What do the Italian people think about French wines? I’m sorry to say it, but clichés and prejudices are always many. We’re human beings with our virtues and our faults. Associazione LEGAMI – despite her strong effort in terms of time to visit cellars from North to South of the Bel Paese – has decided to visit the French cousins at least once a year.

This year – between the end of August and the beginning of September – we focused on the Côte de Nuits. A short report of our experience in Burgundy? We’ve tasted many great wines, adequately expensive and we’ve also  tasted cheap ordinary wines.

What did we learn? That French people feel they “score” any time a food & wine tourist enters their area. Regardless of the bottle they’ll buy, which “Domain” they’ll visit or what shop they’ll get in. What’s important is that they’ll be falling in love with Burgundy becoming then their devoted partisans.  During any degustation we‘ve always been offered the chance to taste aged wines. The vertical tastings have undoubtedly been the most expensive, but they resulted as a fundamental instrument to know better the identity of the different climats.

What we did not understand? The bad news is that there are so few restaurants open on Sunday and Monday or cellars open for the visits, if not previously booked by some acquaintance or colleague.

We’re coming home with some bottles of Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Brochon, and Chambolle-Musigny (and Chablis also, where we spent a whole day) … and the awareness we should come visit Burgundy at least twice a year!

September 6th, 2016

Marco Negro