VIP TRAVEL:Burgundy Tour 2011
2011 Exploring Burgundy
with Ian Blackburn of
April 24th - 30th

Planned Appointments
Benjamin Leroux - Beaune
Camille Giroud and David Croix’s own negoce - Beaune
Domaine Dujac – Morey St Denis
Domaine Carillon - Meursault
Domain Rapet – Pernand Vergelesses
Domaine Chandon de Brialles – Savigny les Beaune
Domaine Roulot – Meursault
Domaine Armand Rousseau – Gevrey Chambertin
Claude Dugas – Gevrey Chambertin
Domaine Hubert Lamy – St Aubin
Domaine Bachelet – Gevrey Chambertin
Domaine Mugnier – Chambolle Musigny
Domaine Briday – Rully
Domaine de Villaine – Bouzeron (part owners of DRC)
Domaine Joblot or Domaine Francois Llumpp – Givry (Cote Chalonnais)
Domaine Bruno Lorenzon – Mercurey (Cote Chalonnais)

Sunday, April 24 – ARRIVAL
Upon your arrival in Beaune, settle in to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore this charming town, with its Medieval Ramparts, cobblestoned streets, and kilometers of cellars under your feet! Dinner together this evening in a gourmet restaurant to welcome you to Beaune!

Monday, April 25 – CYCLING north of Beaune
Your guide will meet you this morning and we’ll spend a few minutes fitting you on your bikes. We are headed out for a beautiful and gentle ride today. Along the way, your guide will stop often on the tiny, un-trafficked roads, pointing out the particularities of the vineyards and villages that you are seeing, and speaking about the wines they make. This will also be a nice refresher course on the unique system of appellations in Burgundy – reinforced of course by a tasting, where you can taste for yourself the differences between a Village appellation a Premier Cru and a Grand Cru! Our ride will take us into the pretty village of Ladoix-Serrigny, at the base of the famous Corton hill, for lunch. After a delicious lunch, we ride a little farther, and are rewarded with a tasting at a small estate, typical of the family-run estates in Burgundy along the way. We’ll be back in Beaune in time for a historic walking tour of the town itself, finishing at the astounding Hospices de Beaune, a Medieval charity hospital, whose history is inextricably linked to the wines of the region.

Tuesday April 26 – THE COTE DE NUITS
After breakfast this morning, we will head out (by minivan or small bus this time) to the northern part of the Cote d’Or vineyards today, into the renowned villages of the Cote de Nuits: Gevrey Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanee... Our day will be filled with three to four tastings, and the backdrop for our tastings are ancient cellars in some of the most charming villages in the region. We’ll see the Clos de Vougeot, the largest Grand Cru plot of land in all of Burgndy, with its 15th century Cistercian fortified winery, and the most famous (and expensive) vineyard of all – the Romanee Conti, with all its “smaller” brothers and sisters. Lunch in a small regional restaurant, loved by the locals will keep our strength up for this day of tasting. At the end of the afternoon we’ll return you to Beaune, in time to relax a bt before your dinner, included again tonight.

Wednesday April 27 – THE COTE DE BEAUNE
Depending on the weather, and how much you enjoyed your biking day on Monday, today will be either in the minivan, or on bikes. The tiny roads through the vineyards and villages south of Beaune lend themselves perfectly to exploring this way. We’re headed through some famous names again: Pommard, with its structured red wines, and Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet – the sources for simply the best Chardonnay wines in the world. We’ll be stopping for two tastings at least today, and for a delicious lunch in the beautiful gourmet restaurant Le Montrachet, in the heart of the vineyard village of Puligny-Montrachet itself. We’ll be sure to stop by the great Grand Cru vineyard of Montrachet itself, shouldered by the other white Grand Crus of Burgundy, Batard-Montrachet, Chevaliers-Montrachet, Bienvenue-Batard-Montrachet, …

Thursday April 28 – THE COTE CHALONNAIS
We’re transporting again this morning by mini-van, and heading just to the south of the Cote de Beaune, into the Cote Chalonnais. This continuation of the Cote d’Or hillside is producing some lesser-known but delicious wines, and some producers here are gaining fabulous reputations. We will have at least two tasting in this wine region, and enjoy discovering these great wines, often at very accessible prices. We’ll also taste the Cremant de Bourgogne, the sparkling white wine made in the same method and with the same grape varieties as its nearby neighbor, Champagne. The Cote Chalonnais, and particularly the village of Rully, are known for producing the best of these. After lunch in the newly opened bistro of the famous Michelin starred restaurant Lameloise, we continue northwards, back into the Cote de Beaune, where we’ll stop for another tasting here. Afterwards, it’s back to Beaune at the end of the afternoon for some relaxation before dinner.

Friday April 29 – GOURMET DAY
This morning we veer our concentration away from the wines of the region and pay some attention to the food. Michelin-starred chef Laurant Peugeot will be spending a good part of the morning with us in the kitchens of his restaurant. We’ll prepare together a dish which will later be part of our meal for lunch. After some hard work in the kitchen, we’ll retire to the elegant bar for some local wines (we’re in the wine village of Pernand-Vergelesses, between Savigny-les-Beaune and Aloxe-Corton), while Laurent finishes preparing our lunch, which we’ll enjoy at a special table in the kitchens, watching the activity of the team while they work for their lunch hour. After lunch, we head up into the Hautes Cotes, the hills above the vineyards, and visit an artisanal cassis (black current) producer. After a visit of their workshop, we’ll of course have a tasting of their many delicious products, made from the black currents, and also from raspberry, strawberry, and blackberries. We’ll be back in Beaune in time to relax before our final dinner together – celebrating a great week in Burgundy!

Saturday April 30 – DEPARTURE
After a final breakfast, our tour is over; if you don’t need to return to Paris too early today, be sure to take the time to see the fabulous Saturday morning farmer’s market in the centre of Beaune! Bon Voyage!

*all appointments, tours and tastings listed
*driver and transportation
*all hotel nights
*all breakfasts
*Five Lunches
*Three Dinners
*Michelin Star cooking experience
*Bicycle Tour (weather permitting)
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