Burgundy wine break Spring 2020

Springtime Burgundy wine break June 2021

Tuesday 8th - Sunday 13th June 2021

Spring is a magical time in Burgundy. As the temperatures rise, the vines start growing vigorously and the air becomes heavy with the scent of flowers in the hedgerows. With the danger of frost gone, the vigneron(ne)s begin to relax a little and are happy to welcome visitors to taste the wines of past vintages maturing in their cellars.

The best way to get to Burgundy is by Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord, one stop on the RER to Paris Gare de Lyon and, from there, TGV to Dijon Ville. It’s comfortable and environmentally friendly and you’ll be able to enjoy your first tasting on the Côte d’Or mid-afternoon on Day 1 and, if you wish, carry a small quantity of wine back to London with you.

The Eurostar 07h.55 service from St Pancras and the TGV 12h.20 service from Gare de Lyon will get you to Dijon Ville around 14h.00, where the tour will start.

    Outline itinerary

    The proposed itinerary is as follows:

    Day 1 – Tuesday June 8th

    Your tour manager and tour guide will meet you at Dijon Ville Station and escort you to the tour coach.

    We then drive the short distance to Marsannay, the most northerly village of the Côte de Nuits, where we have our first tasting.

    In the late afternoon, we drive south to the picturesque town of Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, and check into our hotel for the five nights of our stay

    In the evening, we meet for a welcome dinner (included) in a restaurant a short distance from the hotel

    Day 2 – Wednesday June 9th

    After a breakfast, our coach takes us south to the village of Chassagne Montrachet for a tasting with a leading producer of Chassagne and Puligny-Montrachet.

    After lunch in Puligny-Montrachet (included), we drive the short distance to the village of Meursault for a tasting with a small family producer.

    We return to Beaune at the end of the afternoon. Your evening is free.

    Day 3 – Thursday June 10th

    In the morning, we visit a small family producer of Hautes-Côtes de Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune.

    We have lunch (included) in Nuits-Saint-Georges

    In the afternoon, we visit a top producer of Gevrey-Chambertin.

    On the journey back to Beaune, we make a stop for a photo opportunity at the Domaine de la Romanée Conti, producers of some of the world’s most expensive wines.  Sadly, the tour budget doesn’t stretch to include a tasting.

    Your evening is free.

    Day 4 – Friday June 11th

    After a leisurely breakfast we walk to one of the great Burgundy négociant houses for a tasting.

    The rest of your day is free to explore the town of Beaune.  Eat in one of the many restaurants, taste wine in the cellars that abound, visit the historic Hospice, shop for souvenirs – there is so much to do and see.

    Day 5 – Saturday June 12th

    After breakfast, we visit a producer on the outskirts of Beaune for a tasting of their fine range of wines.

    We then return to Beaune, where you can have a light lunch before driving south to the village of Saint Aubin for a tasting.

    We return to Beaune in the late afternoon.

    In the evening, we meet for dinner (included) in a nearby restaurant.

    Day 6 – Sunday June 13th

    We check out of our hotel and drive north to Nuits-Saint-Georges for a tour and a tasting at the Imaginarium where négociant house Boisset makes some of the best Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy’s traditional method sparkler, a blend of Pinot Noir and/or Chardonnay.

    Our coach then takes us to Dijon Ville Station, where the tour ends.  You will be there in good time to catch in good time for you to catch the 14h00.TGV service to Paris

    Changes to the itinerary: Please note that, on rare occasions, we may have to make changes to the itinerary.

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    Tour cost

    £1,150 (guide price) per person sharing a twin or double-bedded room

    A supplement of £250 will be payable for single occupancy of a double room, but there are normally plenty of congenial people looking for someone to share with, if you should so wish.

    What’s included

    • Travel throughout by executive coach (excluding from and to UK)
    • 5 nights bed and breakfast in a 4 Star hotel in the center of Beaune
    • 2 dinners and 3 lunches with wine
    • Cellar/vineyard visits and wine tastings at 9 wine producers, which will be a mixture of big names and smaller family concerns
    • The services of Pippa Hayward and Sandy Leckie, both of whom speak fluent French, as wine specialist and tour manager

    Not included

    • Rail travel to and from Dijon
    • Telephone calls and other items of personal expenditure charged to your hotel account.

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