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Note: Wines In Niagara is compiling a daily photo blog from Burgundy during the Grands Jours de Bourgogne, an annual celebration of the wines from 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, Day 4 included a grand dinner at the Chateau de Meursault, the final day was a hectic and wonderful day of tasting myriad Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays as well as an exclusive dinner featuring 45 Grand Crus.
The final day also included special visits with Alex Gambal and Montreal-born Pascal Marchand, now a partner with Niagara’s Moray Tawse in two wineries in Burgundy.

As I said, it was a busy day that even saw us spend a few moments trying a new grower’s Champagne from an up and coming house in that region.

Here are some photos from Day Five, my final day, in Burgundy.

dinner setting

The dinner arrangement at the Castle de Clos Vougeot.

blind taste

Tasters enjoyed 48 different Burgundy Grand Crus, all tasted blind (hence the bottles all wrapped in either red or white bags).

grand cru one

blind overview

foie gras

Dinner at the castle, first course: foie gras.


Second course: Duck two ways.

cheese with batard

Of course, the cheese course, served with 1982 Batard-Montrachet from Jadot.


The finishing touch.

pommard taste two

Tasting at the Pommard castle.

pommard tasting

Tasting in Pommard.

dali two

The art in the court yard at the Castle de Pommard included this Salvador Dali sculpture and the one below.

dali one


snail befor

The before pictures of raw snails. Below is the after photo. Mmmm, good.

snail after

alex rock

A good rock demonstration on where the nuances is all Burgundy comes from. The rocks and soil. This is while visiting with Alex Gambal.

gambal pic

Alex Gambal leads a tasting at his domaine in Beune.


Marchand-Tawse draws a sample of wine from the barrel of his cellar in the heart of Nuit St. George.

m-t barrels

The barrel cellar at Marchand Tawse.


new wine label

The label from the new winery purchased recently by Pascal Marchand and Moray Tawse.

drink champagne

Getting a small break from all that Pinot and Chard tastings with a little Champagne.

champage one

Loading up glasses of Bernardin & Fils Blanc de Blancs Champagne.

Jean-Christophe Barnardin shows his family's Champagne at a friendly tasting in Beaune.