The époisses is a wonderful cheese of Burgundy. It has an AOC (appelation d'origine contrôlée) since 1991.
It is a small cheese (250 grams) based on cow's crude milk with soft paste, a washed crust, with a fat content of about 50%.
It is matured by rubbing with Marc de Bourgogne. The orange colour of the crust is due to bacteria. Its period of optimal tasting goes from May to November.
If you taste that wonderful cheese you will become an addict like me but don't touch the crust, it stinks!
I read that époisses cheese is not allowed on public transport in France.
I doubt, there are so many "fromages puants - stinking cheeses" in France!
Selling wine seems to be the most important activity in Beaune. Every 50 meters there is a wine shop or better a wine cellar or museum usually rather chic.
It's better to come to Beaune with a thick wallet because Burgundy wines are expensive. If you want to find red wines lower than 20 € you can find a few at the shop of the Nicolas group 20 rue Monge near the Place de la Halle. But be aware that most Burgundy wines are sold in the shops or cellars between 25 and 40 €/bottle what is high in comparison with many other French wines. Of course such wines are not "table wines" you pay for quality and rarity.
Same high prices in the wine bars 5 - 7 €/per glass. White wines are less expensive, you will find the ordinary Bourgogne Aligoté at 3 €/glass. For aperitif you can drink a Crémant de Bourgogne (sparkling wine) at 4 €/flute in most bars.
Visiting the wine shops or cellars is a pleasure in itself, you will receive good advice and nobody is pushing you to buy. Many of these wine shops look in fact like museums. They have always some very expensive bottles on the shelves.
The owner of the Nicolas shop had a bottle of Romanée-St Vivant 2002 at 810 € and a La Tâche 2003 at 1550 € on the shelf just for the show he told me.
From the many good things seen on the market on Saturday morning I bought an assortment of sausages from a shop called "Le Chalet des Sapins".
The guy called Didier you see on the photo was "sympathique" and proposed a fantastic choice.
I took several "saucissons" at home and I'm savouring them each day slice by slice.
It's a pity Beaune is at 600 Km from my home otherwise I would return to refill my stock.
The shop is built into an old cellar with an arched, low stone ceiling which already gives it a lot of character. Definitely worth a look at if you want to treat yourself or your loved ones to some lovely pieces of jewellery!
What to buy: The shop is full of jewellery, some of it quite unusual/unique. The displays tables are colour co-ordinated with matching pieces together, and there's some really lovely stuff.
What to pay: Prices are very reasonable. I got 3 matching earring/necklace sets for about €70 (£50).
A visit to this book shop opposite the Hospices in Beaune is an unforgettable experience, as you can find a huge range of books written about food and wine not only in French but in English, German, Italian and other languages as well.
If you’re just simply curious or a passionate amateur, you’ll find the book, card or poster that you’re looking for as well as numerous wine accessories.
Perfect for gifts too and highly recommended.
They also sell directly from their website.
Useful information: Open 7 days a week from 10.00-19.00.
What to buy: books, posters, wine accessories, wine, other souvenirs related to food and wine.
This is one of the typical stores in Beaune which you should visit, this is the brand of a famous cassis liquor to make the kir famous drink as well as many other liquors of Burgundy and France. its what we serve at home ::)
The store is fully stock and the fabrication is from factory to store direct and you. The Distellerie is there since 1923, and like I said cassis but also, of different fruits, eaux de vie from fruits, marcs and fines de Bourgogne, as well as sirops from fruits. It has three stores to the public here and at Dijon, and Nuits-Saint-Georges. You can, also, visit the factory distellery at Cassissium in Nuits-Saint-Georges.
What to buy: cassis liquors is our favorite for the Kirs.
What to pay: best prices and original product
There are several wine shops in Beaune. This town is traditionally a centre of wine merchants in Burgundy.
What to buy: Wine
A Large shop with a huge variety.
You can get good books, glassware, wine and several other crafts here.
Good and friendly service.
What to buy: Books, glassware
What to pay: Average prices