gained a Michelin star elsewhere - now he has one here too. Although a little drive north of the wine area, this is well worth a visit, with excellently prepared food served in lovely surroundings in this refurbished classical château. Lobster is a particular speciality here, though there is much else to recommend too. As you would expect there is a good list of fairly traditional Jura wines selected by Romuald’s wife Catherine, the daughter of a Château-Chalon vigneron. The seven modern and quite luxurious hotel bedrooms mean you don’t have to drive anywhere after dinner.

Useful information: Menus: €35 (weekday lunch)-€88. Also a tasting menu at €98. Rooms: €90-€200; breakfast: €14. Half-board packages available. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday all day except in July/August. In July/August closed lunchtimes Monday – Wednesday. Check for mid-winter closures.

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