Introduction: ‘Burgundy is life’

On the day our rabbit went on hunger strike due to attention deficit, we realized that our current life was no longer correct. After the liquid feeding of a dazed rabbit one of us had to prepare lunch for the children at 11 o’clock in the evening, while the other had to prepare a meal for dinner so that our daughters could  at least get a good meal  on a proper time at the day-care the next day. And all of this so that we parents could work long enough to manage stress and mortgages.

Can it be different?
Years ago we sighed to each other ‘let’s start a camping’, it always ended up different, but in the end our rabbit dropped the penny. We become unhappy with living in the Netherlands with a hungry mortgage, a grumpy car in traffic jams, a tightly shaved stamp-garden and a monthly safe, fixed balance on the bank. Give us adventure and a little bit of insecurity, that awakens our creativity.

Coming home
To make it short: we went to Burgundy. A region where we have been coming for years. At first because that name already predicts the good of life, but before you know, you have sold your heart to that region. You come there for the first time with a dribbling toddler, then with the second in the belly and a few years later with the complete family. Every time there was that feeling, here we feel at home, here we do not want to leave. That is now a thing of the past: we have gone to stay.

Snuffie has unfortunately not been able to experience it anymore. After his first wake up, he has accompanied us for a few more years in the Netherlands, but in the meantime he hopped happily through the eternal lawns and we keep reminding our inspirator forever.

We look forward to welcoming you at L’Estefana. See you soon!

The wine

The Romans brought the vine to Burgundy, but monks really started to cultivate the wine: not only for the mass, but even more for their guests who they wanted to offer the very best. The monks selected the grape varieties and improved the wine techniques further and further. Wine gradually became a political instrument. Philip the Bold (1342-1404) always brought wine with him and stimulated the cultivation of quality grapes, in fact the forerunner of the appellation d’origine contrôlée. Burgundy now has 100 appellations and nowhere else is the wine so permeated in the lives of the people. Burgundians can tell about it so vividly: the soil, the slope, the location, the sun hours, the wind …. wine belongs to their life.

The cheese

With 27 different Burgundian cheeses you can put a varied cheese board on the table. Take, for example, an Epoissess: full-bodied, creamy cheese based on full cow’s milk with an orange crust. The cheese is washed with marc de Bourgogne (eau de vie of fermented remnants of squeezed grapes including stalks and kernels) and must then ripen for at least a month on rye straw. Louis the 14th (the Sun King of Versailles) liked this cheese very much. Then there are the convent chambers cheeses such as Cîteaux, La Pierre-qui-vire and Nuits-st-georges. These spicy soft cheeses are still made in the monasteries today and taste at best with a glass of wine. Finally, we must not forget the goat’s cheeses. The Crottin de Chavignol de Loire is the best known. These small, spicy, round cheeses are made from raw milk. If you prefer a milder goat cheese, try the pâtes molles du Charolais.

The charolais cows

The pride of every butcher is a good piece of charolais: through the thin red meat, white, narrow strips of fat that make the meat so tender when roasting. The name of the breed comes from the place Charolles, but the most important cattle market for this breed is located in St-Christophe-en-Brionnais. Every Wednesday morning, farmers from far and wide come to (re) buy cattle: at peak times, 4,000 livestocks in the market halls are waiting for a new owner. In the adjacent cafes it can then go violently. Favorably toned black or dark blue dressed cattle dealers give one round after another. In the kitchen, the bouilla, a stew of beef, potatoes and carrots evaporates to conclude a successful market day with a hearty meal.

The Romanesque architecture

Long before the dukes wrote history in the 14th and 15th century, there were two monastic orders that dominated Christianity in Western Europe: the Cluniac order  and the Cistercian order. The monks turned out to be valuable architects and architects, so that from the year 1,000 we can speak of a Burgundian Romanesque style. Thus, in South Burgundy, Romanesque architecture abounds. Cluny, Paray-le-Monial, Charlieu: all of them masterpieces of Romanesque architecture.

The limestone and roof tiles

The original building material in southern Burgundy is limestone that was extracted in Comblanchien. This stone has a warm, yellow-beige color with sometimes ‘rust points’ in it and emerged 165 million years ago, from remains of invertebrates and other micro-organisms. Another typical building material are the high-gloss, glazed roof tiles in shades of brown, yellow, red and black that appear to be scattered over the roofs in geometric patterns. In the 13th century, these roofs first appeared on religious buildings, in the 14th century on princely residences and in the 15th century these roofs became fashionable as status symbols for the rich bourgeoisie.

Did you know…

… the area of ​​Burgundy is 47,784 km² (slightly larger than NL).
… Burgundy counted 2.8 million inhabitants (60 inhabitants / km²) in January 2014.
… the Chocolat film is recorded in the Burgundian village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.
… in the 19th century 90% of the firewood in Paris was taken from the Morvan by boat.
… the Morvan now mainly supplies Christmas trees: about 1 million annually.
… mustard was originally used to mask the bad taste of some dishes.
… Burgundy produced 185 million bottles of wine in 2014, 50% of which was exported.
… François Mitterand started his political career as mayor of the Burgundian village of Chateau-Chinon.
… in the Burgundian La Bouyale you can find the largest Buddhist temple (Dashang Kagyu Ling) in Europe.
… in October 2017, 20555 people in the whole of France will wear the surname Bourgogne.
… that Martin is the most common surname in Burgundy.
… you can take the following as an EU citizen: 10 liters of liquor, 90 liters of wine and 110 liters of beer.