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Puligny-Montrachet: Domaine des Anges

www.domainedesangespuligny.com

Reviewed by: likelivingthere from PA, review #3142

When: September 2009, 2010

We found charm, hospitality and comfort at this former wine domaine in a wonderful, authentic village.

Domaine des Anges. Our room was in the building on the right., photo by Charlotte Bartizek

We found this charming chambre d'hote in an odd way. After reserving places at the 15-wine tasting dinner at another establishment in the village, we realized we'd rather not drive home later. Some research turned up Domaine des Anges, which had opened only in June 2009.

The property has been restored and updated by a delightful ex-pat British couple who are gracious, entertaining hosts. The first time here, we stayed in one of three rooms in the main house. It was beautifully furnished, with a king bed, top-shelf linens and a wonderful en suite bathroom. A window overlooked a square filled with chestnut trees.

The next year we stayed in a newly renovated suite in an outbuilding, just across the drive from the main house. This was larger in every way, with a dining table and spacious, fully tiled bathroom. It was equally comfortable and quiet as being in the main house.

Domaine des Anges holds the coveted Chambres de Charmes designation, given to superior accommodations. We paid only 75 euros per night the first visit; the larger suite a year later was E125, and both were well worth the price.

The included breakfasts are complete and delightful, with a choice of soft-boiled eggs, pastries and breads, cereals and the owners' homemade jams and chutneys. The available dinner is 35 euros plus wine, and well worth the price. It is served only on certain nights and when a minimum number of guests place orders.

There is tea time each afternoon, with a champagne cocktail offered later. The owners love cheeses, so if you bring an offering they may let you sample some of their own.

Puligny-Montrachet is a renowned wine village and the local caveau is about a block away. Small domaines are found throughout the towns. There's a basic cafe and a couple of higher-end dining options. It's only about 12 kilometers to Beaune, the center of the Burgundy wine trade. Many restaurants here and a large Saturday morning market.

Other wine villages, a 12th century chateau and some well-known wine sellers are within 30 minutes or less by car.

Staying here two nights each visit, we had a full day to roam around, but still feel there's lots to do and see. So we plan to return next spring.

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