During the long holiday weekend to commemorate the end of WWI, we travelled to wine country for a cultural and tasting experience. Which wine country are we talking about, might you ask? And that’s what I always find so enchanting about France. Wherever you go, north, south, east, west, you’re bound to arrive in a region that produces wine.
On this occasion, we chose to head to Burgundy, specifically to Beaune and the Route des Grands Crus that spans from Dijon to Santenay, by way of the world-renowned vineyards of Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Beaune and Pommard, to name a few.
A friend whose family is originally from the region suggested we stop in Volnay for a wine tasting and visit of the “Caves” (or cellar if you prefer) where the juice from the grapes that ferment and turn into wine is stored
And what an experience!
We were incredibly lucky and had our own private tour of the Domaine François Buffet. They are both “viticulteurs” and “vignerons” which means they own and exploit the land where the vines grow and produce their own wine, specifically Volnay, Volnay 1er Cru, Pommard, Pommard 1er Cru and Savigny-lès-Beaune to name a few.
The particularity of Burgundy is that the parcels of land on which the vines grow are very small and a vigneron’s parcels aren’t necessarily next to each other. But more specifically, two parcels located next to each other but only separated by a road can in the end produce very different tasting wines, this being due to the incredibly rich and diverse nature of the soil on which the vines stand.
During the tasting, this became abundantly clear. We tasted several Volnay 1er Crus and none were remotely similar. Whether it be due to the production year or location of the vines, the variety of scents and tastes was plentiful.
Madame Buffet, the wife of the owner of the Domaine was an encyclopedia of information on the region’s history and absolutely didn’t pressure us into buying a minimum quantity of bottles in exchange for the visit and tasting. She was delightful and the one hour tour and tasting flew by.
I highly recommend stopping by their Domaine and while you’re at it, if you want another unique experience, reserve a table for lunch at the Le Cellier Volnaysien that is literally a few steps away. (Review to come very soon).