Last year, or maybe the year before, at or about this time, we had two guests from Geneva staying for the weekend at Les Deux Chevres. It was a Saturday, and Madame, having encountered heavy traffic on the A6 heading north from Macon, pulled into the courtyard in the early afternoon. Monsieur pulled into the courtyard about 2 hours later on his bike, delayed due to the need to change a tyre en route. He had cycled the 200km or so from Geneve over the Jura mountains in the far distance. He was a very fit 56. I am not entirely sure why I am telling this story, apart the fact the photo takes in a large part of his route, and I am still in awe of the achievement.
The yellow patch, just the other side of the Route Nationale, with its early morning traffic, is Rape or Colza, just starting to flower. Soon it will be a sea of yellow, surrounded by the vibrant greens of the vines in Spring. Years ago it would have been mustard, but that is now grown mainly in Canada, even when it is called Dijon mustard. Only if it has 'Moutarde de Bourgogne' on the label, do you know that the seeds are from the few plants which are now grown in Burgundy.
The vineyard at the bottom of the image is Ruchottes Chambertin, and then immediately above on the other side of the path, Mazis Chambertin, both Grand Cru. These are the first of the Grand Cru vineyards heading south from Dijon. Two excellent producers in Mazis are our friends at Marchand Tawse and Harmand Geoffroy in Gevrey. The small road that can just about be detected passing over and through the top of the bushes, is the world famous Route des Grands Crus.