Saint Aubin (5)Saint Aubin (5)
©Saint Aubin (5)
Côte de Beaune4 villages where to find Grands Crus and Premiers Crusaround Santenay

Near Santenay

Head south on the Route des Grands Crus. You’ll arrive in Santenay. This town is surprising. Undeniably a wine town with its Châteaux viticoles (Château Philippe le Hardi, Château de la Crée), it’s also a spa town with the Valvital center. All around are the prestigious appellations of Burgundy wines, and the villages that have given them their names. Let’s get to know them.

1. Puligny-Montrachet

You’ve left Beaune, passed through Pommard then Meursault, continuing on the Route des Grands Crus. You arrive in the village that hosted the Saint-Vincent in 2021: Puligny-Montrachet. Puligny-Montrachet is famous for its wines, and the charm of its narrow streets and heritage buildings will win you over.

Wine tourism in Puligny-Montrachet

The Olivier Leflaive experience goes beyond their restaurant. How about a Wine-Bike with friends?

2. Chassagne-Montrachet

You don’t have to be big to achieve excellence. Chassagne-Montrachet is a tiny village in the Côte de Beaune with just 300 inhabitants. Yet its name is known the world over thanks to its 3 Grands Crus. But it’s more than that.

3. Saint-Aubin

Let’s take a detour towards Nolay to discover Saint-Aubin. If you miss the small street on your right to enter the village, the view of the Château de Saint-Aubin and its Clos just beyond will remind you that this is the place to turn.

4. Dezize-les-Maranges

Drive through Santenay, towards Saône et Loire. You’ll arrive in the Maranges, 3 villages at the foot of the Montagne des Trois Croix. Dezize-lès-Maranges is one of them, with its little streets and its good wine, whose appellation is quite recent but nevertheless sought-after.

5. Paris-l'Hôpital

Finally, we enter the Hautes-Côtes via Paris-l’Hôpital. No Grands Crus or Premiers Crus, at least not yet, but a village intimately linked to Burgundy wines. The sheer number of wineries and estates in such a small village will prove it. And if you prefer hiking to wine, the natural surroundings of Paris-l’Hôpital will delight you.

On the road

to the villages of Burgundy

In search of

the best aromas

After this brief overview, you’ll soon realize that there’s not just one Burgundy, but many. Allow yourself to make discoveries, stroll through unspoilt countryside and be surprised by encounters with winegrowers, cultural gems and fine products to taste. There’s so much more to experience in the Pays Beaunois!