Category Archives: Wine cruise

This summer we welcomed Mark Newton and his family back to the Barge Après Tout for another week cruising the canals of Burgundy. He has very kindly created this video for us, showing Caroline creating this delicious recipe using the incredible Dijon mushrooms that are available at this time of year.

Watch it here!

Posted on: 11 Oct 2018
Posted by: BonnerMcHardy Admin

So the harvest came and went; and at last an easy vintage has been produced in Burgundy. We managed to completely avoid the dreaded hailstones this year, and the only part affected by hail was a fairly small portion of the Chablis vineyards.

The good weather conditions; sunshine and a nice breeze meant that the berries were disease free. The berries had nice thick skins, and the welcome couple of days of good rain in early September allowed the berries to swell to provide a good amount of juice.

The exceptionally hot conditions (and almost total lack of rainfall) in the Beaujolais means that yields will be very low this year in that area, but the sweet, concentrated juice in the gamay berries will produce probably the best Beaujolais Nouveau ever this year! However, there will be a lot less of it than usual, so be prepared to get in early on the 3rd Thursday in November to grab a bottle or two!

For those who have never been to Burgundy at this time of year; it’s time that you did! The vineyards have taken on the beautiful crimson and golden hues of autumn, and it’s a perfect time for walking or cycling in the warmth of these early autumn days. Both the wine country, and the tree lined canals are stunning, so book your vacations for 2017 and then you will be in time to start tasting, and buying some of this fabulous 2015 vintage….

Miss Pinot Noir

Posted on: 07 Oct 2015
Posted by: Rory & Caroline Mcrae

As the summer officially begins, France celebrates with musical concerts all over the country. Burgundy is no exception, hosting at the moment the festival of “Musique et vin” in the Chateau of Clos de Vougeot. Between the 20th and 28th of June, a series of musical concerts featuring internationally renowned classical musicians, is held in the Chateau of Clos de Vougeot or Chateau of Meursault. Preceding each of these concerts is a wine tasting, where the wines from different producers are put to the fore. Somehow, notes of elegance are to be found to please the ear, and the palate.

Summer is also the time for fans of vintage cars to take to the roads and grace the highways and vineyards of Burgundy with these beauties of a former age. Foregoing the comfort of modern day air conditioning, these intrepid aficionados are to be seen, often dressed in vintage clothes and motoring hats, winding their way through the beautiful Burgundy countryside. Being in this prestigious wine producing area, often these history loving motorists finish their day with a stop at some wine producer to partake in a glass or two of Burgundy gold. Indeed, recently 100 of such enthusiasts visited the prestigious cellars of Maison Joseph Drouhin in the centre of historical Beaune as a fitting way to finish their day.

With the whole of summer to continue growing, the vines are active and healthy. They are happy, as are we all, with these fine sunny days, and let’s hope a lush and healthy season for both man and grape alike….


Miss Pinot Noir

Posted on: 25 Jun 2015
Posted by: Rory & Caroline Mcrae
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