Wine Shopping in Beaune, Burgundy
Concierge.com's insider take:
Caves des Cordeliers, located beneath a 13th-century convent, is extravagantly touristy, but it's worth a visit for the slightly kitsch but entertaining experience. It's like a theme park of wine, complete with racks of dusty bottles and old winemaking equipment. Buy an etched wine glass here and you get to taste five wines free of charge. Next door, in the same underground labyrinth of cellars, Marché aux Vins leads guided tastings of 15 Burgundy Crus. Denis Perret, a compact wine shop on the main square, is best for serious connoisseurs—there are hundreds of top Burgundy wines in stock, and the staff specializes in rare wines.—David Downie
Caves des Cordeliers open Fridays through Tuesdays 9:30 am to 7 pm, May through September; 10 to 11:30 am and 2 to 5:30 pm, October through April 1. Closed Christmas Day and three weeks in January.
Marché aux Vins open daily 9 am to 5:30 pm, July and August; 9 to 11:30 am and 2 to 5:30 pm, September through June.
Denis Perret open Mondays through Fridays 9 am to noon and 2 to 7 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm. Also open Sundays 10 am to noon, Easter through late November