Travel Dates: June 23- June 30, 2019
Sébastien Marquet, and Isabelle Truchon, Winemaker, and Certified Specialist of Wine, respectively, and Co-Proprietors of Burgundy Style, and SMIT & Co. LLC, will accompany you on this 7 day excursion. As wine industry professionals, as well as Burgundy natives, we enjoy nothing more than sharing the history, culture, and good wine of our homeland with like-minded people. Be prepared for an adventure like no other!
Sunday, Day 1, June 23rd, 2019-Meeting Day
Our experience begins on Sunday June 23rd. Participants check into Hotel de La Poste after 3PM. After you are comfortably settled in your room, please meet us at the Bar for cocktails at Hotel de la Poste starting at 6PM, followed by our first dinner together at 7:30PM at The Relais Restaurant at Hotel de la Poste.
DAY 2, Monday June 24, Casses Croute at Les Celliers, Beaune
We start our Burgundy Experience in style. Boarding our comfortable Mercedes carrier, we head to Les Celliers. Here you will meet Sébastien's mother, Christiane, and step-father, Jacques. They live in the 11th century village of Alise-Ste-Reine, and the commune chapel is part of their home. They have prepared a typical Burgundy Casse-Croute for us to partake in as we take in all the views and beauty of this historical community, built by monks as a half-way point from the monastery to the vineyards they tended. (It's always about wine in Burgundy!) The afternoon experience is to be determined, but will be great!
- Depart de Beaune a 11:00
- Casse Croute a Sainte Reine (12:00-15:00)
- Beaune Experience TBD
DAY 3, Tuesday June 25, Getting Serious, Cote De Nuits
Getting serious, we head for the Cote de Nuits, home of the most Grand Cru produced in Burgundy. This region is stunningly beautiful, and the wines among the best world wide. In the morning we will be visiting Domaine Rion, and walk through the village of Nuits St. Georges. For lunch, we enjoy an amazing out of this world experience at Chateau Gilly-Les-Citeau. Once well fed, we visit the famous and must see Clos de Vougeot. Our last stop on this most fantastic day is the village of Romanée-Conti, and the world famous vineyard, Romanée-Conti.
- Depart de Beaune a 8:30 to Cote de Nuits Domaine Rion
- Déjeuner Chateau de Gilly-Citeaux
- Clos Vougeot 14:00-15:00
- Vosne-Romanée and the Romanée-Conti Vineyard 16:00-17:00
DAY 4, Wednesday June 26, Learning, Seeing, and Tasting, Beaune
We start off our day with a short walk to the local wine school. Not just any wine school, this is one of the most reputable wine schools globally; Sebastien's Alma Mater. You will meet wonderful Marie-Jeanne who will teach about the Burgundy Climats, and so much more! We conclude our visit with a wonderful wine tasting in the school's wine cave. After a hearty lunch at a Bistro in town, we stop at a local wine bar, and taste more wines, this time with a comprehensive outlook of the Burgundy Region. This will give us an appreciation for the 77,000 acres of vineyards grown in the region.
- Lycee Viticole de Beaune 10:00-12:00
- Beaune Casse Croute midi-13:00
- Bar a Vins 14:00-16:30
DAY 5, Thursday June 27, Understanding The Importance of Wood in Wine, Cote de Beaune, St. Aubin, Volnay
A visit to the Cooperage enlightens us as never before as we discover how barrels are created in this age-old craft. Barrels are the most important tool used by winemakers, with this experience you will understand why. Next we head to our dear friend’s Domaine. He is a Bio-dynamic winemaker, who is famous for his Joie de Vivre, and eccentricity; Dominique Derain. Lastly, in Volnay, we meet another dear friend, Didier Rossignol who will greet us in his cellar as we taste someVolnay.
- Depart Beaune 8:30am
- Saint Aubain Tonnellerie Claude Gillet 10:00
- Domain Derain, midi-15:00
- Domaine Didier Rossignol 16:00-18:00
DAY 6 Friday June 28, Cotes de Nuits
We are visiting a different aspect of Cote de Nuits.... TBD
- Depart Beaune a 8:30
DAY 7, Saturday June 29, Architecture, Food Market, and of Course Wine, Beaune.
Beaune is a hansdome village. There is so much to do and see in this fabulous place. Rich colorful, and perfumed, the Marché de Beaune is a must see on Saturday mornings. You will find over 180 vendors offering fruits, vegetables, saucissons, fois gras, meats, and other French staples. This is a great time to wander off, and look at the beautiful architecture, and floral embellishments about town. Make sure you purchase your favorites to share at our group Cause Croute. We will meet for lunch at 12:30 in the village park to share food and share our experiences. In the afternoon, you are free to venture off to L'Hospice de Beaune, Caves Patriarche, La Moutarde Faillot, or where ever else you'd like to venture off to. The conclusion to our Burgundy Experience takes place at Le Relais Restaurant at Hotel de la Poste, where we will share our memories of a time to remember, and of course drink good wine!
- Le Marche a Beaune 7:00-12:30
- Casse-Croute in the Park or Vineyard, weather permitting 12:30-14:00
June 30, We met the people, drank their wine, and lived the life... now we can take it all in... Good-bye to new friends and old friends. Until we meet again--Vive la Bourgogne!
THE TRIP INCLUDES:
-7 NIGHTS INCLUDING BREAKFASTS AT HOTEL DE LA POSTE, IN THE CAPITAL OF WINE COUNTRY, BEAUNE.
-6 BISTRO LUNCHES, 2 DINNERS FEATURING TRADITIONAL BURGUNDY MENU.
-BUS TRAVEL IN PRIVATE AND SPACIOUS MERCEDES BUS DURING THE DAY.
-ENTRANCE FEES FOR WINERIES, and CHATEAUX.
-ACCESS TO NON-TOURISTIC BURGUNDY ESTABLISHMENTS.
Offering: $3500/Per Person (Double Occupancy) $3850/Single Occupancy