From the Charolais to the Brionnais

Welcome to a beefeaters’ and meatlovers’ paradise in France

As you leave Montceau and head to the south-west following the Canal du Centre, you enter the famous Charolais area and its lush countryside.

What is Charolais all about ?

The Charolais is a French historical region of Southern Burgundy named after the small town of Charolles. Expanding over the surrounding countryside, the area includes the towns of Paray-le-Monial, Digoin, Gueugnon and Bourbon-Lancy. With the neighbouring Brionnais (around the towns of La Clayette and Marcigny), the area of Charolais-Brionnais spreads over the south-west of the Saône-et-Loire department.

Reputed for its expansive pastures and grasslands, the Charolais prides itself on its distinct cattle herds. The Charolaise is the aptly named local cattle breed that hails from the region since ancient times. A pure Charolaise cow is recognisable by a spotless, a uniformly white or cream coat and inward-curving horns. Local producers have specialised in breeding Charolais beef here, reared in a totally free range and stress-free environment, feeding on grass and hay. A succulent meat full of flavour to sample and delight your taste buds.

Is your mouth watering yet? How about sampling an exquisite Charolais beefsteak?

The Charolais-Brionnais area is also known for its historical heritage and distinct architecture. Many châteaux and churches are open to the public and welcome visitors. It is common in most villages and hamlets to find a roman church in the centre. History lovers will be delighted to see these stone-built gems. The Châteaux de Drée, or the Châteaux de Digoine, the priory of Anzy-le-Duc are only a few examples of the stunning heritage waiting to be explored. Charolles and Marcigny are picturesque villages displaying interesting heritage to discover. The village of Paray-le-Monial, with its ancient centre and roman basilica has become since the 19th century a thriving pilgrimage site.

During your stay in Le Creusot-Montceau, take time to wander around the beautiful countryside of Charolais-Brionnais and get a taste of our local meat specialities!

You simply won’t be able to resist.