IMG_1310Do you want to merely taste several brands of wines or do you really want to know the history of the area where it is made and what goes into the nectar of the Gods in the region you are are visiting? If the latter is your goal, head straight to The Wine boutique Pierre Laforest “La Grande Cave” in Vougeot (a short drive from Dijon) in Burgundy. The locals call the wine merchants the “Maison de négoce”. It is located in the Grand Crus area, close to the famous Clos de Vougeot plot and castle. The building with its wine caves is the only remaining structure of a former 18th century castle which was dismantled in 1938 and sold stone by stone to many local businesses including the renowned restaurant “La Gentillhommière” in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

IMG_1305Second part in a series about Winter Burgundy wine tasting outside Dijon. Winter time can be the best kept secret to wine tasting. No fighting crowds or lines at popular vineyards is appealing. So is the fact that the centuries old narrow streets are free from traffic and wineries are not in a rush to shove you out the door for the next tour group.