Woke up first thing and ran the outer walls of Beaune. It was much needed after gorging on a Gault Millau endorsed restaurant the night before and it was a great way to see the city. Then we all grabbed petit dejeuner, walked the daily market and toured the Hospices du Beaune, which had the most amazing roof we’ve ever seen. I like the roof picture below and it doesn’t do it justice. Burgundian tiled roofs are so unique and we couldn’t get enough whether in Dijon, Beaune or elsewhere in the region.
Late morning with everyone in tow, we hopped in the car and drove a few towns on the Côte du Beaune loop. First stop was Pommard: home to some great red premier crus. We went to Patrick Clemencet, had several tastings, bought some bottles and then decided to stop for lunch there. We went to a place where all the local vineyard workers were eating so we knew it was good!
Next we went to Château la Rochepot to check it out. Pretty impressive seeing a restored 12th century fortress overlooking the village when you climb to the top, but I probably would have preferred going down to Chassagne if I knew what I know now about their whites.
Finally we went to Meursault where the weather cut short our walk around and went to a local bar to taste more local wines and had a great chat with the bartenders. Meursault has premier cru white wines and they were solid.
Great day taking it easy, walking around vineyards and tasting great wine with friends. Can’t ask for a better day than that!