From Hotel Le Richebourg, it takes less than half an hour to get to the legendary town of Beaune. Once intimately tied to the Dukes of Burgundy and then capital of Burgundian wine, Beaune is also an enchanting tourist attraction due to its heritage’s splendour. The town’s most emblematic monument is without a doubt the Hôtel-Dieu, better known as the Hospices de Beaune. Built in a flamboyant Gothic style during the 15th century, you’ll be dazzled by the Hospices’ remarkable architecture, grandiose courtyard and candy-coloured rooftops. During your visit, you’ll be able to appreciate the chapel of the great Salle des Pôvres, Flemish master Rogier van der Weyden’s mighty Beaune Altarpiece and its traditional apothecary.
Walking through the streets of Beaune, you can admire the 14th-century Hôtel des ducs de Bourgogne (former residency of the Burgundian dukes), the wonderful clock tower with its 5 floors and the famed historical townhouse Maison du Colombier. Across from this townhouse, you can go and visit the Basilica Notre-Dame, built in the second half of the 12th century and one of the last great Romanesque churches in Burgundy. You can also tour the old city walls. From there, discover the “mountain”, Beaune’s vineyards possessing 42 world-class “climats classés”, specialist Burgundian vineyards. Outside the town gates, you can also taste some of the prestigious varieties right in the heart of vineyard estates, including Beaune, côte de Beaune, Bourgogne aligoté and Crémant de Bourgogne.
Right in the Côte de Nuits, Vougeot is known for its celebrated vineyard estate of Le Clos de Vougeot,
whose castle hosts the esteemed connoisseurs of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.