Halfway between Dijon and Beaune is the village of Fixin; not the greatest of the wine villages in the Côte d’Or by any means, although there are some good wineries in the vicinity, and driving past the vineyards, with ripe fruit in summer or gorgeous gold-hued leaves in autumn, can't help but lift the heart – as, in any season, will stopping at Au Clos Napoléon. This is a place for a glass of wine as good as your budget will permit, although the reasonable options are impressive too. Eat in the restaurant or, better, hitch yourself on a stool in the shop/bar, nibble on a gougère (the traditional Burgundian cheese puff), order a glass and ask for a menu of traditional Burgundian delicacies (ham terrine with parsley, frogs' legs, foie gras terrine) – although you may find your eyes sliding sideways to the bottles stacked high, all ready to take home. Booking advisable.
Au Clos NapoléonWonderful bar, restaurant and wine shop in a tiny village in the middle of Burgundy's vines
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