Beaune and Chorey-Lès-Beaune
Beaune is the capital of the Côte d'Or and for some it
is considered to be the world's capital of wine. Many big wine trading
companies have their headquarters here. The whole city is interwoven with
large cellars that sometimes cross several streets - under ground of course.
Beaune wines often have aromas of raspberries and strawberries, mostly
rather light, not so mineral, with earthy aromas like a Nuits-Saint-Georges
and can be very good, clear, pleasant Burgundies.
François Gay, Chorey-Lès-Beaune
A Domaine we discovered two years ago and have visited it regularly
ever since. Here you can get good, down-to-earth wines stressing the soil
and requiring a longer time to mature - and alltogether at good prices.
The splendid rosé we tried here last year was unfortunately finished
- it is only produced in years when there is too much liquid within the
red wine mash. So the red wine gets more concentration afterwords.
Bouchard Aîné & Fils, Beaune
One of the oldest wine trading companies in Beaune (not to be mixed up with the bigger and better known Bouchard Pere et Fils). It itself owns no vineyard, but buys grapes or must from vinters and makes wine. Since this summer you can visit the cellars and afterwards taste their wines (of course only the basic ones). The company's roots go back to a Michel Bouchard, a cloth salesman in the 18th century. His Dutch customers, knowing that he passed regularly through Burgundy, asked him if he could take some wine with him. Soon the wine business was more profitable than his cloth business.