As has been my wont these past few years, I record the live coverage off Sky of each stage of the Tour de France, and try to fit in watching the day’s events unfold in the evening, as close to real time as I can, considering all the other demands on my time (wife, kids, job, cooking, laundry etc).
Usually though, life intervenes, and the race can be long done and dusted while I doggedly slog my way through hours of unwatched footage (although I do confess to fast-forwarding through the flat stages, and only slowing to look at the various historic Chateaux that come into helicopter view) until I get to the final stage where the riders clatter along the cobbles past the golden statue of the Maid of Orléans.
Anyway, Stage 7 of the 2017 edition of the TdF started at Troyes and finished at Nuits-Saint-George, and passed by a number of the famous villages and vineyards of the Bourgogne on the way. This I had to see.
I have never seen these places in person (yet), and have only looked at photos, so I was very keen to see the geography unfold. And I wasn’t disappointed – I managed to get a good look at the vineyards and aspect of Gevrey-Chambertin, Clos Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, and the Hill of Corton from the air (and the forest atop it that has been recently controversially sold), and appreciate the limestone cliffs that separate one valley from the next.
Everyday I get to learn a little bit more of the history of wine!