friday brought us to…


Chablis, Irancy and Vézelay:

Our first ever trip to Vézelay – and what a beautiful destination. The old town and its ecclesiastic centre dominating from the hill-top – vines below. We will be revisiting to see how it changes in the different seasons…

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 2 responses to “friday brought us to…”

  1. Ilkka7th July 2018 at 3:10 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi! As one living in Switzerland I was wondering if you would be able answer my question. I will be driving from Chamonix to Alsace with a healthy amount of wine for personal use. Do you think this might cause problems when crossing the border to Switzerland? Thank you in advance.


    • billn7th July 2018 at 4:35 pmPermalinkReply

      It could most certainly be a problem for you if you have more than the 3 bottles you are allowed, without first-hand declaring them….

      • Ilkka7th July 2018 at 5:19 pmPermalinkReply

        Ouch, I guess we are better off then taking the longer route and staying in France. Thank you very much for responding!

        • billn7th July 2018 at 6:15 pmPermalink

          Yep – if you have plenty of wine, avoid the borders – it’s the same if you live in Switzerland but want to go into France – it seems to make their (the custom’s) day if they can stop someone who comes from a different country….

  2. Jerome F Hasenpflug7th July 2018 at 3:36 pmPermalinkReply

    I am surprised that Vézelay has not been on your radar before. Let me also recommend the Abbey of Fontenay and other église Romain throughout Burgundy. As you know, the monastic orders were a profound and formative influence on the development of Burgundy and it’s wines. The names of almost all the Grands Crus and many of Burgundy’s climats reference the monastic development of Burgundy since at last the 9th century. This history is what makes Burgundy unique among the vignobles of France and the world.

    • billn7th July 2018 at 4:35 pmPermalinkReply

      Oh Vézelay has long been on my radar Jerome, but generally I’ve chosen to visit wine producers rather than ‘sites’ – but this weekend in Beaune with friends brought an opportunity not to miss…
      I’m as much of a student as the next man or woman when it comes to the influence of the Bernadines, the Ursulines, the Cordeliers, the Jacobins, the Carmelites, the knights of the Malte and of-course the nuns of Tart…
      I did learn from you, though, about the ancient fortress of Vergy – I asked Aubert about that model, but he didn’t know where it was 🙁

      • Jerome F Hasenpflug7th July 2018 at 5:27 pmPermalinkReply

        The history is what amazed me and drew me to Burgundy when I first started visiting France in 1988. My mentor Maurice Lartgau, Sr. (of Seagram Chateau & Estate) and his good friends Jacques d’Angerville and Guy Legrand (of SC&E Bordeaux Office) often used to just cruise the Burgundy region for interesting sites and villages. Sadly, all three are now gone, but after traveling with them several times, it became a habit for me as well. I know you love the wines and producers, and the context that history gives us makes Burgundy all the more precious, and truly a site of World Heritage.

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