Burgundy

Burgundy

Burgundy is one of France’s main wine producing areas. It is well known for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes, respectively, although other grape varieties can be found, including Gamay, Aligote, Pinot blanc, and Sauvignon blanc. The region is divided into the Côte-d’Or, where the most expensive and prized Burgundies are found, and Beaujolais, Chablis, the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcon. And if the wine isn’t enough reason to visit then surely the food is, with famous Burgundian dishes including coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and époisses de Bourgogne cheese. Or you can visit some tourist sites such as the Rock of Solutré, the Tournus cathedral, Cluny, Brancion, the castles of Cormatin and Couches, the palace of the dukes of Burgundy in Dijon, the Pézanin Arboretum (in Dompierre-les-Ormes), and Vézelay Abbey.

Main image: Chardonnay vineyards in the south of the Côte de Beaune surrounding the town of Meursault by Gavin Sherry

Places to Stay (and some to Eat)

If you are a true gourmet and feel like treating yourself to a three Michelin star establishment look no further than Bernard Loiseaus in Saulieu.  The food is out of this world not too mention the wine list is as detailed as the Bible.  Here the people care for you with their three star smile, the kitchen feeds you like a three star food critic and the rooms let you sleep in three star luxury.  However the difference is – Bernard Loiseau’s Hotel and Restaurant is his extended home.  The Hotel Cote D’Or is engulfed in a ‘kick off your shoes and put your feet up, the show is about to begin’ atmosphere.  You won’t feel intimidated by the food or clientele; there are no pretensions here, you are at home in the hands of a remarkable chef and host, Bernard Loiseau himself.  If you feel as though you have over indulged, as you will because everything is irresistible, then you can pamper yourself in their Spa.

Hotel Cote d’Or
Bernard Loiseau
Rue d’Argentine
21210 Saulieu
T:  33 3 80 90 53 53
F:  33 3 80 64 24 22
www.bernard-loiseau.com
 

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy and the only place to stay here is Hotel Le Cep.  Each room is named after a local Grand Cru.  The hotel is very comfortable with charming staff and is right next door to a top restaurant menytioned below.

Hotel Le Cep
27 Rue Maufoux
21200 Beaune
T:  33 3 80 22 35 48
F: 33 3 80 22 76 80
Hotel-le-cep.resa@wanadoo.fr
 

In the heart of the Cote Challonaise you will find the most palette pleasing wines.  A beautiful, charming hotel can be found in the stunning village of Meursault, just 10 minutes south west of Beaune.

Hotel Les Magnolias
8 Rue Pierre Joigneaux
21190
T:  33 3 80 21 23 23
F:  33 3 80 21 29 10
www.les-magnolias.com
 

If you fancy some mustard and wish to explore the seat of the Dukes of Burgundy then visit Dijon. Here we recommend to stay in the Sofitel La Cloche.  Although part of a chain it is centrally located, clean, comfortable and has everything you would need, including a great breakfast.

Sofitel La Cloche
Dijon
T:  33 3 80 30 12 32
F: 33 3 80 30 04 15
www.sofitel.com
 

In the heart of Burgundy lies the magical Medieval village where ‘Chocolate’ was filmed.  There are a couple of places to stay in town:

Hotel / Bar Le Relais de Flavigny
21150
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain
France
T:  33 3 80 96 27 77
 

English born Judith Lemoine runs a little Chambres D’Hotes with two quaint rooms right by the church.

Couvent des Casta Fours,
21150 Flavigny Ozerain
 France
T:  33 3 80 96 20 88
 

RENTED ACCOMMODATION

If you are looking for something different and wish to rent a newly converted farmhouse then contact Patrick Javouhey in Beaune.  Patrick also runs and antique shop and specialises in the Beaux Arts.

T:  33 3 80 22 76 77
F: 33 3 80 22 20 05
 

 

 
 
 

Places to Eat

Marie Francoise Courtier is a farmers wife.  She and her 14 friends are famous in Burgundy for producing classic home cooked dishes from home grown produce.  This is one not to be missed.  Also in Flavigny.

Le Grange,
21150, Flavigny sur Ozerain
France
T/F:  33 3 80 96 20 62
T/F: 33 3 80 35 81 78

 

Also in Flavigny is a sweet little local bar worth visiting:

Café le Trop Chaud
21150
Flavigny sur Ozerain
 

For some true French entertainment in Beaune visit Restaurant Bernard Morillon.  Bernards wife Madame Martine Morillon will sing you through the menu of the day and tempt you with hundreds of local delights.  Jerome their highly talented Sommelier has a nose for the best wine to eat with each course.

Restaurant Bernard Morillon
31 rue Maufoux
21200 Beaune
T:  33 3 80 24 12 06
F:  33 3 80 22 66 22
 

If you a passionate about steak then the best place to eat Entrecote is the Hotel Restaurant La Poste in Charolles, the heart of cattle country.

Hotel Restaurant de la Poste
Place de L’Eglise
2 Avenue de la Liberation
71120 Charolles
T:  33 3 85 24 11 32
F:  33 3 85 24 05 74
 

If you fancy a steak for breakfast after the enlightening cattle market in St Christophe en Brionnais then eat with all the farmers a dealers:

Restaurant le Mure d’Argent, 
71800, St Christophe en Brionnais
France
T:  33 3 85 25 81 31
F:  33 3 85 25 97 74

Cookery School

COOKERY SCHOOL

Anne Willan runs an excellent cookery school in the heart of Burgundy.

Chateau Le Fey
89300, Villecien
Near Auxerre
Burgundy

For more about Anne Willan and current details for the la Varenne programmes she directs at Chateau du Fey in Burgundy and at The Greenbrier in West Virginia, please visit…

www.lavarenne.com

Shopping

Although you may not find chocolate there you will happen upon Frances oldest commercial product – a sweet made of Aniseed – the Anis of Flavigny.  Thousands of tiny anis sweets are made every day in the old Abbey:

Abbaye de Flavigny 21150
Flavigny sur Ozerain
T: 33 3 80 96 20 88
F: 33 3 80 96 21 43

 

While in Dijon visit the local cheese specialist:

Le Chalet Comtois
28 Rue Musette
21000 Dijon
T:  33 3 80 30 48 61

 

Chez Paul is a chain of bakers found all over France.  They do excellent pastries and a fine selection of sandwiches, freshly made on site.  Chez Paul can be found in Dijon on Rue Musette, opposite the cheese specialist.

 

For a one stop shop visit:

Mulot et Petitjean which specialises in Spice Bread.  They are all over Dijon and Beaune.

 Maison du Saumon
– 17 Rue Musette 21000
Dijon
 

If you are mad about mustard and want to visit a mustard factory then Bruno Louvrier would be happy to help:

Temeraire Mustard
7 rue Jean Moulin, BP 49,
21160 Couchey (near Dijon)
T: 33 3 80 51 52 25
F: 33 3 80 51 52 04

Things to Do

HISTORICAL SITES OF INTEREST

The Hospice de Beaune in Beaune is sensational.  Originally a hospital for the poor hence it’s name, they were given some vineyards and now make some of the best local wine.  Today the hospice is an interesting museum.

WINE

During the wine harvest it is possible to stay with a local winegrower and help the family and friends pick the grapes.  Our crew teamed up with Benjamin Borgnat who is very young enthusiastic wine maker.  Benjamin takes on a handful of young ‘winos’ each year to help with the harvest.  However if you don’t want to pick you can taste and buy, he has a delicious selection.

1 Rue de l’Eglise 89290 Escolvies
Burgundy
T:  33 3 86 53 79 51

 

Located further south in Mercury, still in Burgundy is another excellent wine grower

Maison Antonin Rodet in Mercurey 71640
T:  33 3 85 98 12 12
F:  33 3 85 45 25 49
rodet@rodet.com
www.rodet.com

 

BEEF

If you can’t get enough of beef after the cattle market and fine entrecote steaks and want to learn more about the Charolais cattle then contact the Institut Charolais in Charolles

 
T: 33 3 85 88 04 00
F: 33 3 85 88 04 09
Institut.charolais@wanadoo.fr

 

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES

The best local company and the most reasonable are Air Escargot.  Christine & Pierre Bonnet offer flights over the vineyards and chateaus of the Cote D’Or region.

T:  33 3 85 87 12 30

Tourist Office Contacts

 TOURISM OFFICES

Beaune:

T:  33 3 80 26 21 35

Dijon:

T:  33 3 80 44 11 41
F  33 3 80 30 90 02 
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