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pam elson brings you Burgundy Today's roundup of news and events
Autun (71) Le Chapitre
Auxerre (89) Le Bourgogne
Avallon(89) Le Gourmillon
Avallon/Valloux(89) Auberge des Chenêts
Beaune/Ladoix-Serrigny(21) Les Terrasses de Corton
Chagny(71) Pierre et Jean
Chalon-sur-Saône(71) Auberge des Alouettes
Chalon-sur-Saône/Saint-Loup-de-Varennes (71) Le Saint-Loup
Chambolle-Musigny(21) Le Millésime
Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire/Villechaud(58) Le Chat
LeCreusot(71) Le Restaurant
LeCreusot/Montcenis(71) Le Montcenis
Dijon(21)DZ'envies (New in 2014) - above left
Dijon(21)So (New in 2014) - above centre
Dijon/Velars-sur-Ouche(21) L'Auberge Gourmande
L'Isle-sur-Serein(89) Auberge du Pot d'Étain
Mâcon(71) Le Poisson d'Or
Marigny(71) L'Atelier du Goût
Meursault(21) Le Chevreuil (New in 2014)
Montbard/Saint-Rémy(21) La Mirabelle
Montceau-les-Mines/Blanzy(71) Le Plessis
Nuits-Saint-Georges(21) La Cabotte
Nuits-Saint-Georges(21) Le Chef Coq (New in 2014) - above right
Quarré-les-Tombes(89) Le Morvan
Saint-Germain-du-Bois (71) Hostellerie Bressane
Saint-Martin-en-Bresse(71) Au Puits Enchanté
Saint-Maurice-de-Satonnay(71) Auberge des Grenouillats (New in 2014)
Saint-Romain (21) Les Roches
Tournus/Mancey(71) Auberge du Col des Chèvres
Tournus/Ozenay(71) Le Relais d'Ozenay
Venarey-les-Laumes/Alise-Sainte-Reine(21) Auberge du Cheval Blanc
UB40 comes to town
Topping the bill at the Oeno Music Festival in Dijon on July 11-12 is the group UB40. They have been performing worldwide since 1978, appealing to age groups across the spectrum. Back then, the members of the band were out of work and claiming unemployment benefit and the name came from the paper form issued by the UK government Department of Health and Social Security, Unemployment Benefit Form 40. As they say, that is history...
Join them for this two day event at the Zenith in Dijon. Other performers include La Rue Ketanou, Renan Luce, Nneka, Les Ogres de Barback, Biga Ranx. Tickets 49 euros for the two day event from fnac.
Travelling under surveillance
The transportation and storage of wine goes tech. A wine case has been developed containing a sensor which records the temperature and humidity every four hours. Using a smartphone app, the client can, at any moment, view a history of the wine’s transportation and storage conditions from the moment it left the estate.
Designed by Laurent Ponsot, winemaker in Morey-Saint-Denis, the process was developed by Franco-American enterprise E-Provenance. The system calculates the impact of the temperature conditions on the wine and provides a score, which takes into account any potential degradation.
Moreover, the producer or distributor can identify the client (with his or her agreement) and check the location of the batch. The sensors have a guaranteed lifespan of 15 years.
Drive away the winter
On March 15, sparkling wine will be in abundance. Celebrate the Crémant de Bourgogne festival in Châtillon-sur-Seine, known as the 'tape-chaudrons', so named in ancient times when the locals banged the cauldrons to drive away winter and herald spring. There's a carnival atmosphere with tastings, twenty or so decorated floats, live music and attractions,10.00 to 19.00.
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Art of the Vigneron
Brendan Moore has been taking wine tours around Burgundy for 12 years with his company Wine Liaisons. Inspired by the work of painter Raoul Dufy, he has branched into art in various mediums from linoprints to oils. 'The seasons in the vineyard and the toil of the vigneron are subjects I've observed for many years while conducting wine tours,' he says. You can see a selection of his work on his website.
Past its sell-by date
In this digital age, film for still life photography is almost a thing of the past. In a new exhibition at the Musée Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône, photographer Ziad Antar has taken pot luck using film well past its expiry date and as he says 'surrendered to chance.' There is no control over the process - there may be 'informal drips, stains' etc. The results are powerful and graphic. Entitled 'Expired -the luck of the film' the exhibition will run until May 18.
entrepot de la gare
Off the beaten track near the Canal du Nivernais not far from Decize, Dutch couple Corine Mooijer and Rob van Setten have their restaurant and chambres d'hôte, Entrepôt de la Gare. Taking the old station building at Montaron, surrounded by idyllic countryside, they have created a quirky but very charming venue, now in its fifth year. Corine is the cook, Rob is a tennis coach and offers one off classes or a full course.
The restaurant offers a table d'hôte menu and dietary requirements can be provided with a little prior notice. Dine under the vine, or in front of the log fire on chillier days. There are two bedrooms with private bathrooms too. Keep the Entrepôt de la Gare in mind if you are cruising, cycling or walking on the canal. More...
Rameau 250 years on
The era of Baroque music from the mid 17thC to mid 18thC produced some of the world’s finest composers: Bach and Handel in Germany, Purcell in England, Albinoni, Scarlatti and Vivaldi in Italy. This is uplifting music: extravagant, ornate and intense. In France, it wasn’t until Rameau, a Burgundian, started in earnest to compose opera, that the country began to find its place on world stage once more. Rameau and Couperin were the two most important composers of the Baroque.
Marking the 250th anniversary of Rameau's death, a programme of his music will be performed in August at Château d'Ancy le Franc as part of the Musicancy series which runs from April to October. The full programme is now up on burgundytoday.
No licence required
The canals of Burgundy are one of the top tourist attractions in the region for holidays afloat, walking along the tow paths or taking to the cycling routes. Locaboats, based in Joigny, hire out boats sleeping between 2 and 12 people and have been operating for 36 years. So they know how it all works and what the pitfalls are for the inexperienced boat hand. On their website they give comprehensive information about all aspects of planning your holiday. This year Locaboat has integrated with state of the art Linssen yachts, designed to optimize space with top quality fittings. Manoeuvring the boats they say is easier than driving a car and no licence is required. More...
Now is the time to book your holiday cottage to avoid disappointment this summer - the reservation season is well underway. Here is a taster of some of the charming properties available in Burgundy, direct from the owner. See Burgundy Holiday Homes for Rental
|Semur-en-Auxois sleeps 4, ref 427365||In the rolling countryside of Southern Burgundy, Cluny area, sleeps 4 with pool, ref 415200||Puligny Montrachet, sleeps 6, ref 803598||Asquins near Vézelay, sleeps 8-10, ref 877696a|
Maisons des Illustres
The Musée Nicéphore Niepce in Chalon-sur-Saône celebrates the history of photography and stages some excellent photographic exhibitions. Niepce was the founder of photography and his home in St. Loup de Varennes, south of Chalon, where the world's first photograph was taken has been named one of the 'Maisons des Illustres' by the French Ministry of Culture. The house, now a national museum funded by the Speos International Photography School is open to the public in July and August each year.
Other Maisons des Illustres in Burgundy include Musée Buffon, home of Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon at Montbard; Château de Bussy-Rabutin, home of Roger de Bussy-Rabutin; Château de Bazoches, home of Sébastian Le Prestre de Vauban; Romain Rolland's birthplace in Clamecy; Château de Germolles; Homes of Jules Roy and Christian and Yvonne Zervos in Vézelay, and Alphonse de Lamertine near Mâcon.
The full programme for the Magny-Cours racing circuit is now available.
Classic car enthusiasts should note the Classic Days meet on May 3-4. This annual event is going from strength to strength so if you like the idea of testing out the famous circuit, and have a car in good condition which falls into one of the following categories, why not go for a spin?
- all vehicles before 1980
- Formula 1 any period
- vehicles from 1980 - email requested to ascertain suitability
Registration is open until March 28. The event this year celebrates 50 years of the Mustang. More...
Coming down to earth after Benoît Charvet's masterclass, make up a group of foodie friends for a celebration weekend of food and wine. Lynne Hammond who runs 'Cooking with Confidence' is offering private cooking classes with wine pairing for a group of up to six people at Château de Tailly, near Meursault to guests at the house. She will supply everything required for the half day cooking class followed by a relaxing four course lunch or dinner. She is happy to travel to other venues where a group of friends is staying (subject to facilities and permission).
Make 2014 the year to come and enjoy the Burgundy region, from the wine to the landscapes, the history and culture, the festivals, sporting attractions and the food.
So what is in store for 2014? The Musée des Beaux Arts in Dijon has recently reopened after extensive refurbishment and it is now offering a full programme of exhibitions and events; the Musée de la Faïence in Nevers is a new addition on the cultural route. At Château d'Ancy le Franc, the Chambre Diane will open for the first time in the spring after years of restoration by artisans, and the Abbaye de Pontigny will put on a series of events to mark its 900th anniversary in June. As the 2014 dates are confirmed for the major events across the region, we will keep you up to date on the Grapevine.
One Step Nearer
Burgundy has been described as 'a landscape of slow civilization'. Time is of the essence - time to tend the vineyards, to graze the Charolais cattle, to meander along the canals.
It is the heritage of the vineyards and everything related to it that hit the news at the end of 2013. Burgundy has been putting together a case to present to UNESCO to make the Climats du Vignobles de Bourgogne a World Heritage Site. Now it has been officially announced that France will give its backing and put the proposal to the UNESCO committee in 2014 for a decision in 2015.
On a new website from the BIVB devoted to the Climats the term, unique to Burgundy is described as follows: ' It is the Burgundian expression of the notion of Terroir. The Climats are precisely delimited plots that enjoy particular geological and climatic conditions which, when combined with traditional working practices and translated by the two grape varieties - Pinot Noir for red wines and Chardonnay for whites – have given rise to an extraordinary patchwork of world renowned wines, ranked according to a hierarchy. There are several thousand Climats in Bourgogne'.
A coffee table book has just been published to illustrate the extreme beauty of the Climats. Three of our favourite photographers, Michel Joly, Armelle Photographe and Jean
Louis Bernuy have supplied the pictures to show the heritage
and culture of the vineyards, the villages, Beaune and Dijon.
Available in French with an English version to follow.
49 euros from Glénat Livres
Pam Elson ©burgundytoday.com
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