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Driving and Tasting through the Côte-d’Or

In Europe, France, Wine and Beverage by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch3 Comments

We drove and tasted our way around the Côte-d’Or where we drank plenty of Montrachet and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Burgundy wine tasting is the best!

Burgundy Wine Tasting in the Cote d'Or France

We woke up surprisingly refreshed after our epic three-star dinner at Maison Lameloise. Perhaps our good night’s sleep was due to the comfortable room at La Maison Chaudenay, a charming B&B in Burgundy.

We couldn’t resist a light breakfast, which was highlighted by chats with Australian travelers staying at the inn. (Since the B&B is owned by a former Aussie and a former Kiwi, it’s not surprising that travelers from down under were at breakfast.)

We took a quick walk around the premises, took a final look at the grand Sequoia tree in the backyard, and then we were on our way to do some Burgundy wine tasting.

Photos of La Maison Chaudenay

Chaudenay Hotel Room in Burgundy France

Chaudenay Hotel Room

View from the Hotel Balcony in Burgundy France

View from from our Hotel Balcony

Enjoying the View in Burgundy France

Enjoying the View

Mindi on the Balcony in Burgundy France

Mindi on the Balcony

Fence in Burgundy France

Fence

Window in the Vines in Burgundy France

Window in the Vines

Chaudenay Burgundy France Selfie

Chaudenay

Sequoia Tree in Burgundy France

Sequoia Tree

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Burgundy Wine Tasting in the Côte-d’Or

Needless to say, we were looking forward to exploring the wine country of Burgundy due to the region’s rich history and our love for wine. For better and worse, we were in Burgundy at the height of the harvest.

Yes, we observed some interesting seasonal activity, but we also lost access to many smaller producers who were busily picking their grapes. This is why we hadn’t set up rendezvous appointments.

Since the inclement weather eliminated the option of biking, we started our day by driving to the official tasting room in Chassagne-Montrachet, where we got to taste a good selection of the world’s greatest white wines representing the best of France.

Chassagne-Montrachet Tasting Room in Burgundy France

Chassagne-Montrachet Tasting Room

Wine Tasting Bottles in Burgundy France

Wine Tasting Bottles

Wine Tasting in Burgundy France

Wine Taster

Enjoying the Wine in Burgundy France

Enjoying the Wine

City Vineyard in Burgundy France

City Vineyard

We then hopped onto the Route des Grands Crus stretching through the vine-filled Côte d’Or. Our next stop was a tasting in Puligny-Montrachet, where we sampled and purchased delicious white wines.

The day was still young, so we headed to the town of Meursault, also known for its Chardonnay wines. Suddenly, it was lunchtime, and everything was closed except for the restaurants.

As we discovered, the French would prefer that everyone eat lunch between 12:00 – 2:00 and shop between 2:00 – 7:00.  So, we had no choice but to take a lunch break. We stopped at a small roadside restaurant in Meursault called Le Bouchon, where we dined at a French equivalent of a luncheonette.

Peugeot Rental Car in Burgundy France

Our Zippy Peugeot

Ripening Vines in Burgundy France

Ripening Vines

Montrachet Grand Cru Vineyard in Burgundy France

Montrachet Grand Cru Vineyard

Mesrsault over the Wall in Burgundy France

Mersault over the Wall

Mersault Roof in Burgundy France

Mersault Roof

Lunch at Le Bouchon in Mersault France

Lunch at Le Bouchon in Meursault

After lunch, we drove through the grape lined fields to our next destination, Pommard – yet another cute village with more wine to be tasted. It was a tough job, but we were up to the challenge.

Future Wine in Burgundy France

Future Wine

Grapes in Burgundy France

Grapes

Grapes on the Vine in Burgundy France

Grapes on the Vine – Note that 2012 may not be great year.

More Grapes on the Vine in Burgundy France

More Grapes on the Vine – These clusters are far more suitable for picking

Vine Posts in Burgundy France

Vine posts make excellent coat hangers.

Burgundian Harvester in Burgundy France

Burgundian Harvester

Cassis Museum and Tasting

Our next stop was a bit off the beaten path, at least for Americans. We drove up to Nuits-Saint-Georges and went to the Cassissium, a museum dedicated to Cassis, the local blackcurrant liqueur. We were given headsets in English, which helped since everything in the museum was in French and German. We toured the somewhat campy museum and sampled various drinks featuring Cassis and Marc, a local version of pomace brandy.

Cassissium in Burgundy France

Cassissium

Cassis Tasting in Burgundy France

Cassis Tasting

Our adventure continued as we headed off to our final destination of the day – La Ruchotte in Bligny-Sur-Ouche…


Thirsty for more wine? Check out our Stellenbosch wine tasting experiences for inspiration. 


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Comments

  1. It sounds delightful. Your planning was worth the effort because you knew where to go.
    I.m amazed how you found these places.

  2. This time I ate before I read your very interesting blog. Much better. The wine and museum looked interesting also.

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