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You could be applied and book a lot of tastings but, frankly, stopping at wineries at each stop would be a bit repetitive and rob you of time to enjoy other pleasures in this beautiful land of wine.
Here’s how to make the most of the region for a long weekend.
Rent a car at any airport in Paris to avoid the downtown traffic jam. Drive around two hours to the city of Auxerre and have lunch at Le Rendez-Vous (37 rue du Pont), an unpretentious place where chef Ludo Lefebvre's first chef prepares local dishes such as Pinot-hued oeufs en meurette ( eggs in wine sauce) and the jambón à la chablisienne. Toast the beginning of your trip with a bottle of your impeccable wine list.
Auxerre © Getty Images
Then, head east on D965 for 30 minutes, direction Chablis, to do a tasting and tour through the vineyard of the majestic Château de Béru (32 Grande Rue, Beru) accompanied by the winemaker Athénaïs de Béru . Be sure to book in advance.
Return to Auxerre and rest at the Hotel Le Maxime (2 quai de la Marine), next to the river and a few steps from the old town, with its medieval houses and wooden framework.
Head south towards the heart of Burgundy and make a brief stop in the medieval city of Vézelay to visit the Abbey of Vézelay, overlooking the countryside and one of the starting points of the Camino de Santiago from France.
If you are not in a hurry, go up the A6 towards the southeast through the forests of the Regional Natural Park of Le Morvan before reaching the city of Gevrey-Chambertin (home of legendary Pinot noir), at the tip of the Côte d'Or.
The elegant and rustic La Rôtisserie du Chambertin (6 Rue du Chambertin) is perfect for a light lunch with persillé jambon (typical Burgundy delicatessen).
The perfect place for a light lunch © La Rôtisserie du Chambertin
Continue south for about 50 kilometers until you reach your room at Najeti Hôtel in Beaune (5 Boulevard Clemenceau), a refined, comfortable and a bit outdated hotel with an unpolluted service, very clean rooms and an atmosphere that seems to be taken from a tale of Graham Greene
In the city, dinner at Caves Madeleine (8 Rue du Faubourg Madeleine). It is a very cozy little restaurant where all the winemakers eat, with a slate menu where they serve classics with careful presentations such as meat terrines and potatoes with mashed butter, fish carpaccios and roasted meats with vegetables prepared with care.
Pay a visit to the Hospices de Beaune, an impressive 15th-century hospice that functions as a museum for most of the year and that every third Sunday of November becomes the place of the most important wine auction in the world.
Approach the small Grand Cru and Premier Cru, the vineyards of Richebourg, Échezeaux and La Tâche, which produce the most expensive Burgundy wines. It is one of the most exclusive properties in the world and worth checking out.
Back in Beaune, have lunch at Maison du Colombier (1 Rue Charles Cloutier), a casual tapas bar serving rations (small sardines on toasted bread, the best Iberian ham …) and with a very good and extensive menu of wines that fit both old and innovative bottles. Do not forget to ask for the sausage table before returning to Paris.
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