New life in Volnay
As you may have read here a couple of years back, everyone here in Volnay was saddened by the closure of the village bakery in the fall of 2014. Not only did the Volnaysiens have to start going to Pommard or Meursault to get their daily bread, a hub of the community was gone, and my adopted Burgundian village of 265 inhabitants seemed to have a hole in the middle.
Things change very slowly here. The building that housed the bakery dates to the 1600s, and had been a café or bakery pretty much its entire life. It then sat dormant for two years, until Caroline and Nunzio from Chalons-sur-Saone stumbled on it totally by accident one day, saw the For Sale sign above the window, and bought it on the spot.
Just three weeks ago they opened the doors on l'Agastache - a 20-seat jewel-box high end Italian-French restaurant that is an absolutely wonderful addition to not only Volnay, but the Côte d'Or at large. I've just walked the 20 steps from their front door to mine after a tremendous prix-fixe lunch (23 Euros - one of the great deals on the planet) - and this is certainly the biggest thing to hit Volnay since the Dukes' summer castle burned down in the mid 1500s.
Absolutely delicious and hugely exciting addition to Burgundy - check it out when you next visit. I'll be back soon and often!
We've just wrapped a week of filming for our Three Days of Glory documentary feature, and plans are to return and film again in September-October for harvest, and again in November for the Trois Glorieuses celebrations. The footage so far is looking really good - I think we'll have an interesting and compelling film when all is said and done - which we hope to be about 18 months from now. Burgundy is at a crossroads, and facing difficult times - especially this year. It will be fascinating to see how it all unspools over the course of the rest of the year. We'll be here, cameras and tasting glasses in hand. Stay tuned!