Burgundy, our favourite wine region in the world; it has everything, history, architecture, food, nice people …. and ample opportunities for wine tasting.
We usually stay in Pommard or Meursault but they are villages so close to each other it hardly matters, unless you want to focus your wine tasting on white (Chardonnay) or red (Pinot Noir). Last year it was Meursault and there are two great places we favour for visits for quite different reasons.
First, Chateau De Meursault, not as prestigious as it used to be but a new owner working hard to transform the place. Wonderful cellars to visit, a classy tasting you pay for, and relatively expensive wines for sale.
Second, Francois Gaunoux, house and winemaking in Meursault but tasting room and brasserie in Volnay. Great lunches here, excellent free tasting of their range of Meursaults, with some reds of Pommard too. Go during the week and be served by Fred!
Our first ever tasting in Meursault was in 1987, over the weekend of their festival at the premises of Domaine Ropiteau, no longer owned by Ropiteau, but still in a good position in the centre of the village. Haven’t tasted their wines since 1987 and it WAS the first winemaker and cellars we ever visited too.
In reality, visiting a French wine village in Burgundy gives multiple opportunities for wine tasting and all things related to wine travel. Meet the winemakers, feel their passion, experience the culture, try the local foods often cooked in wine, and maybe buy a bottle or two to take home. Meursault fits the bill on all of these things.