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Burgundy seen through our historical sites
Journey through Burgundy's past from the Gallo-Roman era to the present day, including the Middle Ages
An exciting adventure!
Beaune, a fortified city
Beaune and its two town walls
A castrum built by the Romans in the late antiquity and ramparts whose construction began in the 13th century
Beyond the vineyards, the chance of heritage acquisitions combines the "small" history of Maison Drouhin with the “grand” history of Burgundy. It is first in an underground place that a first page is written, in the cellars of the historic Maison in Beaune, where the walls take us back fifteen centuries with the foundations of a Roman castrum. It bears witness to the importance of this ancient city through the remains of its enclosing walls.
Church, Collegiate Church & Canons
The significance of the Monks in the history of Burgundy
In the silence of the deep cellars where wines mature and improve, marked by a chalk notation indicating the vintage, one can also read the traces of the very first church in Beaune
This oratory housed the relics of Saint Baudèle, a bishop martyred by the Saracens in the 3rd century, before the construction of the Notre-Dame Collegiate Church in this location. Thus, Maison Joseph Drouhin is neighbour of the church and its college of canons. These canons cultivated many vineyards and were considered experts in their time. They already regarded the Clos des Mouches as the benchmark of Burgundy wines! Their cellars and “winery” were acquired and restored by Robert Drouhin in the early 1960s.
Canons, Dukes, Kings...
The Drouhin protect this unique heritage
"A duty with an eye towards the future"
The buildings acquired by Joseph Drouhin include Maison du Diénat, which, among historians' hypotheses, was the residence of the dean of the Collegiate Chapter. This place still bears witness today to its vaulted cellars, its arched roof, its staircase with remnants of the tour d’Enfer, from the grand era of the Toison d’Or (Order of the Golden Fleece).
Above a portion of Maison Joseph Drouhin's cellars stands the Parliament of Burgundy, where justice was done. The Dukes themselves, from Philip Le Hardi to Charles Le Téméraire, presided over sessions there. Under Louis XI, the building became the residence of the King. One of Maison Joseph Drouhin's cellars served as cellars for the Kings of France. Conscious of the gifts received from a very long history, Philippe, Véronique, Laurent, and Frédéric protect this unique heritage, "a duty with an eye towards the future."