Bourgogne: Sometimes Plan “B” is the Best
Sometimes Plan “B” is the Best
After a memorable morning at Morey-Coffinet in Chassagne-Montrachet, my afternoon plans were a big question mark.
Running just a bit late, I found there was no room at 1 pm at the one restaurant in Volnay – “service est terminé“. No! I headed out to RD974 (the old RN74), and happened to see a little wine bar with continuous service. No cars in the parking lot. I was happy I was going to have lunch, even if it was a bust. As it turns out, an empty parking lot on a weekday in November needn’t raise concerns over the quality of the restaurant! (click on any photo for the slideshow, escape to return to the post)
Short Notice Winery Visit
Shortly before my trip, my afternoon winery visit fell through. I was disappointed, because visits need to be scheduled in advance, and I didn’t have enough time to research and contact a winery. Unlike the US, most wineries don’t have tasting rooms.
I decided to just try my luck on the Bourgogne Wines website, an excellent resource for anyone interested in the wines of the region. The website includes a powerful feature which allows you to find and set up a winery visit. You can filter the list to include winegrowers in certain villages, sales at the winery, and even languages spoken (score!). Even though it was just the day before, I was able to confirm an afternoon visit in Volnay at Domaine Albert Boillot. The winegrower, Raymond, was a quiet, charming gentleman. He took me 1:1 through a complete tour of the cellar. As we were heading back to the tasting room, he pointed to a very short door and said that was the winery. Would I be interested in seeing it? Yes! After a leisurely tasting of his wines, I purchased one each of the Volnay and Pommard 1er Cru. I wish I had more room in my wine luggage.
Hike the Vineyards of Volnay and Pommard
There’s no better or more memorable way to understand a winegrowing area than to spend some time just wandering through the vines. I left enough time to hike in the vineyards around Volnay and Pommard.
So when life hands you plan “B”, grab it!