Travel Date: June 25th- July 2nd, 2017
Sunday June 25th-Meeting Day
Our experience begins on Sunday June 25th. Participants check into Hotel de La Poste, or Hotel Belle Epoque after 3PM. After you are comfortably settled in your room, please meet us at the Bar 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 1, Monday June 26, Getting Started, Falvigny, Celliers, Fontenay
We start our Burgundy Experience in style. Boarding our comfortable Mercedes carrier, we head to Flavigny-Sur-Auzerain. A quaint little village offering medieval architecture, history, and relics of that era. We will visit one of the oldest cryptes in Europe dating from 719AD, and a Benedictine Abbaye, now turned into the famous Anis confectionary production facility. Flavigny Vignobles, is just down the hill, and here, we will meet charming Catherine, who with Sébastien, will give us an educational wine experience to increase our wine knowledge, help us navigate the complex Burgundy wine industry, and increase our understanding on the even more complicated wine labels. After tasting and learning about Burgundy wine, we head to Les Cellier. 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!) Our adventure continues at the Abbaye de Fontenay, a Unesco World Heritage site. This is a must see monastery, and one of the most beautifully built and preserved in the world.
- Depart de Beaune a 8:30 pour Village de Flavigny sur Ozerain (10-midi)
- Les Caves de Flavigny (12:30- 14:00)
- Casse Croute a Sainte Reine (14:15-15:30)
- Abbaye de Fonteneay (16:00-18:00)
DAY 2, Tuesday June 27, 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 an elegant Domaine, 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 (Cave non determiné)
- Déjeuner Chateau de Gilly-Citeaux
- Clos Vougeot 14:00-15:00
- Vosne-Romanée and the Romanée-Conti Vineyard 16:00-17:00
DAY 3, Wednesday June 28, 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. Lastly, The Hospice de Beaune awaits us. Here we will tour the historique facility with a guide, and of course, end the visit with a wine tasting of the famous Hospice de Beaune Wines.
- Lycee Viticole de Beaune 10:00-12:00
- Beaune Casse Croute midi-13:00
- Bar a Vins 13:00-14:30
- Hospice de Beaune 15:00-17:00
DAY 4, Thursday June 29, 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 5 Friday June 30, Chablis, The Kimmeridgian Clay of Chablis
Chablis is a place like no other. Though it is the furthest important wine region north within Burgundy, it is truly a sight to see. The chardonnay have a complex balance of crispness, with aromas and flavors that are full and perfectly developed. After our visit to Domaine Laroche, we lunch at a bistro in the heart of Chablis. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to the Grand Crus Vineyards of Chablis, a hilltop site, where the vineyards can be viewed until the eye can see. A perfect observatory perched above the village, its white chalky soil, and its world heritage. Bring your binoculars!
- Depart Beaune a 8:30
- Domaine Laroche 11:00-12:00
- Bistro in Chablis for lunch 12:30-14:00
- Les Vignobles Grands Crus 14:30-16:00
DAY 6, Saturday July 1, 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. We will meet for lunch at 12:30 in the village, after which we head to The Cave Patriarche in the heart of the village. 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
- Lunch 12:30-14:00
- Cave Patriarch
DAY 7, Sunday July 2, 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, OR HOTEL BELLE EPOQUE 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, CHATEAUX, AND MUSEUMS.
-ACCESS TO NON-TOURISTIC BURGUNDY ESTABLISHMENTS.
Offering: $3500/Per Person (Double Occupancy)