Located a short drive from Dijon and surrounded by unassailable 15th-century ramparts, Beaune was the seat of the warlike Dukes of Burgundy until the 16th-century. Today, it offers a wealth of culture, history and magnificent architecture. But perhaps even more importantly, it is considered the capital of Burgundy wine country. The primary wine auction in France is held annually at the Hôtel Dieu near the historic Hospice de Beaune. Over the centuries, the monks in charge of the hospice were given vineyards to support their charitable work.
Hotel Dieu, HOSPICE de BEaune
Caves de Cordeliers
The Rampart des Dames du Lieu-Dieu
Head for Rue Nicolas Rolin and you can taste wines at the Marche aux vins. More treats await just down the road within the Palais des Gourments.
If you’ve been all fired up by your wine tasting experience at the Caves des Cordeliers, you can purchase an abundance of wine paraphernalia at the Athaneum de la vigne et du vin at 5, Rue de Hôtel Dieu.
MUSTARD MILL FALOTT
31, Faubourg Bretonniere. This is the last family owned company producing mustard condiments and vinegar in Beaune. It is also one of the last companies to use French mustard seeds. Astonishingly enough, virtually all of the mustard made in France uses seeds imported from Canada.
CREME DE CASSIS
This local delicacy, a blood-red, sweet currant flavoured liqueur made from local blackcurrants, is available in many of the wine shops. This delightful liqueur is used in Kir Royale a popular French drink.
3 oz Champagne
1/3 oz Kir
Fresh blackberries (optional)
Add the Crème de cassis to the bottom of the glass, top with the champagne and float a few blackberries on top.
Serves 1. To make multiple drinks just use the proportion of 9 parts champagne to one part Crème de cassis.