Beaune, France (18:46 GMT+1)
A rainy, mist-filled drive up to Ladoix, on the north side of the hill of Corton. Tasted eighteen wines, all of excellent character; a 2010 Grand Cru Corton “Bressandes” steals the show. Further north to Gevrey-Chambertin, where a tiny domaine makes bright crisp red-fruitted pinot noir. Lunch in Nuits - cuisse de canard - and back to Beaune. Afternoon tasting in the freezing air of a 15th century cellar beneath the city; an 06 Puligny 1er shows nuts, and toasty honey. Sun and blue sky suddenly reappear, demanding a quick espresso in an outdoor café. Dinner tonight in town, Chablis tomorrow.