If you spent a day or two in the Côte de Beaune, you would probably start in Meursault and the Montrachets—Chassagne and Puligny—and then turn north to hit Volnay and Pommard. But if you headed back to Beaune for dinner without making it to Santenay, just south of Chassagne-Montrachet, near the Côte de Beaune’s southern tip, your tour of the Côte would be incomplete. This small, quintessentially Burgundian village may not be home to the same number of titans who work in each of the exalted appellations above, but at least one couple there is doing a staggeringly good job of showing that Santenay can go toe to toe with many of the more prestigious sites to the north...
A few vineyards in Burgundy are named Charmes. The Charmes-Chambertin grand cru and Meursault-Charmes premier cru are probably the best-known, and there’s a Charmes vineyard in Chambolle-Musigny and another in Puligny-Montrachet. Charmes translates to...
A good doctor prescribed the wine of Nuits-Saint-Georges to the Sun King, Louis XIV, when he suffered an unknown maladie. When the king’s health was restored the tasty remedy enjoyed a vogue at court. Lord, send me a doctor like that!
Inspiring Thirst, page 117
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