Dinner at Domaine de Rymska

This post is a look back at our dinner at Domaine de Rymska in the Couchois in between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte Chalonnais. Domaine de Rymska is part of the Relais & Châteaux group.

Driving towards the Couchois from the direction of Beaune, you come through the beautiful vineyards of Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet, each of them known for their distinctive interpretations of Burgundy white wines.

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Morey-Saint-Denis: A walk among its Grand Cru vineyards

On Sunday, the last full day of our Burgundy trip, my wife and I took a walk around the vineyards surrounding Morey-Saint-Denis. Incidentally, it was also the day of the Marathon des Grand Crus, which led straight through the town of Morey-Saint-Denis back towards Dijon. That made for some nice impressions of locals celebrating this year’s harvest. There was live music and fun to be had. We were curious about the fact some runners seemed to prefer Chardonnay over water at the supply stand in the village centre.

Clos de la Roche
Clos de la Roche
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Tour at Maison Champy in Beaune

Today, I was at Maison Champy in the town of Beaune for a tour of their cellar and a brief dégustation. Maison Champy started out as a tonnellerie in the 19th century, then moving to the purchasing of grapes or grape must for vinification and bottling in their role as négociants, and eventually growing their own vines, too. They are one of the oldest wineries in the region and still have all of their production within the city of Beaune.

Today, controlled fermentation takes place in steel tanks to keep much of the expression of each terroir. For maturation, Maison Champy uses Burgundian pièces with only a medium toast. More new oak for the bigger wines.

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Upcoming trip to Burgundy

My wife and I will travel to Burgundy in early October. We will stay in a flat near the town of Beaune in the heart of the Côte d’Or, making it a perfect starting ground from which to explore the Burgundy wine region.

I will post updates from that trip as we move along. Hopefully, I’ll be able to visit a winery, too. Even though the 2023 harvest is almost finished now, following the hot weather in August and early September, it’s still the most busy time of the year for vignerons. I keep my fingers crossed one or two of them will accept visitors nonetheless. If not, there are obviously plenty of excellent wine shops throughout the region, so tasting and bringing home new wines shouldn’t be much of a problem, I suppose. Watch this space for more updates on our upcoming trip!

Visit to Weingut Salwey

This weekend, my wife and I were at Weingut Salwey in Oberrotweil in the Kaiserstuhl region of Baden, Germany. The Kaiserstuhl is Germany’s warmest wine growing region. The soil there consists mainly of volcanic rock and lava, with a large part covered by loess and clay.

Weingut Salwey

Although some of the wines on Salwey’s tasting menu were already sold out, there was still everything to taste and buy from the higher-priced wines. I didn’t take any notes, so these are just my impressions afterwards. More detailed notes will follow in the future when I can sit down and spend more time with each of the individual wines we bought.

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Travel plans for the Kaiserstuhl in Baden

If all goes according to plan, my wife and I will be travelling to the Kaiserstuhl region of Baden in two weeks’ time. The Kaiserstuhl is a chain of more than ten hills in southwest Germany and a well-known wine-growing region for Burgundian grape varieties, especially Pinot Noir, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. The predominant soil types are volcanic stones with a layer of loess. I’ll make sure to take a photo of the impressive terraces that were constructed to plant the vines.

I am most looking forward to a tasting at the Salwey winery, which I will report on soon! It’s not so easy to find an interesting pinot gris, but I’ve heard encouraging things about theirs. As far as pinot noirs are concerned, their reputation is excellent.

Because of the proximity to Alsace, which is only a short drive across the Rhine, we are also going to visit the beautiful town of Colmar in France. Whether I will have the opportunity to taste some Alsatian wines as well remains to be seen.

More details coming soon!

Tasting at Weingut Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof

We had lots of fun at Nik Weis’ St. Urbans-Hof winery in Leiwen at the Mosel today. Thank you for the very friendly service and excellent wine tasting! 🤗 Nik Weis and his team produce elegant Rieslings — dry, off-dry, and sweet — which are typical of the region. They not only have vineyards at the Mosel but also at the Saar west of Trier.