How terrible would it be to say you lived in the best wine region in the world for years and not have taken advantage of it? Pretty terrible right. To prevent such a event from occurring, I decided it was about time to visit some wine caves. When in Rome! So, as a great way to debut my vacation I, and three other friends, decided to venture to Beaune France (the wine village of France) for an afternoon of wine tasting!
Why not indulge ourselves, right? We chose les caves Patriarche Père et Fils, the biggest wine cellars in Burgundy. And when I say that, I mean it. When we descended into the caves we quickly found ourselves in a labyrinth. The kind of labyrinth where all the dead ends have wine and lots of it. As we were guided through the labyrinth we came across little tasting areas where a bottle would be presented and you were welcomed to taste its contents in candle light.
Voilà the wines that we got the pleasure to taste! (plus my personal comments, don’t take anything I say too seriously, I’m a beginner)
- Mercurey Rully 2012 (strong flavors, strong flavor of alcohol)
- Saint-Romain 2008 (soft, agreeable)
- Meursault 2000 (tastes old)
- Hautes Côtes de Beaune 2009 (sooooo delicious)
- Bourgogne 2013 (Yummy)
- Chorey-les-Beaune (Yummy)
- Savigny-les-Beaune 1er Cru 2008 (Fruity, strawberries, yummmm)
- Aloxe-Corton 2008 (Dry)
- Gevrey-Chambertin 2011 (Yummy)
- Beaune 1er Cru 2008 (Fruity)
- Pommard 1er Cru 2008 (Fruity)
- Nuits-saint-georges 1er Cru 2010
- Mercurey 2010 (Coffee)
- Clos-Saint-Denis Grand Cru 2004 (tastes old)
So there you have it. I’ve wine tasted! Definitely an experience to be repeated.
Now what’s up with the cage? Why keep wine behind bars? Well let me explain… in 1994, 300 bottles of wine were made to be opened years later. On the 3rd Sunday of November in 2020, 100 bottles will be opened, 100 bottles in 2050, and 100 bottles in 2094. There are only three keys to the the door, one at la Maison Patriarche, one at the Hospices de Beaune, and one with the Mayor. I know where I will be in on the 3rd Sunday of November in 2020!