Saturday, October 31, 2009

Canal between Champagne and Burgundy #2 ...

... trench leading to the Balesmes Tunnel
on the side of the Batailles lock ...

... small port - lock Heuilly-Cotton ...

... trench leading to the Balesmes Tunnel
on the side of the Heuilly-Cotton lock ...

... watershed drainage bassins Marne - Saône ...

Tunnel of Balesmes-sur-Marne (4820 m)
... built 1883 ...

project Canal de la Marne à la Saône ...
... built 1880 - 1888 ...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Meilly-sur-Rouvres ...

... you are here / vous êtes ici ...

... the "triple point" monument
at the end of the "Pièce du Pâtis"
- triple watershed: the line between drainage bassins
la Seine - la Loire - le Rhône (via la Saône) ...

... the rock in front symbolises the river Seine,
the two other rocks symbolise the rivers Loire
and Saône ...

Point de partage bourguignon ...
Avec un point de partage des eaux entre
la Manche,l’Atlantique et la Méditerranée
(le fameux "point triple"de Meilly-sur-Rouvres,
la Bourgogne recouvre trois grands bassins
hydrographiques :

* celui de la Seine, au Nord : 13 040 km²
soit 41 % de la superficie de la région,
(la Seine prend sa source en Côte d’Or... !)
* celui de la Loire, au Sud-Ouest :
10 000 km², soit 32 %,
* celui du Rhône, via la Saône, à l’Est :
8 550 km² soit 27 %.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

the Burgundy canal ...

... the small port of Le Pont d'Ouche ...

... under an old apple tree ...

... lock #19 - l'écluse de la Sarrée ...
Le Pont d'Ouche <--- 0k8 [] Pouilly ---> 15k9

... A fun lock house, there is always something
going on here. Gabby, the lock keeper and his wife
have some excellent wines for sale, take your time
and ask him to allow you taste various wines.


Canal of Burgundy ... (EN)
... The construction began in 1775 and was completed
in 1832.
The canal is 242 km (150 mi) long,
with 209 canal locks.

... Lock #11 - La Rèpe
Chateauneuf from the Burgundy Canal ...

Château de Châteauneuf-en-Auxois ... (EN)
... is a 15th century fortress ...
... It is a vast stone building, 75 m. in length and 35 m. broad,
situated on a rocky outcrop 475 m.above the surrounding plains.
It dominates the valley of Canal de Bourgogne ...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Vougeot #1

... the initial vineyard consisted of donations in 1109
to 1115.
The vineyard was complete, and a wall
had been built
around it, by the year 1336 ...

... Château du Clos de Vougeot
(12th century - vineyards and wall
16th century - buildings) ...

... the great cellar (designed to hold
2000 casks of wine) ...

... Confraternity of the Knights of the Tastevin ...

... multiple roof lines ...

... a view inside the vineyard and a portion of the wall ...

The crowning glory of winegrowing Burgundy, the
Château du Clos de Vougeot is ideally situated
between Dijon and Beaune, in the very heart of one
of the most famous vineyards in the world –
the Clos Vougeot.

As early as the 12th century, the monks of nearby
Cîteaux Abbey started to cultivate vines and
needed to raise wine buildings for their vast domain.
The storehouse (cuverie) with its four monumental
wine presses and the great cellar (designed to hold
2000 casks of wine) all date from this period.

In 1551, Dom Loisier, 48th abbot of Cîteaux, decided
to complement these agricultural buildings with
a vast mansion, a veritable château in the vineyards,
complete with kitchen, wine cellars and a magnificent
staircase leading on to exceedingly handsome
Renaissance salons.
Classified as a historical monument in 1949, the
Château du Clos de Vougeot is today the headquarters
of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
(Confraternity of the Knights of the Tastevin).

Clos de Vougeot ... (EN)
... is a wall-enclosed vineyard, a clos,
in the Burgundy wine region ...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Vougeot #2

Vougeot 1er Cru "Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot" Monopole
... This golden triangle, surrounded on all sides by great reds,
first offered its pure, golden sacrament to its
spiritual fathers,
the first monks of Cîteaux, in 1110.
Known as “The White Vineyard”, it is
like a diamond set in the centre of rubies. ...

... Le Domaine de la Vougeraie ... (EN)
... was founded in 1999, uniting under a single signature
the 91 acres of vineyards owned by the Boisset family ...

Quince ... (EN)
... The modern name originated in the 14th century
as a plural of quoyn, via Old French cooin from Latin
cotoneum malum / cydonium malum, ultimately from
Greek κυδώνιον μήλον, kydonion melon "Kydonian apple"...

Domaine François Lamarche - Vosne-Romanée (EN)
... Since 1797, on the prestigious terroirs of Vosne-Romanée
and Vougeot, our vineyards have offered the Estate
their precious fruit. From these terroirs, we produce
fourteen different wines, including la Grande Rue,
a monopole of the Estate, one of the rare grands crus
of Vosne-Romanée

... Domaine Bertagna Vougeot Clos de la Perriere ...
... From a vineyard wedged between the Grand Crus Musigny
and Clos Vougeot, this young, densely colored, fleshy wine
shows floral and truffle notes ...

... wall of Musigny Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
and a portion of the wall Clos de Vougeot ...

... harvest time, early september ...

Musigny Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
.... Today it is the 20th generation of the family
that head the domaine; Claire de Causans and
Marie de Ladoucette, the granddaughters of
the late Comte Georges de Vogüé (1898-1987) ...