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Of course there are many more people who live with and from wine in Burgundy than the two I met. Of course there are many more good wines in Burgundy than this one bottle that I met rather by chance. And there are certainly - I don't deny this - more famous wines, more famous people, better-sounding names and probably even better winemakers.

Morey Saint Denis - a small commune in the heart of Burgundy - with a vineyard area of around 280 hectares


I know all this. If I didn't know it, I would be reminded of it again and again. Even now, at this moment, on the 200 or so pages in the new "Grand guide des vins de France" by Bettane and Dessauve, a "ham" well over 1,000 pages thick that is lying next to my computer right now. It tells me in words and numbers, with notes and comments, which are the best wines and winemakers and what I should think of Burgundy. Nevertheless, it is not the many meticulously compiled facts and judgements that bring me closer to Burgundy. Rather, it is two people and a wine, perhaps even coincidences, that pique my interest, that make me familiar with the wine region.

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