Pascal and Marielle have just finished their 22nd harvest at this very pretty winery in the hills above Gauriac in the Côtes de Bourg appellation. Architect Marielle directed the conversion of the ‘maison des vignes’ – a very smart gîte in the midst of the vineyard. She has a passion for interior décor and garden flowers. Her most recent project is the creation of a second gîte which is to include a spa and massage room. Pascal produces some outstanding wines from 15 hectares of merlot, the cabernets and a little malbec. You can find the property’s wines in some of the finest restaurants in France or go along to Gauriac where he’ll be more than happy to give you a taste of his characterful and complex côtes wines.
Pascal and Marielle Méli, Château Bujan, Gauriac 33710
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.