Bountiful Burgundy, an 8-Day Exploration for 3 Couples

Often sought after, trips to Burgundy are an absolute delight! Steep your soul in historic villages, classic wines, and traditional cuisines. This 8-day trip for three couples is chock full of appointments and activities that will quench your thirst for Burgundy!

Here is how the trip will unfold…

 

Day 1: Welcome to Burgundy and Beaune!

Arrive in the lovely town of Beaune, a walled town at the center of the Burgundy winemaking region in France. Surrounded by the Côte d’Or vineyards, the cobbled town is renowned for an annual wine auction held at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune). Being no stranger to wine auctions, you’ll fit right in!

Check into your first accommodations at the elegant Maison 1896, just steps away from the Hospices de Beaune, dozens of tasting venues, ancient ramparts, and the exquisite architecture of Beaune. Mirabel Hotel & Restaurant Group has lovingly restored the historic 1896 building to house a luxury 16-room boutique hotel and restaurant located in the ancient village’s historic center.

 

Your appointment is with Maison Champy for a private VIP experience. This wine boutique invites you on an unusual exploration of the exceptional heritage of the oldest winemaker in Burgundy. Discover three centuries of history, retracing the milestones of Maison Champy’s construction, development, and innovation, as well as the winemaking and artisanal know-how that is at the forefront of its everyday activity. Enjoy a cellar visit with barrel tasting, followed by a tasting of five wines including four Grands Crus. A great start to your wine-soaked festivities, and the rest of the day is free for exploring.

 

Day 2: Côte de Beaune

After breakfast, head out with your driver to Maison Joseph Drouhin in the city center of Beaune, with its medieval cellars from the 15th. This well-known property boasts a voluminous portfolios allowing you to taste many different climats, plots, and wines. With 93 hectares, Domaine Joseph Drouhin is currently one of the largest estates in the region.

 

Maison Joseph Drouhin Tasting

The remainder of your day will be spent exploring the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune, where Chardonnay reigns! Arrive in the cute wine village of Aloxe-Corton and be welcomed at Comte Senard estate. There, you’ll enjoy bold food/wine pairings in harmony with a simple, local meal made in the most authentic Burgundian tradition. Sommeliers Manon, Baptiste, and Enzo will welcome and guide you through the prestigious range of Grand Cru wines from the Domaine.

 

After lunch, your chauffeur-guide drives you along the Route des Vins de Bougogne, exploring the wine villages of Pommard, where you can make a stop in front of the famous châteaux, lesser-known Saint-Romain and its beautiful cliffs, and famous gems such as Chassagne Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, and Meursault. There will be plenty of photo ops, like the iconic Montrachet arch in front of the walled vineyard.

Your day ends with a private tour and tasting at Michel Picard estate in Château de Chassagne-Montrachet. This unique site in a viticultural village sits at the foot of the mythical hill of Montrachet, cradle of the eponymous Grand Cru known worldwide. Enjoy the wines and time spent in the restored and renovated Maison, the jewel of the House Michel Picard.

 

Day 3: Hospices de Beaune with Maison Albert Bichot

It’s Wine Auction Day – Beaune style! You’ll be spending the day with a representative from one of the major wine players in Burgundy, who is closely linked to Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction. Maison Albert Bichot was their first sponsor (they bought their first barrel in 1876!) and also looks after the wines of the Hospices de Beaune estate in their Beaune cellar.

 

While Nashville Wine Auction is, at 45 years old, the longest running charity wine auction in the United States… Hospices de Beaune is the oldest charity wine auction in the world, having started in 1859. We are humbled.

 

Meet your host in the morning and head to Domaine du Clos Frantin, a Maison Bichot property located in Nuits-Saint-Georgesat the heart of the Côte de Nuits. There you’ll enjoy a tour of the beautiful 18th century estate and some landscape reading as well.

 

Back in Beaune, you will visit Bichot’s cuverie (winery), where the wines which will be auctioned at the Hospices are carefully looked after and aged with style. Lunch with your host will follow at Bichot’s private mansion. You will enjoy a homemade style menu paired with incredible wines.

 

After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of the Hospices, where the region’s history meets the wine trade history.

 

Bid your host goodbye and enjoy some time at leisure in the town of Beaune. With a lovely city center and plenty of wine, artisan, and gourmet shops… You’ll have no trouble keeping occupied until dinner. Why not try La Maison du Colombier tonight? This winemaker’s haunt has delicious plates of food and a fabulous wine by the glass choices.

 

Day 4: Côte de Nuits

After breakfast you’ll check out of Maison 1896 as you are headed to Dijon, the former fiefdom of the dukes of Burgundy during the Middle Ages. Before you get there, you’ll explore the legendary Côte de Nuits. This land stretches from Beaune in the South to Dijon and is home to the most sought-after Pinots Noir.

 

En route to your next hotel, you’ll stop for a tour of Burgundy’s most famous landmark, Château du Clos de Vougeot. Although this 900-year-old property no longer produces wine, it stands in a sea of vines and is the seat of the order of the Tastevin brotherhood.

 

Next up is a private visit with Domaine Drouhin-Laroze in Gevrey-Chambertin. Five generations have been running the Domaine for 163 years and now Christine and Philippe’s children, Caroline and Nicolas, represent the sixth. Christine Drouhin will welcome you herself and share her wines.

 

Lunch will follow at Le Millésime, an elegant restaurant in Chambolle-Musigny where your meal will showcase local flavors accompanied by the Grand Crus of the region.

 

While in Nuits Saint-Georges, you’ll visit an ordinary family with a history that is that is sometimes quite extraordinary, the world-renowned Domaine Faiveley. Since 1825, they’ve built their seven-generation legacy of winemaking.

 

If you wish to extend your time in the Côte de Nuits, you might consider visiting La Cuverie in Vosne-Romanée. This a new organic wine bar in the heart of the village is owned by Comte Louis-Michel Liger-Belair and his wife Constance.

 

Your driver will deliver you to your next accommodations in Dijon, the Grand Hôtel La Cloche Dijon. Ideally located in the heart of Dijon, the gateway to Burgundy, La Cloche is a haven for the discerning travelers. La Cloche offers contemporary accommodation with its trendy renovated rooms and impeccable and friendly service. Just a stone’s throw away from Jardin Darcy and buzzy Place Darcy, La Cloche offers a cozy bibliothèque bar where the finest liquors can be ordered and a restaurant in an airy conservatory offering local delicacies and aperitifs.

 

Day 5: A Slow Day in Dijon

Today you’ll set off on foot and meet your guide for a private food tour in the historic city center. You will not only explore the pedestrian center and see the Duke’s Palace, the beautiful Eglise Notre Dame, but will also sample your way through the many gourmet shops. Mustard, gingerbread, and truffles, oh my! Your tour ends with a generous cheese tasting with a very friendly cheesemonger!

 

The rest of the day is free, you can spend some time in the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin or visit La Cloche Spa. Dijon has many dining options for you to choose from, ranging from cozy wine bars to the two Michelin starred restaurant, William Frachot.

 

Day 6: Chablis

Wave goodbye to Dijon as today you are visiting Chablis, the northernmost area of Burgundy, famous for its crisp white wines. In Chablis, you will enjoy a VIP wine experience at Maison Régnard, one of the oldest and most prestigious Houses in Burgundy, known producing many 1er and Grands Crus. You’ll taste eight of their wines in the historic cellar.

 

A bit of sightseeing follows, as you’ll check out Grands Crus hill of Corton for some landscape reading on your way to town. We suggest lunch at leisure in the site city center with our recommendations. Visit Nashville Wine Auction’s friend François Servin, beloved 2019 l’Eté du Vin Guest of Honor, before discovering the Northern Burgundian countryside and its cute villages: Noyers, and Vezelay.

 

Your driver will then deliver the group to Château de Vault-de-Lugny, where you will stay for the last two nights of your trip. Passing through the impressive 13th Century fortifications to enter the hotel ensures a relaxing and discrete stay. The Château invites you to a romantic promenade and discovery in its 40-hectare fenced park or its original dungeon, moats, river, farm, gardens, truffle plantation, or unique swimming pool. You can have dinner in the beautiful historic dining room of the chateau’s restaurant tonight.

 

Day 7: La Vie de Château and Balloon Flight

Early this morning, you will enjoy a balloon flight over the beautiful countryside. The balloon will take off in the Château’s park, you will fly over the Burgundian countryside before landing and receiving your flying certificate, with a glass of Crémant in your hand of course. The flight will be quite early as the landscapes are spectacular at sunrise.

 

Rest of the day at leisure, you can enjoy the following activities at the property: swimming, hiking, e-bike riding, horse-riding (upon booking), or a truffle hunt (if in season)… It’s your call! Before dinner time, we will organize a customized wine tasting for you with the Château’s sommelier to say goodbye to Burgundy! The Château’s Michelin restaurant is a very good idea for your goodbye dinner.

 

Day 8: Au Revoir!

Following breakfast, you’ll have a private transfer to Dijon train station or Paris. And then you’ll be whisked back to Nashville with a suitcase full of stories, memories, and anecdotes about your time travelling the Burgundian countryside.

 

This 8-day/7-night trip for 3 couples includes:

  • 3 nights at Maison 1896 in Beaune with breakfast
  • 2 nights at La Cloche in Dijon with breakfast
  • 2 nights at Château de Vault in Lugny with breakfast

 

Tours and Tastings

  • Maison Champy
  • Maison Joseph Drouhin
  • Comte Senard Estate tasting
  • Michel Picard Estate
  • Albert Bichot in Beaune
  • Domaine Drouhin-Laroze
  • Domaine Faiveley
  • Maison Régnard
  • François Servin

 

Lunches with wine

  • Lunch at Bichot private residence
  • Comte Senard Estate
  • Le Millésieme

 

Activities, tours, and visits

  • Tour of Hospices de Beaune & Albert Bichot’s Cuverie
  • Domaine du Clos Frantin
  • Château du Clos de Vougeot
  • Private Food Tour in Dijon
  • Hot air balloon flight

  • All transfers as per the itinerary by professional English-speaking chauffeur driving a luxury van

Please note:  The itinerary presented is a complete trip for three couples. You can customize your itinerary, upgrade your accommodations or add additional days. Work with Nashville Wine Auction staff after the auction to book and/or upgrade your trip. Additional costs over what is listed above are the responsibility of the buyer(s). Please contact Nashville Wine Auction staff with potential travel dates to verify supplier availability before booking flights.

 

Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Trip does not include airfare/train travel, additional meals, drinks, and transfers not specified in the itinerary. Personal expenses, tips and gratuities, travel insurance (strongly recommended) are also not included. For best availability of suppliers, a minimum of three months advance notice of selected dates is required. Please contact Nashville Wine Auction staff with potential travel dates to verify supplier availability before booking flights. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.