So you are coming to Burgundy…

South Burgundy is the cradle of the Chardonnay grape, as the eponymous village, Chardonnay, testifies. The wines produced in south Burgundy are, however, both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and you will only be a short drive away from the Beaujolais vineyards, further south, with its Gamay-based wines.

The Cluny area is classified as the ‘Mâconnais’ wine area. Further north, between Chalon-sur-Saone and Saint-Gengoux-le-National, is the ‘Côte Chalonnaise’ wine area. The different road tours are described here. French only, sorry. But a map is a map…!

Now, by popular demand, favourite addresses.  In some cases be prepared to pay a (small) fee to taste. Smaller cellars will oblige for free, but walking out without buying wine won’t look good…

Brian, our British neighbour, who has been coming here for decades to (drink) and sell our wines all over the world (find his business, Burgundy Basement here,) has recommended good cellars for me.  Fancy asking an Englishman for wine advice! Not that Brits, as they say in southern France, are famous for ‘sucking on the rope pump’ (meaning, drinking lots of water from the well)… Besides, Brian knows what he is talking about. Let’s show him the respect he’s due, even though he is a foreigner, uh… Plus, we don’t want him to ‘leak’ the news of me after that dinner party in the village, where apparently he had to wheel me home in a wheelbarrow. There goes my reputation as a teetotaler…So here is Brian’s valuable advice on wine tasting, the right way, in the right places…

http://www.pouilly-fuisse.net/en/atrium

http://terres-secretes.com/contact/

Personally, I quite like to go to Caves Cooperatives. These, as the name suggest, are cooperative cellars. Small winegrowers bring their grapes and the co-op makes the wines. I like Les Vignerons de Buxy, also available in Saint-Gengoux-le-National… or the Cave de Genouilly, even closer to Passy.   Caves coopératives are, I feel, an easy introduction to local wines as their choice is wide and tasting easy with their bar area. Maybe you can even bring an old (empty) barrel home for a fee.

You can, of course, find quainter cellars on the wine road, on the Domains themselves.. They are everywhere, in the vineyard areas. Can’t miss them. See road tours on link above.

Am deliberately not including  cellars  in the Beaune or Nuits Saint Georges areas, as they are more north ,  in the Côte d’Or district. There, amateurs will find Burgundy’s most prestigious, and expensive, wines…  Beaune is only an hour away  and from there you can take the wine-road of the Côte d’Or, as explained by following this link