A journey in wine history into the future!
For the first time, we chose to holiday in the Pinot Noir stronghold Burgundy. We have in previous years, stopped on the way down to the Mediterranean, but decided to focus on this fantastic wine area. Must admit that it felt a bit strange not knowing where to begin when there are so many places and growers to choose from.
Map from www.burgundy-wines.fr
We chose to start from Dijon and stayed at the simple and cheap Formula 1 hotel south of town. The hotel is located in an area with lots of shops, a few minutes drive from the first vineyards. Excellent if you want to spend the money on buying wine instead but perhaps not that high charm factor. There are also many small hotels in the villages.
Our first day we devoted to explore the beautiful village of Morey-Saint-Denis, which is a little higher up in the valley with a stunning view over parts of Burgundy. In the village, opposite the church (3 Place de L'Eglise), is an excellent wine shop that sells many wines from the local producers. It is runned by the charming Catherine who has great passion for wine from this area (you can converse in English). A visit here is highly recommended, because you get an excellent opportunity to test your way through a lot of really good wines. We chose to buy wines from the quality producers Domaine Pierre Amiot and Lignier-Michelot. I will come back later on with wine tips from these producers.
Which vintages should you buy? First and foremost, it depends on when you plan to drink the wine. Vintage of 2007 is magically good already now which is unusual in Burgundy. 2008 can be really good but is however much more closed and have many years of storage in order to reach full potential.
To get an extra serotonin kick I can recommend that you bring a picnic basket and make a stop on the road between Morey-Saint-Denis and the neighbouring village of Chambolle-Musigny. If you stop here, you understand what the concept of terroir really means, where the location, soil and micro-climate are important for the wine's character. Have never experienced so much wonderful scents in a vineyards as from this location. An olfactory memory for life! May as well confess it, I'm in love with Morey-Saint-Denis ...