The many tiny, family-owned estates of Burgundy can make it a difficult place to visit for wine enthusiasts. Unlike a more welcoming region like Napa Valley, it can be extremely difficult to find your way in Bourgogne. We recently visited La Caves des Peress near Meursault and we highly recommend this unique experience in Burgundy.
Located on a historic estate, this casual pop-up Burgundy restaurant surrounded by vineyards is the perfect spot to taste local wines and enjoy a memorable sunset dinner on the terrace overlooking the most picturesque vineyards. Good wine, good food, and a spectacular view! Le Cave des Peress is mostly a one-man show, with the owner taking orders, serving, cooking, and pouring wine. It’s genuinely like being invited to a friend’s house for the most fabulous barbeque.
Dinner is centered around a giant plancha grill fueled by old barrel staves and gnarly old vines (like three inches in diameter or more). Another good sign of the culinary experience to come.
Pull up a chair, order a bottle (or glass) of wine and something from the grill and enjoy the views over the sprawling vineyards and ancient walls of the winery. It doesn’t get much more special than this! The menu changes frequently, but ask what’s on the grill that day.
We discovered this amazing find from Le Ragnaie, an Italian winemaker who was recently in town. When we arrived, a group of French guests who had thoroughly enjoyed the experience before us suggested trying the duck. We had dinner reservations, so we ordered just the cockles from Brittany and one of our favorite white wines from Domaine Robert Denogent in Macon, but our experience was good enough to make us want to come back.
Just be sure to follow up on your order or go at an off time, because being a one-man show, the owner has a lot of orders to keep up with.