Paris always tangles us in her magnetic appeal, but now and then it’s time to run for the country for a quiet weekend break. Come with us today (or plan for your next visit); as we wander to the heart of Burgundy, where the wine is rare and the people warm! For your convenience, you can make the trip in less than two hours by train.
Allow me to recommend an extraordinary indulgence – a memorable stay at the 5-star Hostellerie de Levernois in the heart of the Côte de Beaune. A longstanding member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, this gorgeous bourgeois house is situated on the edge of a golf course in an 11-acre park setting.
The quiet, intimate estate includes several room and suite selections as well as exceptional dining – an ideal base for exploring the intriguing wine country of Burgundy. Imagine lunch at the charming Bistrot du Bord de l’Eau on the river, before exploring area vineyards and tasting rooms. Let’s take advantage of the bicycles available to guests to explore the area; and at the end of the day, we’ll enjoy a glass of wine on our private terrace.
A few geographic and historic details explain the relatively small size of Burgundy’s internationally-acclaimed wine appellations. Twenty-five million years ago – yes, a little difficult to fathom – this land shifted, re-arranging layers of limestone and soil. That’s why grapes along the 40-mile stretch in Burgundy yield several different wines. The many individual soils in the area produce unique flavors for the treasured wines produced.
Prior to the French Revolution, the viniculture of Burgundy had been concentrated among large monastic estates. First, the revolution divided them, and they were further reduced in size under the Napoleonic law that required equal distribution of property to heirs.
Don’t hesitate to ask your host for recommended sites to explore along the Côte de Beaune, where some of the finest dry white wines in the world are produced- such as Corton Charlemagne and le Montrachet. You will discover lovely villages, historic castles and fantastic Burgundian cuisine to complement the area wines.
The Pommard, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet castles are handsome examples of the “Clos” wall-enclosed estates. Visit the Château de Chorey-les-Beaune for a mix of 13th to 17th century architectural styles, where you discover the Germain family’s distinguished wines served in fine restaurants throughout the world.
If you enjoy wandering and wine tasting, this option offers a perfect getaway in the beautiful countryside of Burgundy!
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