Organised Wine Weeks at La Maison du Chateau

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Our aim is a really special holiday based on the delights of La Maison du Château and giving a unique opportunity to visit and savour the wines of the best growers in Burgundy.  We shall visit both the great Houses and young and up and coming growers, known to our wine expert, who offer superb wines and outstanding value.  Our wine expert will be Chris Davy, Managing Director of O.W. Loeb and Company Limited, and one of Britain’s top experts on the wines of Burgundy.

 

Programme

Day 1      Guests arrive. Tea.  Champagne.  Dinner.

 

Day 2      General settling in.  Lunch at La Maison du Château.  Visits to one of the beautiful local Abbayes or Chateaux – eg Fontenay or Tanlay (optional).  Late afternoon introductory tasting/lecture: the white wines of Burgundy.  Dinner.

 

Day 3      Visit to Chablis.  Morning visit to the grand cru vineyards, with a superb view over Chablis; then a tasting at a small family domaine, very simple people but producing outstanding wines.  Followed by a visit to, and lunch with, William Fevre, one of the great names of Chablis.  Thereafter optional visit to the beautiful Cistercian abbey at Pontigny if time allows.

               Drinks and Dinner at La Maison du Château with an introductory talk and preliminary tasting of the wines of the Côte de Nuits.

 

Day 4      Visit to the Côte de Nuits.  Visit to and tasting at to the fabulous cellars and chateau of the Domaine des Lambrays in Morey St Denis.  Lunch in their private dining room with an open fire. 

               The day will also include a visit to another cellar by a smaller but top class local grower beforehand and afterwards a visit to a local barrel maker – fascinating and very important for the development of the wine.  Drinks and dinner at La Maison du Château.

 

Day 5      Visit to Beaune.  Lunch at Drouhin or one of the other great houses.  Before or after lunch also a visit to a smaller but top class local grower.  There should also be time to visit the Hospice de Beaune and the centre of this charming town.  Drinks and dinner at La Maison du Château.

 

Day 6      Visit to Vezelay and its world-renowned Basilica.  Tasting at Marc Meneau’s Michelin [3 star  check] restaurant L’Esperance.  Lunch at L’Esperance (optional) or at La Maison du Château.  Drinks and dinner at La Maison du Château with introductory tasting of the wines of North Burgundy.

 

Day 7      Morning free.  Lunch at La Maison du Château.  Optional afternoon visit to vineyards and cellars at St. Bris-le-Vineux and Irancy.  These are outstanding local growers whose wines are hardly known outside France, and are brilliant value.  Drinks and dinner at La Maison du Château with résumé by our wine tutor.

 

Day 8      Departure after breakfast.