Chalon-sur-Saone, Beaune and the Burgundy region

Today we reached the northern most navigable region of the Saone river. We took a motor coach ride into the city of Beaune. We started the morning touring a mustard factory and tasted some of the nicest burgundy mustards. Dijon, as you know is famous for its mustards ( we go there tomorrow). We then toured the famous Hostel Dieu, a hospital built for the poor in the 14 th century. It was built by Nicholas Roulin, trying his best to buy his way into heaven as many wealthy Catholics at the time did. We had lunch in town today at a local restaurant… Boeuf bourguignon naturally! The salad had a couple crispy crouton pieces with warm le chèvre. Wonderful. We did some shopping and ended the afternoon with, you guessed it, another wine tasting. In burgundy, it’s all about the Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. Pinot’s grown mainly on clays and the Chardonnay on limestone soils. They had a very wet and cold spring and the flowers which usually are on the vines in late May were one month late. You count 100 days from flower to harvest so they are harvesting now. For you connoisseurs du vin, 2013 may not be a great year for French wines. It was fun watching the harvest though.

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