Brörmanns in Burgundy Day Two

Driving to Beaune

Burgundy countryside on our way to Beaune

Because we spent the first day at the house relaxing, for Saturday we planned a day trip to Beaune, known as the “Capital of Burgundy Wines”. Where better to take a walk through the vineyards, visit a chateau, and taste a few wines?

We began our day in Beaune with fuel for the rest of the day – aka coffee! After our caffeine boost, we headed to the Parc de la Bouzaize for a family picnic. We already packed the necessities – French cheese and fresh vegetables – and picked up fresh baked baguettes while walking through the city.

After lunch, we took a walk through the park which ultimately led us to the vineyards. What a breathtaking view. This was the first time I’d seen a vineyard. In Beaune, there are many routes you can walk through, and we took the one up a hill and were able to overlook not only the vineyards, but also the city of Beaune. The sun was shining, the sky was clear and blue, I had to keep pinching myself to know it was all real.

This was the perfect precursor to our tasting. We visited Bouchard Père et Fils, one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy (founded in 1731!). Taken from their site, here is a description of the Château de Beaune:

In 1820 Bernard Bouchard purchased the Château de Beaune, a former royal fortress built in the 15th century by King Louis XI.

Four of the five original towers of the fortress, as well as parts of the ramparts, still stand today, and have featured on the list of historic monuments since 1937.

The cellars run deep underground beneath the property providing ideal natural storage conditions for Bouchard Père & Fils’ fine wines. 

Up to 10 metres deep, the wines develop and age undisturbed. These include a unique collection of over 2,000 bottles from the 19th century. A priceless historical legacy with, as its icon, the oldest wine – a Meursault Charmes 1846 which still retains its luster.

After our tour of the Château, we were able to sample 6 wines – 3 red and 3 white. Koen and I couldn’t leave without buying a few bottles!

A trip to Burgundy wouldn’t be complete without a typical Burgundy meal – boeuf bourguignon, a meat stew made with red wine (from Burgundy, of course). For dinner we made reservations at 21 Boulevard, a restaurant specializing in the food of the region, located in a 15th century cellar. It was a great way to end our day in Beaune!

Le Salon de Café

Le Salon de Café

 

Ready for my cappuccino

Ready for my cappuccino

 

Delicious!

Delicious!

 

Koen and his espresso

Koen and his espresso

 

Group photo with our coffee and tea

Group photo with our coffee and tea

 

Walking through Beaune

Walking through Beaune

 

The ladies at the market

The ladies at the market

 

Walking through Beaune

Walking through Beaune

 

Smelling all of the different possible smells for wine!

Smelling all of the different possible smells for wine!

 

Jams, jellies, mustards, truffles,..

Jams, jellies, mustards, truffles ,..

 

Walking through Beaune

Walking through Beaune

 

La basilique Notre Dame de Beaune

La basilique Notre Dame de Beaune

 

Walking through Beaune

Walking through Beaune

 

Almost to the park

Almost to the park

 

Parc de la Bouzaize

Parc de la Bouzaize

 

Found the perfect spot!

Found the perfect spot!

 

The spread

The spread

 

Parc de la Bouzaize

Parc de la Bouzaize

 

The park

Parc de la Bouzaize

 

Parc de la Bouzaize

Parc de la Bouzaize

 

Arrived at the vineyeards

Arrived at the vineyeards

 

Group photo

Group photo

 

Vineyards

Vineyards

 

Closeup of the vines

Closeup of the vines

 

1er Cru

1er Cru

 

Walking uphill

Walking uphill

 

Vineyards

Vineyards

 

Amongst the vines

Amongst the vines

 

Vineyards

Vineyards

 

Taking a break

Taking a break

 

Enjoying the different views

Enjoying the different views

 

Enjoying the view

Enjoying the view

 

Heading back to town

Heading back to town

 

Bouchard Père et Fils

Bouchard Père et Fils

 

Bouchard Père et Fils

Bouchard Père et Fils

 

Underground exploring

Underground exploring

 

So many bottles

So many bottles

 

Wall of bottles!

Wall of bottles!

 

Exploring

Exploring

 

Damp and chilly, perfect for conserving wine!

Damp and chilly, perfect for conserving wine!

 

We made it to the other side of the Chateau!

We made it to the other side of the Chateau

 

View of the fortress

View of the tower

 

The Bouchard's house

The Bouchard’s house

 

Time for the tasting!

Time for the tasting!

 

Bouchard wines

Bouchard wines

 

21 Boulevard

21 Boulevard

 

Located in a 15th century cellar

Located in a 15th century cellar

 

Salmon mousse

Salmon mousse

 

Foie gras with brioche

Foie gras with brioche

 

Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf Bourguignon

 

Delicious regional cheeses!

Delicious regional cheeses!

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