I'd love some recommendations for winery visits in Burgundy, focusing on high-quality wines. We are not looking for "introduction to wine" places, but rather places with very good wines (and preferably interesting facilities or atmosphere) that take visitors by appointment. (For example, when we visited Bordeaux, Lynch-Bages and Pontet-Canet were our favorite visits.) We will have five nights in Beaune in June, with a car. We'd prefer vintners whose wines are available in the U.S., since buying there and taking them home is not really practical for us. However, we would also like to visit one or two smaller wineries, and could buy a bottle to enjoy with a picnic lunch or afternoon cheese break in our hotel's gardens. (We are staying at Les Jardins de Lois, which is equipped for that ).
My husband is knowledgable about French wines and is fluent in French, but I'm the trip planner, and am trying to work out an itinerary and make some appointments.
I've looked at prior posts, and know the typical warnings about tasting and driving, but we're careful and experienced at doing this on our own both in France and Napa/Sonoma, and do not drink enough when tasting to have those problems.Edited: 26 April 2014, 17:25