In Beaune tasting the wines of Maconnais and Cote de Beaune.

Note: Wines In Niagara is compiling a daily photo blog from Burgundy during the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, an annual celebration of the wines of the entire region.

While the first day of the week celebrated the white wines of Chablis, and Day 2 took us to the Cote de Nuits for a close look at the reds (pinot noirs) of Burgundy, the third day was reserved for a look at the newest and most northern appellation in Burgundy, Marsannay.

We also had an intense look at the affordable and often over-looked wines of Pouilly Fuisse, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Pouilly-Loche, Macon, Saint-Veran and Vire-Clesse. Also on display at the Palais des Congres de Beaune were the wines of Aloxe-Corton, Chorey-les-Beaune, Ladoix-Serrigny, Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-les-Beaune and a range of sparkling wines made in Burgundy.

It was primarily a day of tasting with a few detours along the way (like a great sushi lunch in downtown Beaune and a little side trip to another tasting that featured natural, organic and biodynamic wines from around France.
Here are some shots from the day.

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Marsannay is a northern region in Burgundy making some very nice Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at attractive prices.

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A big harvest-style dinner celebrated all things Marsannay including this trio of quail egg, butternut squash cream soup and local goat cheese.



A wonderful pairing with Marsannay Chardonnay.


Veal and quinoa serve with Marsanny Red.

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A great example of good Marsannay.

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There was no shortage of wine at the Maconnais and Cote de Beaune tasting.


A highlight of the tasting for me were the wines from Alex Gambal. Such purity of fruit!


Overview shot of the wine tasting.

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One of the showcase Pouilly-Fuisses.


Priopriator Alex Gambal and his winemaker Geraldine Godot.


The biodynamic wines from Domaine Barmès-Buecher (Aslace) were terrific. We tried them on a quick side trip to the Burgundy tour.

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The wines of Domaine Barmès-Buecher.