SHOPPING IN DIJON AND BEAUNE
SHOPPING IN DIJON
Where to start? In the absence of an existing connection it is easy to fall prey to one of the tourist traps selling expensive and poorly made wine. At Les Deux Chevres in Gevrey Chambertin, our WINE CLUB by The Burgundy Shop has a good selection of organic and biodynamic Burgundy wines from passionate producers who we know and where we regularly taste. You will pay a retail price rather than the slightly lesser price that producers charge to passing customers, but you have the benefit of expert advice and a wide selection of well made Burgundy wines which have been chosen with knowledge of the maker. If you are not able to take the wine with you, we ship our wines to pretty much everywhere in the world.
CHEESE and MUSTARD if you enjoy fine French cheese, and are able to take some with you, then a trip into Beaune or Dijon is a must. You will find just about every kind of French cheese, with a selection of organic, sheep and goat cheeses from Burgundy. In Beaune, Fromagerie Alain Hess on Rue du Lieutenant Dupuis (once you find Place Carnot it is easy to spot) has a fine selection of cheeses and a good range of preserves and other delicatessen provisions, including Burgundy Mustard from Fallot.
BIJOU BOURGUIGNON A somewhat surprising find in the hills behind Gevrey Chambertin. Two former employees of Cartier the famous French Jeweller have set up a business making artisan jewellery which embodies the spirit and colours of Burgundy. Their colourful bracelets can be purchased online at theburgundyshop
THE BARE ESSENTIALS
THREE DAYS AND NIGHTS IN BURGUNDY
A DAY IN BEAUNE
The wine capital of Burgundy if not France. Beaune is a charming small walled town with well preserved buildings many of which date back to Medieval times or earlier. The world famous Hospices de Beaune rightly attracts visitors from around the world. The ancient hospital (it was still a working hospital in the 1930's) and its history are superbly presented with all nationalities catered for. Just opposite the Hospices is the shop wine lovers dream about - Atheneum - every book, map and artifice a wine lover could possibly desire. The other attractions of the town, and suggestions of where to eat see our Guide to Beaune http://blog.theburgundyshop.com/beaune
A DAY IN DIJON
The capital of Burgundy. With some more time to spare, the attractions of Dijon can be explored at a bit more leisure. The Owls trail is a well signalled walking route that takes in all the main Dijon cultural stops, including the market Les Halles. Other shops not to be missed - Fabrice Gillotte for chocolate lovers - a world class Burgundy chocolate maker, and Pierre Hubert for a mid morning gateau. For coffee and tea breaks, Comptoir des Colonies is an old fashioned coffee house near to the market, and a stones throw from Notre Dame de Dijon.
A BURGUNDY WINE TOUR OR A BURGUNDY CULTURAL TRIP depending on your inclination. There are different burgundy wine tours to suit different budgets - some Burgundy guides that we have worked with can be found at http://blog.theburgundyshop.com/wine-tours. However it is also possible to arrange your own Burgundy Tour, with just a bit of guidance on friendly Burgundy wineries who will be happy to talk to you about their wines and wine making in Burgundy. The staff at Les Deux Chevres will guide you on where you can go and what you can expect - all we ask is that you start the tour at Les Deux Chevres! For a Burgundy cultural trip, both near to hand and a bit further afield, there are some wonderful options, and these can be found at http://blog.theburgundyshop.com/burgundy-guide