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Reis met ons mee naar de Bourgogne

Welkom op onze betaalbare Bourgogne blog waar wij u meenemen in onze zoektocht en de geheimen ontrafelen van de minder bekende uithoeken van Bourgogne. Wij: Christopher, Avital en zoontje Valentin hebben zelf een aantal jaar nabij Cluny, Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé, Saint-Véran gewoond met onze Chambres d'hôtes Maison Mazille en willen graag onze vondsten met jullie delen. Bourgogne-Franche-Comté staat absoluut aan de top van de lijst als het gaat om iconische regio's in Frankrijk. Het is een betoverende plek vol pittoreske wijndorpjes, eeuwenoude steden en ongerepte natuurlijke schoonheid. Volg ons naar de bakermat van ''Cool Climate'' en ''Terroir''. Ervaar het samenspel van de bodem, klimaat, ligging en de magische handen van een wijnboer. Ruik de zon verwarmde aarde en stenen in de wijngaarden en de geuren die vrij komen na een plensbui op het hete asfalt van een idyllisch kronkelweggetje. Stap binnen in het hart van Frankrijk, waar Bourgogne niet alleen de hemel is voor wijnliefhebbers, maar ook een paradijs voor vakantiegangers. Deze betoverende regio strekt zich uit van het levendige Dijon in het noorden tot het zonnige Mâcon in het zuiden, waar het landschap langzaam overgaat in de betoverende wereld van de Beaujolais. Tussen de iconische steden Beaune en Mâcon, in het geliefde departement Saône-et-Loire, kronkelt de beroemde Autoroute du Soleil, die even geliefd als berucht is onder reizigers. Het is tevens de ideale tussenstop richting het zuiden.
Een tussenstop in Bourgogne op uw reis naar het zuiden is absoluut een must. Laat u betoveren door de Bourgondische Franse keuken en proef de verrukkelijke wijnen die deze streek rijk is. Gelukkig hoeft u niet per se op reis te gaan om te genieten van al het moois dat Bourgogne te bieden heeft. Bij Burgundy or Nowhere hebben we een selectie van heerlijke betaalbare Bourgogne wijnen die u niet mag missen. Het kopen van Bourgogne wijn is net zo eenvoudig als een klik van uw muis - u kunt uw favorieten gemakkelijk online bestellen en thuis laten bezorgen. Ieder seizoen hopen wij een nieuw domein te presenteren dat een bijzondere emotie weet te creëren. Kleinere domeinen nemen de plaats in van grote bekende namen en dure chateaus. Wij nemen geen genoegen met gemiddelde smaken. Wij zoeken Bourgognes uit zonder pretenties maar die zich wel kwalitatief verheven mogen voelen zonder dat we daar te veel voor moeten betalen. Met een focus op direct te genieten, betaalbare en duurzame Bourgogne wijn van kleine wijnboeren. Bourgogne is niet alleen wijn, het is een ervaring, een houding, een reflectie van het leven! Het weerspiegelt de diversiteit en complexiteit van de regio, waar elk dorp, elke wijngaard en elke wijnmaker zijn eigen unieke stijl en karakter heeft. Bourgogne wijn is voor mensen die kwaliteit, authenticiteit en elegantie waarderen. Het is voor mensen die de nuances en subtiliteiten van verschillende terroirs en jaargangen willen ontdekken. In goede en in mindere jaren. Het is voor mensen die graag wijn combineren met Franse klassiekers als Boeuf Bourguignon, Oeufs en Meurette of gewoon lekker bij een kaasplankje! Proef de verfrissende minerale zuren die een prachtige spanning geven aan de welbekende rondeur van de Chardonnay druif en weelderige afdronk waar de Bourgogne bekend om staat! Of u nu de voorkeur geeft aan een lichte rode wijn ofwel een Bourgogne Pinot Noir, of bijzonder rijke witte Bourgogne Chardonnay of een sprankelende en feestelijke Crémant de Bourgogne, bij ons vindt u een wijn die past bij uw smaak en gelegenheid.

Crémant de Bourgogne

Looking for the perfect aperitif! For this we have to go to Olivier and Sandrine! We take you to Moroges by taking an exit just before we enter Givry. Crémant de Bourgogne from the Côte Chalonnaise from Domaine de La Luolle. Take your Burgundian experience to the next level with Crémant de Bourgogne from the Côte Chalonnaise, a sparkling wine made using traditional methods. Often overshadowed by its better-known counterparts from Champagne, Crémant de Bourgogne from this region combines quality and affordability. Discover our selection of sparkling wine secrets and enjoy an affordable alternative for sparkling wine lovers. As you peruse our Crémant de Bourgogne collection, you will discover the sparkling secrets of the Côte Chalonnaise. Crafted with precision and finesse, these sparkling wines provide a festive touch without the premium price tag. Each bottle offers a glimpse into the vibrant side of Burgundy and showcases its versatility beyond still wines.
Domaine de la Luolle has something for everyone these holidays. While many wineries treat their Crémant merely as a by-product to offer a wide range for importers, a select group such as Domaine de la Luolle takes a different approach and makes it their calling card. This upside-down mindset will make you wonder why you ever settled for less by spending more. The organic Demeter-certified millésime Crémant de Bourgognes from Domaine Luolle are invigorating and delicious sparkling wines from the Côte Chalonnaise (Moroges, near Givry). The beautiful minimalist Art Deco labels complete the picture on the table, especially when served in classic open Champagne coupes from a bygone era. 1. For the adventurous: Try something wild! A sparkling red bubble of partly fruity Pinot Noir and a hint of earthy Gamay such as the 2020 Bourgogne Mousseux, Rouge Bulles that fits perfectly with sweet treats. 2. For everyone: enjoy a rich, almost-Champagne experience with the 2020 Crémant de Bourgogne, cuvee Classique. The juicy flavors of quince and brioche create a perfect synergy. 3. For the experts: The Blanc de Blancs variant will make many Champagne drinkers doubt why they sometimes pay 80 euros a bottle for chalk-dry Champagne. Both the 2018 and 2020 Blanc de Blancs Crémant de Bourgogne offer a solution for this with its delicate mousse and notes of white flowers, flint, citrus and quince. The Blanc de Blancs Crémant de Bourgogne is the most versatile and special option for every occasion and every wallet. Whether you're celebrating a milestone or enjoying time with friends, this sparkling wine is sure to impress. The refreshing bubbles go well with fish dishes such as tuna sashimi, fried salmon and raw oysters with a squeeze of lemon. However, it's not just limited to seafood. It is also an excellent addition to a cheese board. Creamy white cheeses match perfectly with this Crémant de Bourgognes. Even slightly spicy goat's cheese combines well with this sparkling wine.

White Burgundy wine and white asparagus

An iconic combination. The combination of wine with asparagus, both white and green, requires specific wine characteristics to create a harmonious taste experience. The most important components of a wine that ensure a good combination with asparagus are the acidity, the flavor profile, and the body of the wine. 1. **Acidity**: Asparagus, especially white ones, have a subtle and delicate flavor with a slight bitterness. A wine with good acidity can balance this bitterness and emphasize the freshness of the asparagus. Wines with high acidity, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, or a young Chardonnay, are often excellent choices. 2. **Taste Profile**: The flavor profile of the wine should be complementary to the earthy and slightly bitter notes of the asparagus. Wines with citrus and green apple notes pair well with green asparagus, while wines with buttery and nutty notes, such as some Burgundy wines, pair perfectly with white asparagus. 3. **Body**: The body of the wine also plays a role in the combination. Light to medium bodied wines work best because they don't drown out the delicate flavors of asparagus. Heavier wines can be too dominant and overshadow the subtle nuances of the asparagus.
White Burgundy wine and white asparagus together form a great combination in the culinary world. White Burgundy wine, from the Burgundy region of France, is made from the Chardonnay grape. These wines are known for their finesse and complexity, with flavor profiles ranging from fresh and fruity to rich and buttery, often with hints of citrus, green apple, hazelnut and sometimes a hint of vanilla from the wood aging. Now the southernmost Maconnais area is also known for its characteristic bitterness in the final, which fits in perfectly with the earthiness of the asparagus discussed earlier. White asparagus, also known as "white gold," is a delicacy that is mainly marketed in the spring. They are grown underground, so they retain their characteristic pale color. White asparagus has a mild, delicate flavor with a slight bitterness and a refined texture. When white Burgundy wine is combined with white asparagus, a harmony of flavors is created. The acidity and freshness of the wine perfectly complement the soft and subtle flavors of the asparagus. This classic duo is often served with a simple sauce, such as Hollandaise or melted butter, which brings out the flavors of both the wine and the asparagus. In summary, a wine that pairs well with asparagus should have refreshing acidity, a complementary flavor profile, and a light to medium body. These properties ensure that both the wine and the asparagus come into their own, without dominating each other. Good acidity is especially important with green asparagus. Green asparagus has a fresh, sometimes bitter taste that can be well balanced by the refreshing acidity of the wine. Wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Grüner Veltliner are known for their high acidity and work great to accentuate and freshen the earthy notes of the asparagus. But people often forget that Burgundy wine also has great mineral freshness. These are often the wines without wood aging and therefore come from steel or concrete tanks. Minerality is a valuable property. Wines with a slight minerality, often found in wines from cooler climates or specific terroirs such as the Loire Valley and in our case, Burgundy, can emphasize and enhance the earthy characteristics of the asparagus, creating a more layered and interesting tasting experience. In addition, the fruitiness of the wine plays a crucial role. Wines with vibrant fruity notes, such as citrus, green apple or pear, can complement and harmonize the green flavors of the asparagus. These fruity nuances help to balance the bitter notes of the asparagus and add a refreshing dimension to the meal. Our recommendations can be found in the menu under the heading ''Asparagus''. But if we can make a suggestion, it would be the watch wines from Domaine Vuillemez described below. With green asparagus you take the ''Tourbillion'' cuvee which has rested on concrete and presents lots of green fruit and with the white asparagus you serve the slightly buttery but also mineral ''Les Beluses'' cuvee.

Watches & Wines

Our first discovery was made during the Grands Jours de Bourgogne in Beaune, a biennial wine fair for wine professionals. It immediately struck us that we were dealing with something special here. Domaine Vuillemez embraces the adage of 'it is better to do a few things very well than many things mediocrely'. Their wines are a celebration of craftsmanship, patience and the timeless beauty of Burgundy and set a new standard by creating serious Burgundies in an environment where they have never been seen before. And that at an extremely competitive price where you can easily pay double for an equivalent bottle of wine. Less than one percent of all Chardonnay in Burgundy bears the prestigious name Mâcon-Chardonnay. With roots dating back to 1937, Mâcon-Chardonnay is a modest area of ​​about 230 hectares in the northern part of Sud-Bourgogne, the Mâconnais.
Domaine Vuillemez, a name steeped in watchmaking tradition, is a tribute to craftsmanship and passion in the world of Burgundy wine. Set amid the enchanting Burgundian landscapes and rolling hills of the Mâconnais, the members of the Vuillemez family have transferred their precision and dedication to perfection from watches to wine, creating a range of refined Chardonnay white wines that both - as wine lovers should delight. In an ode to innovation and tradition, we find Domaine Vuillemez housed in an old barn in the heart of the village of Chardonnay, surrounded by centuries-old history. Here they experiment with bold choices, such as the use of egg-shaped concrete barrels alongside stainless steel and oak, giving their wines a unique character within the traditional Burgundian environment. Claude Vuillemez's vision is continued by his sons Valentin and Paul, who inherited the art of precision from watchmaking and applied it to the winery. Called "vins watchers", they strive for nothing less than perfection, embracing the cult of slowness and taking the time to achieve greatness, both in their wines and in life itself. Since 2007, Domaine Vuillemez has been committed to understanding the terroir and pursuing sustainability, aided by local experts such as Florent Barday and Swiss biodynamic specialist Christian Vessaz. By renewing more than half of their plantings between 2014 and 2021 and embracing natural methods, they strive for the pure expression of the fruit and the authentic character of their clean wines.

A Secret Garden

A visit to Domaine Houblin-Vernin in the Grand-Auxerrois in the secret garden of the Parisians. The northern part of Burgundy, excluding Chablis, is surrounded by the Grand Auxerrois and can be reached within two hours from Paris. This area is home to numerous small, centuries-old vineyards that produce a diverse range of wines including white, rosé, red, "grey" and sparkling crémant. The vineyards are located along the chalky banks of the Armançon and the Yonne, where for centuries the wines produced were transported by water to Paris. Several sub-regions are distinguished within the Grand Auxerrois: Auxerrois: located immediately south and southwest of Auxerre, consisting of about ten municipalities. Jovinien: around Joigny, the northernmost part of Burgundy for AOC wines. Tonnerois: around Tonnerre. Vézelien: around Vézelay. As elsewhere in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are dominant in the Grand Auxerrois. Other grape varieties grown include Aligoté, Sauvignon and Sauvignon Gris for white wines. Especially in Saint-Bris, wine growers also produce Sauvignon grapes. Sometimes Sacy or Melon grapes are used for white wines. The César grape was brought to the Yonne by the Roman legions and produces very dark grapes with lots of tannins and red fruit aromas. It is sometimes used in certain wines from Irancy.
We're heading towards Migé. This is located in the lesser-known Burgundy region of Yonne and is part of the Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse appellation, in addition to neighboring villages within the Grand-Auxerrois. Initially under the broader appellation Burgundy, Migé gained recognition in 1993 with its own appellation, focusing mainly on red wines, but also on the production of white and rosé wines. Here we visit Domaine Houblin-Vernin which has grown steadily over the years, moving from equal production of white and red wine to a focus on predominantly red wine. The estate specializes in Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse wines and offers five different cuvées, which differ mainly in the use of oak. Migé's unique terroir, characterized by deeper clay-rich soils with lots of stones, contributes to the wines' distinct mineral qualities. This distinction is especially notable in white wines, where the Migé terroir comes to the fore, as noted by Jean-Luc Houblin. But not as mineral as Chablis, just a bit friendlier. AOC Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse is located 15 km south of Auxerre and is the only regional appellation (with complementary appellation) on the left bank of the Yonne river. The Burgundian wine list features a varied landscape of vineyards, spread from north to south over no fewer than seven municipalities: Coulanges-la-Vineuse, Escolives-Sainte-Camille, Jussy, Migé, Mouffy, Charentenay and Val-de-Mercy. These vineyards surround small valleys formed by erosion and are located at altitudes ranging from 155 to 310 meters above sea level, benefiting from a favorable microclimate. The finest plots are often situated on slopes facing south and south-east. The subsoil consists mainly of limestone, clay and marl from the Kimmeridgian period. About 150 million years ago, and also known as the Late Jurassic Period, the deposition of sediment resulted in a soil rich in the aforementioned. Despite historical challenges, including the devastation caused by phylloxera and the upheavals of two world wars, the Coulangeois area is experiencing a winemaking revival. The combined efforts of local winegrowers aim to increase the reputation of Bourgogne Coulanges-la-Vineuse beyond the Yonne region. Efforts are underway to elevate Coulanges-la-Vineuse to a village appellation, which would impose stricter regulations and possibly lower yields. While some concerns remain among vintners about potential financial implications, this move marks a step toward increasing the prestige and market value of the appellation.