St Vincent’s Day: A Burgundy Celebration

Burgundy is a region of tradition, which extends from the vineyards to the villages.  Every January, the villages of Burgundy celebrate St Vincent’s Day.  St Vincent is the patron saint of winemakers, and so naturally, he is highly revered in this part of the country.  The celebration lasts a week, beginning on the weekend before Saint Vincent’s day, 22nd January.  Every village will kick off the celebrations to Saint Vincent with a gathering and lunch, not dissimilar to the Paulée (see: What is a Paulée).

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This year, we attended the Chambolle-Musigny St Vincent Lunch on Monday 22nd January, as a guest of winemaker Gilbert Felettig.  The day began with a celebratory mass, which was held this year in the Church of Chambolle-Musigny, an honour they alternate with the Church of Morey-Saint-Denis nearby.  During the mass, the Saint from Morey-Saint-Denis was carried by the Seysses brothers, who will keep it at their domaine for the coming year.

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Gilbert Felettig with Frederic Mugnier at the Chambolle-Musigny Long Lunch

After the mass, the congregation moved on to Domaine Sigaut, who are hosting the Saint of Chambolle-Musigny for the coming year, where guests were treated to Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Fuées’ 2014 as an aperitif.  The crowd then headed for the community hall in Chambolle-Musigny, for a long lunch prepared by Mathieu Mazoyer and his team from the Chambolle-Musigny restaurant ‘Millesime’.  Revelries here continued until late into the night- much akin to the festive scenes associated with the Paulée, but on a more local level.

Long Lunch Wines

On the weekend of the main St Vincent celebrations, (27th/28th January) also known as the Saint Vincent Tournante a specific village hosts the celebration, changing each year.  This year the host village for Saint Vincent Tournante was Prissé in the appellation of Saint Veran.  The gathering gets its name from the rotating nature of the host village (St Vincent Tournante: Swinging St Vincent).  The idea was to promote all appellations in the area, which consist of; Chânes, Leunes, Saint Verand, Chasselas, Prissé and Davayé.

Crowds strolled around the village and stopped to take part in tasting of the various appellations.  The perfect relaxed roundup to a thoroughly Burgundian week!

 

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– Paul Miller

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