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BURGUNDY – beautiful wines and haute cuisine …

by Jane Berry on Tue 27 Dec 16

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This region is a favourite with Parisiens being close enough for an enjoyable weekend. Burgundy’s association with beautiful wines and haute cuisine is world renown, so it is no wonder that houses up for sale are less easy to find. Burgundy consists of 4 departments; Yonne, Côte-d’Or, Nievre and Saone-et-Liore, each synonymous with such regional specialities as ’Boeuf Bourguignon’ Bleu de Bresse cheeses and of course a beautiful glass of chilled Chablis wine. This famous wine region has 96 AOC category wines, 33 of which are classified as highly prized, ‘Grands Crus’. Premium prices are achieved in the Côte d’Or around Dijon and Beaune.

This region has a fascinating history dating back to Roman times, it’s monastic history gave the area some magnificent buildings including the Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay built in 1119, numerous Romanesque churches and even the Château du Close de Vougeort nestling in the vineyards, originated from that monastic period.

Easily accessible; one can fly into Dijon airport from the UK, take any one of three Autoroutes through the region, or travel in comfort down to Dijon on the Eurostar train. Temperatures in Burgundy vary, but generally warm from April through to October with a low humidity. Autumn is often characterised by warm sunny days, sunshine totals higher the further south you go.


There are no tourists in Burgundy!

by damien on Thu 11 Aug 16
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This seems a strange claim indeed from the Burgundy tourist office (you would think they would be doing themselves out of a job) but let me explain. They argue that people come to Burgundy because they are already in love with the region.  They have dedicated routes to follow so no matter if you are interested in wine, history, religion or fairytale chateaux there’s an itinerary for you.

Burgundy is the cradle of both the Cistercian and Cluniac orders and the UNESCO world heritage site between Clamecy and Avallon is a must see visit – try and get there when the magnificent basilica echos to the sound of Gregorian chanting.  There are a plethora of churches to visit but do make sure that both the Abbey of Cluny and the church of St Pierre de Louhans in Bresse are on your list.

Don’t forget to also take in some Renaissance chateaux and medieval castles while you are here too. The town hall in Dijon is actually an an old palace while the medieval castle in Chateauneuf en Auxois stands majestically on a rocky spur. At Guedelon there are fifty workmen painstakingly renovating the castle using only medieval materials and techniques…it may take them some time!

If you find yourself in southern Burgundy then the chateaux tourist route is well worth taking as you set off on a journey through the middle ages to the renaissance.

Finally, why not take to the water and have a trip along the Canal du Nivernais and enjoy floating underneath some wonderful bridges and the incredible vaulted tunnels that let your canal boat fit snuggly through.  Some of the sixteen locks are spectacularly pretty and it will be a trip to remember for sure.


Playing golf in Burgundy

by damien on Sun 14 Jun 15
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There are plenty of terrific golf courses in Burgundy that will suit both the casual holiday golfer and the seasoned professional in search of a challenge.
 
Three of our favourites are:
 
Dijon – Norges Golf Club. Cut through a 160 ha forest this renowned club was created in 1971 by Michael Fenn and the 6,500 yards are a fair challenge from the back.  It’s pretty easy walking though and although the fairways can be tight it’s the kind of course that you’re happy to play 36 holes on in a day – ideal for holiday golf.
 
Chailly Golf Club.  What a stunning setting! The par 72, 6696 yard course has water, trees and beautiful views throughout.  The front nine is relatively easy and lulls you into a false sense of security as the holes gradually become tighter and the greens become harder to hit.  This is the perfect hliday golf course and not to be missed.

Roncemay Golf Club. This is a terrific course that is easy enough from the front tees but a whole different ball game from the championship tees.  It is 6856 yards, par 72 and the course weaves around an old hunting lodge with a wooded front nine.
 
There are plenty of others to choose from though.  Why not visit the course in Beaune or the Chateau de la Frediere course in Ceron. Golf de Chalon sur Saone is another course ideal for holiday makers.
 

Let us help you find your ideal property in Burgundy.

Whether you are looking for an old ruin to renovate or a beautiful chateau to show off then Burgundy has a property for you.

Prices vary greatly across the region so we have set out below a rough price guide for each department. These can sometimes be slightly misleading as the low volume of sales in rural areas can skew the figures but they are certainly useful in spotting trends and prime areas.

The average property price in Burgundy as a region is around €128,000. In 2011/12 prices rose by 0.9%.

Cote d'Or - this is the most expensive of the four departments within Burgundy and has an average property price of around €161,400. This rises as you get in and around the city of Dijon where the average rises to €197,000. In 2011/12 prices in the department rose by 1.2%. The lowest prices in the department are found around Montbard.

Nievre - the lowest property prices in all of Burgundy are to be found in Nievre where the average price is an incredible €83,000 (with a slight rise of 0.9% in 2011/12). If you look in and around Chateau Chinon this average price drops to just €64,500 which is amongst the lowest in all of France.

The beautiful Saone et Loire department offers some of the best value property. The average price in this department is around €116,000 and prices rose by 3.2% in 2011/12. Prime properties are to be found around Macon and Chalon sur Saone, both of which are popular with international buyers.

Finally, the Yonne department has an average price of around €126,000. It is the only department in Burgundy to see a fall in price in 2011/12 of 0.1%. Prices vary greatly in this department with the lowest found around Avallon and the highest around Sens.

Hopefully this quick snapshot will prove helpful in your search - don't forget though that nothing can beat local knowledge and we will be happy to give you a more detailed idea of which area best suits your needs.

The wines of Burgundy are amongst the most sought after in the world.

If great food and wine is what you are looking for then this is the region for you.

The climate & soil of Burgundy are the two driving forces behind the quality of grapes and the gorgeous wines that are so famous around the world. Of particular note are the red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes and the white wines made from Chardonnay.

The semi continental climate has just the right mixtures of heat, cold and rainfall to ensure that the 28,000 hectares of vineyards remain healthy and fruitful. There are four main levels in Burgundy wine classifications which are geographically focussed:
Grand Cru wines are produced in the best vineyards on the Cote d'Or, as defined by the AOC. Typically these need to be aged by at least five years and the best examples can be kept for around fifteen years. The best Grand Cru wines from Burgundy can reach many thousands of pounds - the specific vineyard is named on the label.
Premier Cru wines are the next highest classification and make up around 12% of production. They don't attract such a premium price as Grand Cru wines and are labelled with the name of the village of origin.
Village appellation wines make up around 36% of production and are produced from a blend of wines from what are seen as lesser vineyards. They will show the village name on the label and the taste can vary considerably across the region.
Finally, regional appellation wines are wines which are allowed to be produced across the whole region. The popular AOC Bourgogne comes into this category and these wines are usually best drunk straight away.
Part of the fun in living in Burgundy is discovering your own personal favourites - it's not always a matter of just picking the expensive ones either, there are some terrific bargains to be picked up if you know where to look!

Come and discover great food and world class restaurants.

The most famous foods to come out of Burgundy have to be Beef Bourguignon and Coq au Vin although the Époisses de Bourgogne cheese may run them close - it comes from a small village in the Cote d'Or and is a pungent, unpasteurised, cows milk cheese with a red/orange colour. Packaged in a distinctive round box it is washed in the local brandy and has been described as "the king of all cheeses".

Beef Bourguignon is a beef stew where the meat has been braised in a local red Burgundy, originally a peasant dish the meat was cooked slowly to help tenderise the cheaper cuts - now it can be found on the menu at most of the top restaurants.

Coq au Vin is another dish to hail from this region. Recipes differ but it is braised chicken with lardons, mushrooms, garlic and, traditionally, a Burgundy wine.

Plenty of other fantastic dishes can be found in Burgundy. Escargots, Persillé ham, oeufs meurettes, gougeres (savoury choux pastry) and pain d'epices to name but a few.

There were 24 restaurants in Burgundy within the 2012 Michelin guide with three star restaurants being found in Chagny, Joigny and Saulieu. Two star restaurants can be found in Sens and Saint Pere. You don't need to seek out Michelin stars though - most towns and villages have an excellent choice with the menu du jour usually being around 10-12 euros.

Making your way to Burgundy.

You can hop on the Eurostar and be in Burgundy within just over four hours. There are main stops at:

Sens (4 hrs 15 mins)
Dijon (4 hrs 30 mins)
Montbard (4 hrs 30 mins)
Laroche Migennes (4 hrs 40 mins)
Le Creusot (4 hrs 45 mins)
Macon Loche (5 hours)
Beaune (5 hours 30 mins)
Chalon sur Saone (5 hours 50 mins)

To find a full list of TGV destinations and timetables there is a dedicated website called "Burgundy by rail" - you can access it here.

There are no airports in Burgundy but the international airports in Paris, Lyon, Clermont Ferrand and Geneva are all easily accessible. The A31 and A6 motorways also make getting to and from Burgundy easy by car.

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