Burgundian vineyards are home to numerous concerts, festivals or other musical
events whether jazz, classical or light music. Le Montrachet is the ideal
starting point for any of these events where more often than not wine and music
go hand in hand. Here are a few ideas.
Music at Clos de Vougeot (21)
in 2008, this festival is now a calendar event for music-lovers. The most
prestigious performers, for example soloists from the New York Metropolitan
Opera, find the venerable and emblematic Château du Clos Vougeot to be an
exceptional venue. Each performance is preceded by a wine tasting. The festival
takes place at the end of June.
Les Musicaves at Givry (71)
famous festival celebrates the marriage between music (whether it be world,
classical or rock) and Givry wines. The concerts are accompanied by wine
tastings and constitute one of the most extraordinary and delicious happenings
in the heart of Burgundy. They take place in wineries or in the Poncey church
at the end of June.
Grandes Heures de Cluny (71)
June to August, the Festival des Grandes
Heures de Cluny is home to numerous classical concerts as well as
contemporary music concerts. They take place in different parts of the famous
Cluny Abbey. The sponsors of this event, winegrowers from the region and the committee
of the Interprofessionnel des Vins de
Bourgogne, select crus for the
audience to taste after each concert.
festival has held its place in the Burgundian music scene for nearly thirty
years and some great jazz players have played here. The sites of Château de
Marguerite de Bourgogne or the Saint-Martin Priory are extraordinary settings
in which to enjoy the programme. Of course, the local wines also have their
part to play. It takes place at the beginning of July.
de Bach à Bacchus(21)
internationally renowned pianist, Yves Henry, founded the Festival de Bach à Bacchus in 1986 with the help of a handful of
winegrowers. Some of the greatest classical performers have played in the
concerts. They take place in prestigious venues such as the Château de
Meursault. Guided visits of Meursault and its vineyard as well as wine tastings
are on offer. It takes place at the end of July.
of Music at Chambertin (21)
September to 5 October
end of September to the beginning of October, Music au Chambertin organises three weekends uniting wine and
music. A blend of genres and cultures: classical music, jazz and French music
along with wine tastings after the concerts, gourmet intervals and wine
festival unites jazz and the great wines of Burgundy. Concerts and wine
tastings are on the programme for two weekends, one in September, the other in
October. It puts a little ‘swing' in the air at a time when Burgundy is
normally in the middle of its wine harvest.