Hospices de Beaune & Domaine Dugat-Py: Gevrey-Chambertain October 1, 2015
A shot of the famous facade at Hospices de Beaune
After seeing the sights of Alsace, I headed south to the most serious leg of this trip, Burgundy. Why serious? It felt serious. Wines give me a sense of who and what they are about in so many ways. In Champagne, I learned that while the wines are associated with festivities and light-heartedness, they are coming from a place that is incredibly cold and producing these wines takes everything the people have. In Alsace, the energy is jovial and the wines are superb and serious but there is a remaining element of fun in the winery. Burgundy, on the other hand, is serious. The importance of these wines on the world stage can't be denied. The greatest white AND red wines in the world come from France - many of them from Burgundy.
I arrived in the city of Dijon after the three hour drive from Ammerschwhir. I had rented the basement apartment of a local family's home via Airbnb (click here to check it out). Once I parked and settled into the space I followed the homeowner's recommendation and headed out to eat. The restaurant was tucked into an alley way and I had to look hard to find it. Once inside there were all of six seats in the place, so I cozied up to the bar. An incredible meal of coq au vin and red Burgundy got me settled into my new surroundings. The next day I wasted little time exploring Dijon and got back into the car and headed south again to the city of Beaune. I wanted to see one place: the Hospices de Beaune.