In the privileged heart of Gevrey Chambertin, surrounded by vineyards and hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, is a splendid small hotel. The décor is delectable, the artwork is special, and the manageress and the owners (he Welsh, she Polish) look after you with warmth and discretion. There’s tons of history too, with a most impressive ancient wine press and huge cellars for the café-to-be. In short, it’s a wine-lover’s dream. You’ll find a formal salon with choice antique pieces, a sitting room for loungers, a library for readers, a dining room for breakfast (local, organic), two gravelled courtyards elegant with roses, and everywhere the most gorgeous, gilt-framed art. Bedrooms are serene, classical, traditional, one on the ground floor with a centuries-old fireplace and a flagstone floor, four more above, up a lovely dark wood staircase. A further two lie the other side of the courtyard; bathrooms, each luscious, are state-of-the-art. For culture and markets there’s Dijon, 12km; for medieval history and wines, Beaune; for wine and champagne tastings, the cellars just beneath you.
They work with a few small local Gevrey vignerons whose wines they trust, mostly unknown to the average Burgundy lover. All ‘their’ producers (about ten) are fully or approaching organic. “So in relation to Gevrey wines, we work with Domaine Serafin, Domaine des Varoilles, Harmand Geoffroy, Domaine de la Vougeraie, Gerard Seguin, and we intend to expand the number of producers we work with to somewhere in the region of 10 to 15. As for Champagne, we stock the major marques and artisan houses such as Vilmart, Gaston Chiquet, Ayala, Diebolt Vallois, Guy Charlemagne, Cedric Bouchard, so there is plenty to choose from!”