Beaune is not the biggest city of Burgundy but doubtless the most prestigious and the most visited. For two reasons. The first one are its wines. It is around Beaune that are cultivated the most famous (and the most expensive, unfortunately) Burgundy wines. Around Beaune indeed extends the vineyard of the Côte de Beaune and the Haute-Côte de Beaune, the country of great white wines (Meursault, Montrachet) and the Côte de Nuits famous for its red wines among the most expensive of the world, such as the Richebourg or the Romanée-Conti. To taste burgundy wines, you will find cellars opened to the public in Beaune. Cellars Patriarch are the most spectacular with 5 kilometers of arched galleries. To taste, we shall however prefer to leave Beaune and to go in smaller domains with less professional but more authentic welcome. Find my favorites list at the end of the article.
But the wine is not the only reason for visiting Beaune. It is a nice little city which is ideally discovered on feet. By arriving on Beaune, you can park easily on the place Madeleine or on the circular boulevard which makes the tour of Beaune and then you walk. The unmissable site of your visit of Beaune are the Hospices de Beaune. This charitable institution built in the late15th century is perfectly protected and very recognizable with its varnished roofs. This fascinating site was moreover elected 6th Museum of France by the site Tripadvisor! It shelters a collection of 5000 furnitures and objects with the Rogier van der Weyden’s Last Judgment painting on the top. This is one of the masterpieces of the medieval Flemish art. Walking around Beaune you can also admire the old fortified walls.
To discover Beaune, the ideal is Saturday morning during the market.
My favorite places to taste wine in Beaune and in its surrounding :
Domaine Parigot in Meloisey.
Domaine Agns Paquet in Meloisey.
Domaine Germain in Nantoux.
Domaine Françoise André in the old fortified walls of Beaune.
Domaine Rapet in Pernand-Vergelesse.