The Beating Heart of Burgundy


Beaune is the capital and beating heart of Burgundy with many of the surrounding vineyards having their wineries and retail outlets located in the city. It truly is a wine lovers heaven. With cobbled streets and fairytale wine stores located on every corner, the city is a place which every wine lover should visit once in their lifetime. The city boasts buzzing vibrant cafe's, amazing restaurants and museums which all contribute to the luring seduction of the place.

 

Beaune is also famous for their annual wine auction Hospices de Beaune- France's premier wine event held on the third sunday in November. It is a festival showcasing the wines of Burgundy as well as the region's Gastronomy.

 

Below are some photos taken from a trip in late 2013, a week after harvest.


Gare de Beaune
Gare de Beaune
Gare de Beaune entrance
Gare de Beaune entrance
Boutique cafe Beaune
Boutique cafe Beaune
Classic Beaune cafe
Classic Beaune cafe

Located around Beaune is an array of villages whose names one usually finds written on the most expensive wines in the world. Names like Pommard, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet.

 

The vineyards which surround Beaune to the north are predominantly Pinot Noir vines. As you go south past Beaune, you come to Pommard, which is a small village that specialise in the production of Pinot Noir. The wines are usually tannic, full-bodied and fleshy. A number of the regions best Premier cru vineyards are located here, including Les Rugiens.

Beaune from the surrounding vineyards
Beaune from the surrounding vineyards
Entrance to a Beaune vineyard
Entrance to a Beaune vineyard
Pinot Noir grapes Beaune
Pinot Noir grapes Beaune
Beaune Cadeaux
Beaune Cadeaux
Streets of Beaune
Streets of Beaune
Cellar store in Beaune
Cellar store in Beaune
Cellar store in Beaune
Cellar store in Beaune

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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Pauline (Sunday, 09 February 2014 22:34)

    Awsome photos Doug, you have captured the feelings and personality of the area..

  • #2

    Kavitha (Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:54)

    This post is a win-win for both the mind to ponder and the eyes to soak all the beauty of the Beaune. I have spent so much time memorizing all the famous wines and the villages in Beaune for my wine exams. But it is so surreal to actually see all the picturesque vines and views of this historical wine region through the eyes of a wine lover! Thanks for the wonderful post. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.

  • #3

    Douglas Renall (Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:10)

    Thanks for the kind words Pauline!

  • #4

    Douglas Renall (Wednesday, 12 February 2014 09:12)

    Hi Kavitha, It is great to hear from another wine enthusiast who loves this area of the world. I am happy to hear that your enjoyed the post. It gives me energy to share more. Thanks!