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Stay France | 3 days | Between vineyards and terroirs: a wine epic in Burgundy


Highlights: Burgundy is known beyond its borders for its exceptional beverages from one of the smallest vineyards in the world. Discover its famous wine routes and villages that are part of French heritage such as Vosne-Romanée, Puligny-Montrachet or Nuits-Saint-Georges. Enjoy its best restaurants and meetings with the winemakers of prestigious estates such as Faiveley, Bichot, Drouhin and Leflaive. A fascinating interlude, to the (re)discovery of "Greater Burgundy"

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Modest by the surface, immense by the prestige of its grands crus. Burgundy is known beyond its borders for its exceptional beverages from one of the smallest vineyards in the world.
Discover its famous wine routes and villages that are part of French heritage such as Vosne-Romanée, Puligny-Montrachet or Nuits-Saint-Georges. Enjoy its best restaurants and meetings with the winemakers of prestigious estates such as Faiveley, Bichot, Drouhin and Leflaive. A fascinating interlude, to the (re)discovery of "Greater Burgundy".


Day 1 l Friday 20 October 2023 • DIJON • NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES • DOMAINE


Meet at Gare de Lyon and depart by TGV 1st class to Dijon

07:53 : Departure from Paris Gare de Lyon by TGV.

09:31: Arrival at Dijon station, then departure by coach to Beaune on the Route des Grands Crus.

Our wine journey begins here, on a legendary route that runs for 60 kilometers between Dijon and Santenay. A good excuse to tame the two sub-regions of the Côte d'Or: the mythical Côte de Nuits, kingdom of Pinot Noir, where wines are treasures that have belonged to the heritage for centuries, and the Côte de Beaune where you can identify the specificities of the 1,247 "climates" of Burgundy. A journey through 2,000 years of history in a mosaic of ancestral know-how and terroirs listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2015.

Tasting at Domaine Faiveley.

Located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, the house was founded by Pierre Faiveley in 1825. In seven generations, the estate has been transformed to become one of the largest in Burgundy: 10 hectares of grands crus and nearly 27 hectares of premiers crus, including monopolistic climates such as the gevrey-chambertin Premier cru Clos des Issarts or the Corton Grand Cru Clos des Cortons Faiveley, flagship of the Burgundy vineyard. Discover its wines that reveal the greatest terroirs of Burgundy in a style that combines power, finesse and elegance after a precise aging in oak barrels and a maturity acquired in the vaulted cellars of the nineteenth century of the house.

Lunch at the restaurant.

Visit and tasting of the wines of the house Albert Bichot.

The oenological circuit continues at Albert Bichot, at Clos Frantin, in Nuits-Saint-Georges. You will discover the legacy left by this line attached to the vine and wine since 1831, the year in which Bernard Bichot founded the trading house in his name in Monthelie before settling permanently in 1912 in the center of Beaune.

Today, the house led by Albéric Bichot owns six exceptional estates, representing more than 100 hectares of vines. The Clos Frantin is a beautiful property of the eighteenth century which covers 3.9 hectares of premiers and grands crus, like chambertin, échezeaux, grands-échezeaux, clos de vougeot or richebourg.

Departure to the village of Vosne-Romanée.

To close this first day of excursion, head to the village of Vosne-Romanée, nicknamed the "pearl of the middle of the Burgundian necklace". We will organize a walk to discover some of the great wines of the village, including: Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Saint-Vivant, Romanée, Tâche, Grande-Rue, Richebourg, Échezeaux and Grands-Échezeaux. A great opportunity to stretch your legs and discover a village steeped in history while admiring a beautiful panorama of the hill, which offers a view of the climates, the Clos-Vougeot or the summit of Mont Blanc when the weather is mild.

Departure to Beaune and installation at the hotel Le Cep*****.

Dinner at Le Benaton restaurant (one star in the Michelin Guide).

Overnight at the hotel Le Cep*****.

Between vineyards and terroirs: an epic in Burgundy Milos Kubus



Visit and tasting at Joseph Drouhin's.

This second day in Burgundy will begin with a foray into Joseph Drouhin, a goldsmith house in wines, considered by wine lovers to come from the best finage of Beaune. An illustrious trading house, founded in 1880, and which gradually developed from the cellars of the Dukes of Burgundy and the kings of France to the Moulin de Vaudon, in Chablis.

Today, 80 hectares are exploited in Côte-de-Nuits, Côte-de-Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise and Chablis, making the estate one of the largest in Burgundy. Among its star plots, the Clos des Mouches, in the extreme south of the Beaune appellation, halfway between Corton-Charlemagne and Montrachet, near Pommard. A wine that comes in Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, marked by an incredible finesse both in white with spicy and floral notes and in red, characterized by silky tannins and aromas of bright red fruits.

Lunch and visit of the vineyards with Olivier Leflaive.

Direction Puligny-Montrachet where you can discover the vineyard of Olivier Leflaive. The house is housed in a seventeenth century building in the center of the village and welcomes visitors in an interior garden and a living room bathed in light conducive to tasting.

The lunch will be orchestrated around three wines from the estate which produces many grands crus in the most prestigious appellations such as Bâtard-Montrachet, Chablis, Chevalier-Montrachet, Corton-Charlemagne, Corton Clos du Roi or Montrachet. The digestion will take place in the open air during a visit of the vineyards of the house in the company of Olivier Leflaive.

Return to Beaune. Dinner at the restaurant Loiseau des Vignes. Overnight at the hotel Le Cep *****.


Guided tour of the Hospices de Beaune.

Enter the bowels of one of the most mythical places in Greater Burgundy, home to the largest and oldest charity auction in the world. The history of the Hospices begins in 1443 when Nicolas Rolin, then chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife Guigone de Salins decided, in a context of misery and famine, to found the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune:

"A palace for the pôvres", a true masterpiece of architecture, known worldwide and famous for the brilliance of its courtyard without forgetting the splendor of its roofs with multicolored and glazed tiles. A dive into history awaits you.

Lunch at the restaurant Christian Quenel, located in Flagey-Échezeaux.

Private tour of Clos-Vougeot.

Another monument of Burgundy with this vineyard of one kilometer that descends gently from a hillside to the departmental road that leads from Dijon to Beaune. Here stand the cradle of regional viticulture and one of the most prestigious sites in the world: the Clos-de-vougeot. A grand cru planted in the village of Vougeot which takes its name from the Vouge, a river that crosses the village. Facing east, in other words towards the rising sun, the clos-de-vougeot was born in the twelfth century when the monks of the abbey of Cîteaux built, in the middle of the vineyards, wine farm buildings before the building was completed in the sixteenth century by various dwellings in the purest Renaissance style.

The clos consists of nearly 51 hectares of vines whose king and unique grape variety is Pinot Noir. A nectar from the Côte de Nuits described as "divine" by most wine lovers who have tasted this exceptional beverage, like the wines of Château de la Tour, the only estate to be located within the walls of the clos.

17:15 pm: Departure from Dijon station by TGV towards Paris - Gare de Lyon.

The castle of Sercy Massimo Santi



Located in the historic heart of Beaune, a stone's throw from the Hospices and Notre-Dame Basilica, this establishment is a real institution for all epicureans passing through. Entered in 1996 within the closed club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the hotel, composed of two courtyards classified sixteenth century and cellars, also houses a spa of 350 m2. A break of well-being and youth that continues in an elegant French garden. A haven of peace within this fortified city.

The Clos-Vougeot Adobestock

The price includes

  • Return transport Paris/Dijon by TGV 1st class
  • Taxes and local services
  • Transport and coach transfers
  • Accommodation in a double room in the hotel mentioned
  • Full board from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3
  • Drinks at lunches and dinners
  • Tips: guides/ drivers/ hotels
  • Visits/excursions/entrances, depending on the program
  • Local guides
  • Luggage port
  • A travel diary
  • Health insurance – accident – repatriation – luggage Mutuaide Assistance
  • An accompaniment Figaro

Source: lefigaro

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