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L'Espérance in France is in the town of Beaune in Burgundy, France



The restaurant at L'Espérance showcases some of Marc Meneau's favorite wines

While the town of Beaune is a more obvious choice for a wine country stay in Burgundy, those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience are sure to prefer the lesser traveled Vézelay. Not only is this tranquil, cobblestone village a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it's the hometown of Marc Meneau, whose celebrated cuisine is a highlight at his intimate hotel and restaurant, L'Espérance. A two-hour drive from Paris, this classic manor-style property is simply adorned, with views of the beautifully landscaped estate. Meneau also has his own vineyards, so you can sample his Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs with your meals.

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