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.