When you are travelling and meeting new people, they usually ask you where you’re from. I had always thought that Burgundy was well-known, but I discovered that while most people know about Bordeaux, not many know about the Burgundy region and its wines. So, as I start writing on this blog, I would like to start with some basics.
Where is the Burgundy wine region located?
Burgundy lies in east-central France, 3 hours by car from Paris, 1 hour from Lyon and 2 hours from the Geneva airport. It’s ideally located for travellers who can come to Beaune by a direct TGV (high-speed train) and enjoy either a day trip or a long weekend to discover all the beauties that we have (wine tastings, Hospices de Beaune, Abbaye de Citeaux…).
Burgundy’s ideal location also benefits from a continental climate, which provides strong characteristics to grapes (e.g. the vintage 2021 was a special one due to frost in the springtime and a rather rainy summer).
The Burgundy region stretches from Chablis to Mâcon. Being born in Beaune, One B Wine focuses mainly on Chablis, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits and Côte Chalonnaise. The reason for this is simply because I used to visit wine producers from those areas, and therefore, I feel more comfortable selling those appellations rather than Mâcon’s wines.
I would say that the main characteristic of Burgundy is its people! They keep a rather low profile but are very welcoming! Indeed, if you compare with Bordeaux, Burgundy winemakers do not show off their estates and new cuverie; they would rather hide these and open their cellars instead. Winemakers are always welcoming people to taste their wines and promote them. People in Burgundy are generous and always looking to share their knowledge.
If you ask your friends who have been to Burgundy, they will always tell you that they had beautiful experiences and memories, with delicious wines and food.
So, if you’ve never been to the Burgundy wine region, I invite you to come and discover this charming territory with its heartwarming atmosphere! You will always be welcome!
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