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A HORIZON TRACED IN VINES
This is a land of water, of abbeys and vineyards. Perhaps the best-known wine country in the world, Burgundy could also be portrayed by its waterways. The waters of the Nivernais Canal, once the supply line to Paris for wine from the Arrière Côte and wood from the Morvan forests. The waters of the Burgundy Canal, flowing in Joigny past the vineyards that produce the Côte Saint Jacques “gray” wines. And the waters of the Saône and Bresse valleys, punctuated by ponds all the way to the romantic cliffs of the Jura, whose terrain stretches out in a series of plateaus. At their feet lie saltworks heated by wood from the vast forests of the plain.
Vézelay overlooks the foothills of the Morvan, a unique enclave in the heart of the region, a highland of rugged, dark beauty blanketed with forests and pitted with lakes. All around are Burgundy’s famous rolling valleys full of farms, pastures marked out by hedgerows, small stands of trees and, of course, vines. Only those who have tasted a Puligny-Montrachet or a Gevrey- Chambertin in the cool damp of a cellar at one of these renowned vineyards can truly understand the richness and diversity of the terroir. Planted with pinot noir for reds or chardonnay for whites, each plot of land expresses its own character.