Tonight is the last night in Beaune for me and the fellow winecats (our nickname for the trip instead of wildcats). The past week has been amazing and a trip of a lifetime for me. I have never been to Europe and now I never want to leave.
Over the past couple days we have met with world famous winemakers and seen where the magic happens, in addition to tasting wines that I will remember for a lifetime. I'll just highlight a few pieces from this part of the trip.
The town of Beaune is absolutely charming with its cobblestone streets and historic steeples. Within the town we had the pleasure of visiting the Domain Drouhin cellars and meeting with Robert Drouhin himself. Before being the meeting he said this will be one of his last public meetings, it was an honor and I was tempted to ask for his signature. Hearing the history of his family first hand and how DDO came to be was incredible. In the cellars we witnessed the three acreas the spread beneath the city filled with barrels and old vintage wine bottles.
Another memorable experience was the trip to Dominique Lafon winery, Domain des Cometes Lafon, who is Evening Land's consultant. He spent majority of the morning with us sharing his knowledge and passion and additionally letting us taste a great number of his wines. One interesting thing he showed us was how hail storms in the past two or three vintages have damaged almost fifty percent of his crop, thus leaving his cellars only halfway filled. In relationship to my project, about climate change, it will be interesting to note if this continues or is just bad weather repetitively.
Last highlight of the trip, there are too many to mention, was the vineyard tour with Danielle Hammon, and employee of Becky Wasserman & Co. You would expect the vineyards to look the same as Oregon's vineyards since they are basically growing the same thing but this was not the case. Danielle showed us that Burgundy vineyards are much shorter and lower to the ground. Additionally they are much denser and the vineyards itself cover every square inch of the hillside. Some growers only have a few rows and others quite a few, the effect is a patchwork quilt, since each tends to their vines differently.
It is difficult to pack my suitcase as I would prefer to stay in this village. The connections we have made and the things we have learned are invaluable and help shape the future I am looking for after Linfield. One thing I know for sure is that I plan to return to this region sometime in the near future. Now off to Paris!