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Olivier Maillard

About Olivier Maillard

Born and bred among the vines of Burgundy, veteran B&R Guide, Trip Planner and oenophile Olivier Maillard distills his passions—for France, for wine, for Morocco, for life—into columns for The Slow Road.

Cuisine 101: Charente-Maritime Cuisine

Oysters and seafood are the stars of Charente-Maritime cuisine, a region renowned for arguably the finest oyster cultivation techniques in the world. more…

In Deep: Île d’Oléron

Like the neighbouring island of Île de Ré, Île d’Oléron is a famously fashionable island oasis off the coast of mainland France. more…

In Deep: Île de Ré

Connected to the medieval harbour city of La Rochelle, Île de Ré is a favourite retreat of France’s affluent elite. more…

Cognac: Holding Court
Since 1869

Atlantic France’s most famous beverage is probably Cognac, the strong but smooth spirit endorsed by Napoleon Bonaparte himself. more…

Vines 101: Champagne

Let’s start with that most basic of questions: what makes Champagne Champagne? more…

Vines 102: Bordeaux Wine Continued

Like some crus, some wine regions are so grand that a proper explanation can’t be restrained to a single blog post. more…

Vines 101: Bordeaux Wine

Wines have been made and shipped from Bordeaux for nearly 1,000 years, and vines have been planted here since Roman times. more…

Of Oysters and Pirates

In 1983, I was a young little French guy and summer time meant something to me. more…

At Les Avisés, Modernity Meets Tradition

At first glance, Anselme Selosse appears to be a normal, even quintessential, Frenchman. You wouldn’t necessarily think him a leader, or even a character. more…

Know Before You Go: Morocco Travel Tips

In the latest in our Know Before You Go series, Trip Planner Olivier Maillard reveals the must-knows about the country he calls “my passion, my baby,” Morocco. more…

Beaune: Our Medieval Jewel

A well-preserved medieval jewel in the heart of Burgundy, wine is more influential in the history and development of Beaune than any other item or commodity. more…

Cuisine 101: Loire Valley Cuisine

Known as “the garden of France” and famous for its gastronomy and douceur (mildness), the cuisine of the Loire Valley has much to offer. more…

Vines 101: Loire Valley Wine

Wine has always been part of life here; Henri IV is reputed to have said of a Loire wine… more…

In Morocco, Mint Tea
Means Time

Mint tea is the cement of Moroccan society. You drink mint tea to calm down, to chill, to take time, to relax, to look at the world, to debate. more…

Immersion Kit: Burgundy

Allow us to shed some light on a few of our favourite places and give you a head start for getting in deep. more…

Vines 102: More
Burgundy Wine

We continue our introduction to Burgundy wines with a primer on the Premier and Grand Cru appellations. more…

Vines 101: Burgundy Wine

An introduction to one of the world’s foremost wine regions, and the home to Butterfield & Robinson more…

A Chat With Chef Christophe Renaud

B&R Trip Planner Olivier Maillard enjoyed an opportunity to sit down with chef Christophe Renaud to get a taste of what feeds this young phenom’s inspiration. more…

A Family Affair At Domaine Aleth Girardin

Aleth Girardin, owner of Le Domaine Aleth Girardin, wants to keep the tradition of the harvest in Burgundy alive. more…


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