Wine tour of Burgundy, then TGV to Paris

Up early this morning to finish packing and move out of the lovely apartment I’ve been in for the last 3 nights.  Landlord, Andre, came by to wish me a bon voyage and was picked up promptly by Patrick of Burgundy Discovery.  We circled around Beaune for a bit as he picked up two couples who both turned out to be young tech types from New York.  It was kind of a rainy grey type of day, and off we went north towards the famous Vosne-Romanee area.  Those wines have become completely unaffordable but we did a tasting at nearby Domaine Michel Noellat.  Some nice wines and a quick tour of their cellars, mainly the barrel storage.  So, a few things about Burgundy:  Very small overall amount of wine produced, but 2017 is going to be a bumper year.  There are four basic grades of Burgundy, the Regional, the Village, Premiere Cru and Grand Cru.  There is an additional designation when a winery owns a complete vineyard, very unusual with Napoleonic inheritance laws, it will be labeled “Monopole.”   Primary grapes are Chardonnay, Pinot Noit and a little bit of Aligote.  After a second tasting at Domaine de L’Ardhuy, it was off to Levernois, a Michelin stared restaurant and hotel for lunch.  The grounds were beautiful, and the meal was elegant and well served, but I didn’t find it to be anything particularly exceptional.  The red shared with us was a premier cru and definitely not one of my favorites, oh well.  Off to one another winery in Savigny for a final tasting and cellar tour.  Here’s a link to one stop:  http://www.domaine-michel-noellat.com and another: Domaine D’Ardhuy

And the restaurant:  Levernois.

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One thought on “Wine tour of Burgundy, then TGV to Paris

  1. Too bad you didn’t have a fancy meal you could rave about. Maybe the restaurant just hasn’t gotten up to speed on gluten free, yet. It takes some experimenting…. Lovely looking vineyards!

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