Mademoiselle et Chocolat, Montpellier

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Mademoiselle et Chocolat has received a lot of attention lately, and deservedly so. With christmas just around the corner and the cold winter season in full swing, this is the perfect time to indulge in some exceptional chocolates. From indulgent crêpes and chocolate fondue to rich brownies and biscuits, this bar au chocolat has it all! Specialising in hot chocolates, they propose 3 classics (dark, milk and white), along side their choice of 7 hot chocolates “of origin”; decadent potions made with the specially selected chocolates from around the world. I have been awakened to how extremely diverse the realm of chocolate is! M’selle et Chocolat propose a tasting of 3 chocolats d’orgine and I was astonished at how very different each chocolates tasted.

The café itself is a cosy, rustic haven, with spiralling stairs, comfy sofas and tiled floors. The kind of place in which you can sit for hours and browse through one of their books or magazines from the bookcase, or simply sit back and enjoy the softly playing music. All that was missing was a fire burning in a hearth!

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Noir Congo (58% cocoa solids) : “a dark chocolate with a unique taste of mocha, balanced with a touche of fruity raisin and the sweetness of honey.” My first chocolate choice was brilliantly rich in colour. The highest in cocoa solids out of the three, the chocolate had a bitter, smokey note with an undertone of the fruity raisin hitting the top of my tongue. The honey flavour was mellow and sweet against the bitter cacao.

Lait Vanuatu (44%): “a milk chocolate with a hint of caramel and a smokey note – a festival of flavours! Lifted by a touche of coffee and spices. This is a chocolate with character!” This was without a doubt my favourite of the three that I selected. The caramel note shone through making the drink mouthwateringly, lip-smakingly luscious. It is extraordinary that such an intense caramel flavour is a natural component of this chocolate – it could easily have been an addition to the drink. The described background note of coffee was also present and balanced beautifully with the caramel flavour.

Lait Costa Rica (38%): “a milk chocolate for those who love creamy chocolate, with a subtle hint of olive oil.” I found this hot chocolate to be very intriguing – I am still not quite sure what to make of it. As detailed on the menu, this chocolate was indeed extremely creamy and smooth, and definitely had that olive oil undertone. However, another flavour that I couldn’t quite put my finger on resinated on my taste buds – an earthy flavour.

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For all chocolate lovers out there, I highly recommend a visit to Mademoiselle et Chocolat to delve into the world of chocolate. Why not go all out and try their weekend brunch: chocolate spreads and homemade jams on bread, eggs, sausages, bacon and potatoes, then finish it all off with a chocolate fondue of your choice!

Chocolate tasting €13, Brunch €9.50

Mademoiselle et Chocolat, 10 Rue Roucher, 34000 Montpellier

(Monday-Saturday 11:30-19:00, Sunday 11:30-18:00)

T: 04 99 63 18 45

http://www.mademoiselle-et-chocolat.fr

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