An ancient product
As far back as Ancient Times, the Chinese, the Greek and the Romans would grow mustard seeds and transform them into a smooth and aromatic paste. Burgundy was on the Spice Route and was also a great winemaking region, making it the ideal location for mustard production! Mustard trade was also boosted by the powerful Duchy of Burgundy, responsible for exporting the condiment to France's Royal court.
Here's an anecdote to tell your friends around the dinner table:
It is believed that the name mustard, "moutarde" in French, comes from the Dukes of Burgundy's motto, "Moult me tarde", meaning "many await me".
Over time, this condiment was developed as the first mustard factories were officially recognised, and new regulations and techniques came to light. After the Second World War however, mustard seed crops were no longer profitable for local farmers. Many of them turned their efforts to other crops, but some manufacturers decided to continue and it is thanks to them that mustard production survived here!
Since 2009, Burgundy Mustard has been certified by the Protected Geographical Indication for "Moutarde de Bourgogne" thanks to the Association Moutarde de Bourgogne, comprised of local producers and manufacturers.
It is made from mustard paste, from seeds that are grown in a specific geographical area: Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, Nièvre and Yonne. This paste is then diluted with water, Bourgogne AOC white wine, salt, sugar and spices.
The Moutarderie Fallot
It is possible to visit Fallot Mustard Factory in Beaune in a family home dating from 1840.
It is thanks to the Fallot company that this product was certified with the PGI "Moutarde de Bourgogne", showcasing the local area. This company is recognised by the Living Heritage Company label, which is awarded to highlight excellence in French expertise.
Take a tour
The "Discovery" and "Intense Emotions" visitor tours and the "Enjoy Fallot" tasting workshop are all a treat for the senses! A fun and interactive tour to learn about the history of mustard and a tour of the production site featuring all the manufacturing steps, including the artisanal method of grinding the seeds using a millstone.
End this interesting tour by tasting the mouth-watering range of mustard varieties on offer here! And if you don't have the opportunity to go to Beaune, there is also a Fallot shop in Dijon town centre (opposite the Owl!)Find out more
Maille: a historic enterprise
Maison Maille produced their very first mustard in 1747, when the company was run by Antoine-Claude Maille. The Maison Maille shop in Dijon has been welcoming customers since 1845. You can't miss it on Rue de la Liberté as you are exploring the town centre, so don't hesitate to venture inside and take a jar of truffle mustard home as a souvenir of your stay in Dijon.