The tiny picturesque village of Aloxe-Corton lies midway between the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. It is the only appellation which has Grands Crus in both red and white. Hidden in the village of Aloxe-Corton you find the Domaine Comte Senard.
In 1857, Jules Senard, great-grandfather of the current owner created the original “Corton Clos Des Meix” vineyard. Covering a surface of six acres, the vineyard has been a monopole ever since. A monopole refers to a vineyard under exclusive control of one owner.
On arrival at the estate we were warmly welcomed by Emilie our guide and professional sommelier. We started our visit with a short tour of the vineyards surrounding the estate. Emilie discussed the estate’s history, the Clos des Meix, is one of the Grands Crus on the hill of Corton. Covering some 2.5 hectares in the heart of the property, it provides a superb view of the vineyards of Pernand-Vergelesses and Savigny-les Beaune. Over the years the estate has acquired rare appellations like Corton Charlemagne, Corton Bressandes and Corton Clos du Roi.
Discovered in 1913, hidden under the property’s garden, is the 13th century cellar, built by the Benedictine monks of the Abbey of Sainte-Marguerite, it is one of the oldest cellar’s in Burgundy.
An exceptional cellar, with its several hundred-years-old vaults to visit here was an unforgettable experience.
La Table d’Hôtes / The Tasting Lunch
Following our tour of the vineyards and cellar we enjoyed our private tasting lunch in the tasting room. The tasting room, dining room and shop are found in the Domaine’s former stables. The tasting was accompanied by a regional lunch menu of jambon persille which is a traditional ham and parsley terrine followed by the most amazing boeuf bourguignon with potato dauphinoise. With each course came a different wine to taste with Emilie giving a detailed explanation of each one, followed by a plate of local cheeses. To finish we enjoyed the homemade Pain d’Epices (spice bread), made from a traditional Burgundian recipe.
Having a wine tasting with a meal really enhances the experience and this lovely lunch remains one of the highlights of the entire trip to Burgundy.