It was one in the afternoon when we walked into Les Milles et Une Vignes – a neighborhood wine bar on the outskirts of Beaune’s old town. A group of friends was drinking wine and little cups of espresso at a communal table, and a long-legged dog with a deflated half of a rugby ball greeted us at the door.
Everywhere you look, there is wine.
As the friends filed out and back to work, Marine – the owner – started to take down framed pictures off the wall, replacing them one by one with new pictures she pulled from a box. That weekend the whole town was gearing up for the year’s big wine auction, which has been held since the 1850s and is a big event. (In 2010 it brought in more than 5 million Euros, according to a WSJ article online.) Her new pictures were themed around the wine auction celebration.
At the bar, the long-legged dog was shaking paws with whoever would reciprocate.
All of the knickknacks and casual atmosphere were a bit of welcome relief against the picture perfect patisseries and charcuteries and boucheries of the rest of the town.
We had our first taste of one of the 2012 Beaujolais Nouveaus here. Exciting and delicious. It was so fruity it reminded us of bubble gum. Seriously fruity. We didn’t realize that the beaujolais nouveaus are embargoed each year until a certain date – which happened to be one of the days we were in Beaune. So it was fun to drink this french wine in France.
How much did we like this place? We ended up visiting three times. We’d be regulars if we lived a bit closer.
- A Walk to l’Abbaye de Maizieres – Our Hotel in Beaune (seattlefoodshed.wordpress.com)
- Who will drink to Beaujolais Nouveau? (telegraph.co.uk)
- French wine enthusiasts in Japan celebrate by taking bath in Beaujolais Nouveau (japandailypress.com)