Last wednesday, we drove south of beaune and stopped by Meursault, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet, etc, then made our way back to my aunt's in Montbard through Nuits-St-George, Vosne-RomanÃ©e, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin... The countryside is lovely, the villages tiny for such world-renowned vineyards. We stopped at random in several "Domaines" and "Chateaux" and tasted reds and whites, brought back 7 bottles to the US (although we declared those, we were not made to pay duty-go figure). During our first week in Paris, we had stuck to Bordeaux region wines and MÃ©docs, this second week in Burgundy was a revelation of sorts. I am even reconsidering my position on whites after drinking a Meursault we purchased that day. We also visited my cousin who produces Bourgogne-Coulanges in the Auxerre region, and Chablis since we were close. The Coulanges wines are a little harsh for my taste, but their bouquet is full of fruit. My uncle is keeping a bottle of red for us, we'll see in 4 years how it turns out. As for the gastronomy: irreproachable (snails in garlic butter, sauteed frogs' legs, jambon persillÃ©, coq au vin, gougÃ¨res, etc). The various cheeses from that region start mild and unassuming, almost like plaster, but if you let them age, they will assail your fridge. I highly recommend the Ã‰poisses.
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6/12/05 at 8:19am