Côte Chalonnaise

With Chateaux and Cremant

Visit the delightful fairy tale castle of Chateau de Rochepot, a 19th century fairy tale castle (restored in the style of the 15th century) looking out over the vines and owned by the descendants of the Family Carnot (19th century president of France) until just last year.

Staying on the family theme we drive over to ‘La Folie’ for a wine tasting of the best value for money Burgundy wines. The lively fifth generation wine makers will show us round their Domaine where four generations of the family live, including the up and coming sixth generation who are admittedly, still a little young to taste the wine, let alone make it!

A traditional Burgundy lunch follows in the small village of Volnay, you have free choice of the menu but I highly recommend their signature dish of Coq au Vin and ‘fondant’ potatoes. Alternatively we can visit a domaine in Mercurey for a set lunch and a choice of wines from the winemakers own estate. After lunch we drive up into the hills of the Hautes Cotes for an education into the vines and winemaking history in Burgundy.

The end of the day will be toasted in style with a visit to Veuve Ambal for an initiation into the fabrication of Cremant (Burgundy Champagne) and a Crémant tasting to equal those of Champagne.

Tasting Lunch Options

OPTION 1CC

Domaine in Cote Chalonaise (closed Sundays)

Cooked ham with parsley from Burgundy
Burgundian beef with mashed potatoes
Selection of regional cheeses
Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce

Formule Climats 3 vins - 45€
Mercurey 1er Cru "La Mission" - Monopole 2013
Mercurey 1er Cru "Les Ruelles" - Monopole 2013
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru"Aux Perdrix" 2014

Formule Aromes – 5 vins 55€
Mercurey Blanc 2011
Mercurey "En Pierrelet" 2014
Mercurey 1er Cru "Les Ruelles" - Monopole 2013
Mercurey 1er Cru "Clos du Roi" 2012
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Perdrix" 2014

Formule Millesime 5 vins 65€ (4 people minimum)
Mercurey 1er Cru "La Mission" - Monopole 2013
Mercurey 1er Cru "Les Ruelles" - Monopole 2013
Mercurey 1er Cru "Les Cinq" 2011
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Perdrix" 2014
Echezeaux Grand Cru 2013

Levels

You enjoy wine and want to discover Burgundy but it just seems so complicated, why can’t you just have a Chardonnay or a Pinot?

Wines tasted – regional, village and premier cru

Price:

2 people - 590 euros (295 euros per person)
4 people - 880 euros (220 euros per person)
6 people - 1170 euros (195 euros per person

Availability: This tour is available every day except Sundays or Tuesdays (Rochepot closed)

Summary of what is included:

  • Pick up and drop off from your accommodation in Beaune
  • Transport in a spacious air conditioned people carrier
  • Services of a local bi-lingual guide (mother tongue English)
  • Private guided visit of the Chateau de Rochepot
  • Drive through the vineyards of the Cote de Chalonnaise with an introduction to the terroir and the vines of Burgundy
  • Visit to one wine cellar and one crémant producer in the Cote de Chalonnaise for a commentated wine tasting of regional, village and premier cru wines
  • Documentation on Burgundy wine

Not included: Lunch (approx. 30€ per person), Wine tasting at Lunch (15€ - 35€ depending on selection chosen), Items of a personal nature, Personal and cancellation insurance

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