Monday, March 4, 2013

Beaune, France (19:27 GMT+1)

Crusty baguette on a chilly, sun-filled morning. First tasting twenty minutes south in Santenay. Whites and reds from 2011: a small vintage full of freshness. Cozy lunch in town; wintry sole, guineafowl, and paté. Second tasting in Chassagne, reds first. Santenay red with finesse, Chassagne white with depth and length. Up to St. Aubin for a reliable source; precise, mineral, balanced Puligny 1er the star of the afternoon. Quick stop at the Carrefour for necessities - water, coffee, époisses. Samples from Pommard; dinner tonight in Beaune.


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