Corgoloin is not the most famous village of the Côte d’Or, down below the 1er cru levels near the railway line. But in the village is the winery of the Désertaux-Ferrand family who are producing some class-leading white and red burgundies. Their Meursault Les Boucheres won the latest BIVB Cave de Prestige award with a score of 18.5/20 – not bad for a producer from the Côtes de Nuits! They also have a couple of charming holiday gites, lease their vines through 3D Wines and regularly win awards at the International Wine Challenge in London. Stay for a week or a long-weekend, meet the family, taste the wines… rent a vine!
Domaine Désertaux-Ferrand, Corgoloin
Leave Nuits Saint Georges and Beaune and drive up into Les Hautes Côtes. The wines are good: many of the wineries here have parcelles in the 1er cru vineyards as well as their own côtes wines. The stunning scenery here is another reason for leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the N74; high vineyards with amazing views, wildflower meadows, forests, streams and lakes… and in Echevronne, the winery of Lucien Jacob whose 17 hectares of Chardonnay and Pinot vines produce some delicious red, white, and rosé Burgundies. Name sounds familiar? Lucien Jacob’s vines can be ‘leased’ through 3D-Wines whose clients travel to the property to pick up their wines each year. Some stay in the family’s little gîte in the village a hundred metres from the winery.
Domaine Lucien Jacob, Echevronne
The ‘fairy spring’ has been here since Gallo-Roman times, the house dates back to the 13th century. The wines however are thoroughly modern and Thierry and Philippe are real innovators. Pouilly-Fuissé matured in Acacia barrels; screw-caps and contemporary labels; Ayurvedic massage available in the maison d’hotes next door… this is a truly individual winery. The wines are splendid, as is the amazing guest accommodation. Source des Fées wines are exported to the UK – if you can’t find any just get on the TGV from St Pancras and you can be in Macon Loché (only 5km from the property) in just over 5 hours!
Tucked behind the town hall in the busy Burgundian village of Vosne Romanée is the maison d’hôtes of winemaker Anne Gros. Each room, named after one of Anne’s vineyards, has its own personality; choose, for example, the muted and minimalist Les Moines for quite contemplation or the mandarin and limestone Les Loachausse whose wacky recycled sculptures are a hoot. If you get the chance to buy some of Anne’s excellent grands crus then go for it – demand often outstrips supply. A visit to the beautiful cellars is a treat as is a bicycle ride up to Anne’s parcelle of vines at the Clos de Vougeot.
Domaine Anne Gros, Vosne Romanée.