Recently, we’ve been hearing about everyone’s summer travel plans, and it got us thinking about a great trip last year to Beaune, France. Not familiar with Beaune? It is a small town in the Burgundy region of France. Beaune boasts idyllic French countryside views, amazing Chardonnay, and is home to Fallot Mustard! In honor of National Mustard Day on August 5th (yes, that is a real holiday!) We’re sharing our journey to the Mustard mecca.
Beaune is well known for their picturesque and sprawling landscapes, and abundance of world class wine that grow in those fields. When planning this trip, we were eager to explore the wine and delicacies from vendors that we sell in the store. For the past seven years, we have been selling Fallot Mustard. For those unfamiliar with Fallot, they create delicious mustards that combine innovative flavors and tastes by using authentic raw materials of great quality from the best sources. You cannot imagine our joy when were learned that Fallot Mustard‘s factory and land is located in the heart of Beaune! The Fallot family has been creating mustard in the same location since 1840!
Since there is such a demand for wine grown in the town of Beaune, the land is quite valuable. Because of this, much of the French mustard you will find in the supermarket is from the Djonn region of France, a 40 minute drive from Beaune. However, France wanted a way to keep some of the historic moutarderies in business. In 1994 the Burgundy Mustard Association, which was founded by the regional growers and and manufacturers, passed a law that protects Origin Identification so that the land is protected for moutaradies such as Fallot Mustard. Since the land can be conserved, Fallot is able to continue to grow and manufacture mustard on the same land that they have been working on for generations.
Even though Fallot can be found all over the world it is still a small family owned business. We originally met Marc Desarmen (grandson of Edmound Fallot) in San Francisco a few years ago at a dinner hosted by Charles Boussiet. This time, we got to visit him at his factory!
He said that originally the mustard seeds were grown in between grape vines as a cover crop. This worked not only to keeps weeds down but also so it could be turned over in a compost. However, as the mustard market gained momentum, the importance of the mustard crop grew exponentially.
Outside the factory were huge mustard grinding wheels that are now used as planters (how resourceful!) Once we we went into Fallot, we were then greeted by Martine, the tasting room manager. She allowed us to sample oodles ad oodles of mustard varieties (many of which we carry at the the shop!). Afterwords, we went on a tour of the factory to see how the mustard is created. Since the Fallot is a working factory, they did not allow any photos in the processing area of the factory, but check out the photos below for a closer look at Fallot.
People always say don’t meet your heros, when you idolize mustard as much as us, its a must.
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