Hillsides of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune, just south of Beaune, have been recognized by UNESCO as “an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.”
The history of wine is a compelling topic, and Bourgogne most certainly drips with it. When touring the cellars at Masion Joseph Drouhin in Beaune earlier this year (for an upcoming article) I was shown a cellar wall began as Roman. As it went upwards, literally and chronologically, the craftsmanship shifted to Medieval then eventually merged with somewhat modern stone work. The cellar, full and expansive today, had always held wine made in Bourgogne. The product of the vineyards of Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune had filled this space over the centuries.
It’s nothing but stories in there. Stories and of course…wine.
Some images to give you trip in time: