Burgundy Celebration - La Vente des Vins

Arblaster & Clarke's barrel of Hospices wine at Faiveley
Burgundy Celebration - La Vente des Vins

Burgundy Celebration - La Vente des Vins
15 - 19 Nov 2014

   
Join us for this wonderful wine holiday to Burgundy – a celebration of La Vente des Vins. Burgundy is, of course, one of the world’s leading wine producing areas and this French wine tour is organised to coincide with the Vente des Vins at the Hospices de Beaune, which takes place on the third weekend of November every year. It is perhaps the most exciting event in the wine calendar. This starts on the Sunday with a huge wine auction in aid of the local hospital and continues with a range of wine and dining events until Monday.

£1,995 per person

Sole Occupancy: £260.00
Deposit: £500per person

We make travel to the region easy for you by including the Eurostar and TGV from London to Beaune (you can, as on all our tours, make different arrangements if your preference is to fly or drive).

Though Burgundy is often used to describe a much wider area of France, on this tour we focus on the greatest Burgundian vineyards found in the Côte d’Or, between Dijon and Santenay. The area is divided into the Côte de Nuits in the north, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. For centuries these sites have produced some of the finest wines in the world, now steeped in both tradition and prestige.

We stay in central Beaune at what is definetly the best 3* in the town centre, or you may choose to upgrade for a small supplement to a nearby 5* if you prefer. After our introductry wine tasting with our Wine Guide, we dine together at one of the excellent local bistros and taste a further selection of Burgundies.

Beaune is a beautiful medieval town with a maze of cobbled streets surrounded by ramparts and many fine 17th Century buildings, some of which are roofed with colourful Burgundian tiles. The most famous landmark here is the medieval Hospice, the Hôtel-Dieu, founded by Philippe le Bon’s chancellor Nicolas Rolin after an outbreak of plague in 1443. The Hospice owns 58 acres of vineyards and the wines produced are sold at the Vente des Vins auction every November. Nowadays all proceeds go to the modern hospital just outside the city walls. (See one of the two barrels (“Piece”) that Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours successfully bid for at the 2010 auction in the picture below).

Hospices de Beaune vineyards, Cote d'Or Courtyard of the Hôtel-Dieu, medieval Hospices de Beaune Etienne Grivot, Vosne-Romanee, Burgundy

On the first morning of the tour we will be welcomed for a visit and tasting at one of the major négociant houses in Beaune. We will learn about this side of the wine trade in Burgundy and enjoy a tasting of some of the regional styles. After a short stroll back to the town centre you are free over lunchtime to explore the many wine shops, cafés and restaurants.

In the afternoon you can choose to attend the 154th world-famous wine auction run by Christies at the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune with the A&C team and perhaps even bid on a barrel (we can help you arrange to bid with advance notice should you wish to participate in the auction). Barrels or “pieces” of 216 litres (288 bottles) are sold under the hammer for anything from around 3,000 euros to in excess of 45,000 euros depending on the contents. Like ay other auction, there are auction fees on top of this and of course you will need to arrange to cellar the wine in Burgundy during “elevage” and then for it be imported at which stage duties etc will be payable. We can however help you with all of this, as we have done it ourselves out of pure passion for these wines and to support the Hospices (and the excitement of being involved in this truly historic wine event and knowing that when the gaval goes down, you have not only bought into wine history, but you have a huge amount of Burgundian wines to enjoy! (One of our 2010 purchases is shown here, we bought another in 2011!)

We spend the evening at the prestigious post-auction dinner hosted by the Chevaliers-de-Tastevin for its members and the wine trade – and on this occasion as on many previous years, Arblaster & Clarke! The dinner is a spectacular event lit by candles with some of the best available food and wines to match! This really is an unforgettable occasion and one that we advise all serious Burgundy wine lovers to experience, preferably in our company of course!

The following day we begin with a visit to a leading wine producing family in Nuits-St-Georges, famous for its involvement with setting up the new Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in 1934. Here we will taste a selection of their broad production of wines from both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune.

In order to learn about a relatively new side of wine making in Burgundy we will have lunch today at a leading biodynamic producer in the Cote de Nuits. The wines are produced organically and according to the lunar calendar creating some stunning examples of Burgundy wine. This grower producer is well established with an excellent selections of Grand and Premier Cru wines.

The following day we will head into the Cote de Beaune for two visits to smaller independent wine producers chosen by us in the villages.

This five day break to Burgundy shows you the breadth of the wine trade here and we will be welcomed into private and exclusive events which will leave you with unforgettable happy vinous memories!

Outline Itinerary
Day 1. Saturday 15 November

Morning departure by train from London St Pancras to Beaune via Paris. Tutored wine tasting hosted by our Wine Guide. Included dinner in bistro in Beaune centre. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 2. Sunday 16 November

Morning visit to leading négociant, free time over lunch in Beaune. La Vente des Vins auction in Beaune. Dinner by candlelight at Hospices de Beaune. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 3. Monday 17 November

Morning visit to a domaine in Nuits-St-Georges. Lunch as private guests at a leading biodynamic domaine on Côte de Nuits. Return to Beaune for free evening. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 4. Tuesday 18 November

Morning visit to a domaine in Puligny Montrachet. Lunch at a wine estate in Aloxe-Corton. Afternoon visit to wine domaine. Free evening in Beaune. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 5. Wednesday 19 November

Morning departure by train from Beaune to London St Pancras.

Price includes:
  • Four nights 3* hotel in Beaune, with breakfasts.
  • Four meals with wines. At domaines, wine is served at their discretion, at restaurants half a bottle of wine is served per person.
  • Introductory tasting on the first evening hosted by your Wine Guide, Derek Smedley MW.
  • All visits and tastings as per the itinerary.
  • Standard Class Rail tickets with Eurostar and TGV for the dates of the tour from London to Beaune return.
  • Air-conditioned coach throughout the itinerary where needed.
  • Wine notes and maps.
  • Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours Restaurant Guide based on 26 years of hosting wine tours to Beaune.
  • Derek Smedley M.W. as Arblaster & Clarke Wine Guide.
  • Arblaster & Clarke Bi-Lingual Tour Manager.
Accommodation
3* Hotel, Beaune

Situated a short walk from the city walls, this is a character 3* that is family-owned and very well-run. Rooms are traditionally decorated in muted colours. Simple French breakfast is served to you in the breakfast room or the courtyard.

Travel

Morning departure by Standard Class Eurostar from London to Paris and connection on TGV to Beaune.

If you would like to upgrade to Premier Class, please inform us at the time of booking. We will advise upgrade prices 4 months prior to departure when the tickets are released.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to have the train included your options are:
Driving: If you prefer you could drive from Calais. This will also make it easy for you to buy wine on the spot should you choose to do so. Travel Dover-Calais with P&O or Folkestone - Calais with Le Shuttle.
Flying: The nearest airport is Paris, Charles de Gaulle or Lyon, St Exupery and there are of course numerous flights from all over the UK, indeed the world, to Paris and Lyon. We are happy to book and quote on your ex-UK flights or you may book these yourself at the best available price on the website.
Travelling from central Paris: If you are staying in Paris, there are frequent trains throughout the day to Dijon and Beaune.

If you would prefer to travel to the region via any other method than the included train travel, please advise us when booking, a £140 per person No Train Discount will be applied to your booking.

Room upgrade

Optional Upgrade 5* Hotel, Beaune: An elegant hotel situated a short stoll from the town centre. The hotel is in a classic French town house with a large garden. We reserve superior rooms which are large and individually furnished. The restaurant here is Michelin Starred and has an excellent and varied wine list.

 

To Upgrade: £235 per person plus deposit is £650 per person (rather than £500).

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Tour description

We make travel to the region easy for you by including the Eurostar and TGV from London to Beaune (you can, as on all our tours, make different arrangements if your preference is to fly or drive).

Though Burgundy is often used to describe a much wider area of France, on this tour we focus on the greatest Burgundian vineyards found in the Côte d’Or, between Dijon and Santenay. The area is divided into the Côte de Nuits in the north, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. For centuries these sites have produced some of the finest wines in the world, now steeped in both tradition and prestige.

We stay in central Beaune at what is definetly the best 3* in the town centre, or you may choose to upgrade for a small supplement to a nearby 5* if you prefer. After our introductry wine tasting with our Wine Guide, we dine together at one of the excellent local bistros and taste a further selection of Burgundies.

Beaune is a beautiful medieval town with a maze of cobbled streets surrounded by ramparts and many fine 17th Century buildings, some of which are roofed with colourful Burgundian tiles. The most famous landmark here is the medieval Hospice, the Hôtel-Dieu, founded by Philippe le Bon’s chancellor Nicolas Rolin after an outbreak of plague in 1443. The Hospice owns 58 acres of vineyards and the wines produced are sold at the Vente des Vins auction every November. Nowadays all proceeds go to the modern hospital just outside the city walls. (See one of the two barrels (“Piece”) that Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours successfully bid for at the 2010 auction in the picture below).

Hospices de Beaune vineyards, Cote d'Or Courtyard of the Hôtel-Dieu, medieval Hospices de Beaune Etienne Grivot, Vosne-Romanee, Burgundy

On the first morning of the tour we will be welcomed for a visit and tasting at one of the major négociant houses in Beaune. We will learn about this side of the wine trade in Burgundy and enjoy a tasting of some of the regional styles. After a short stroll back to the town centre you are free over lunchtime to explore the many wine shops, cafés and restaurants.

In the afternoon you can choose to attend the 154th world-famous wine auction run by Christies at the Domaine des Hospices de Beaune with the A&C team and perhaps even bid on a barrel (we can help you arrange to bid with advance notice should you wish to participate in the auction). Barrels or “pieces” of 216 litres (288 bottles) are sold under the hammer for anything from around 3,000 euros to in excess of 45,000 euros depending on the contents. Like ay other auction, there are auction fees on top of this and of course you will need to arrange to cellar the wine in Burgundy during “elevage” and then for it be imported at which stage duties etc will be payable. We can however help you with all of this, as we have done it ourselves out of pure passion for these wines and to support the Hospices (and the excitement of being involved in this truly historic wine event and knowing that when the gaval goes down, you have not only bought into wine history, but you have a huge amount of Burgundian wines to enjoy! (One of our 2010 purchases is shown here, we bought another in 2011!)

We spend the evening at the prestigious post-auction dinner hosted by the Chevaliers-de-Tastevin for its members and the wine trade – and on this occasion as on many previous years, Arblaster & Clarke! The dinner is a spectacular event lit by candles with some of the best available food and wines to match! This really is an unforgettable occasion and one that we advise all serious Burgundy wine lovers to experience, preferably in our company of course!

The following day we begin with a visit to a leading wine producing family in Nuits-St-Georges, famous for its involvement with setting up the new Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin in 1934. Here we will taste a selection of their broad production of wines from both the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune.

In order to learn about a relatively new side of wine making in Burgundy we will have lunch today at a leading biodynamic producer in the Cote de Nuits. The wines are produced organically and according to the lunar calendar creating some stunning examples of Burgundy wine. This grower producer is well established with an excellent selections of Grand and Premier Cru wines.

The following day we will head into the Cote de Beaune for two visits to smaller independent wine producers chosen by us in the villages.

This five day break to Burgundy shows you the breadth of the wine trade here and we will be welcomed into private and exclusive events which will leave you with unforgettable happy vinous memories!

Outline Itinerary & What's included

Outline Itinerary
Day 1. Saturday 15 November

Morning departure by train from London St Pancras to Beaune via Paris. Tutored wine tasting hosted by our Wine Guide. Included dinner in bistro in Beaune centre. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 2. Sunday 16 November

Morning visit to leading négociant, free time over lunch in Beaune. La Vente des Vins auction in Beaune. Dinner by candlelight at Hospices de Beaune. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 3. Monday 17 November

Morning visit to a domaine in Nuits-St-Georges. Lunch as private guests at a leading biodynamic domaine on Côte de Nuits. Return to Beaune for free evening. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 4. Tuesday 18 November

Morning visit to a domaine in Puligny Montrachet. Lunch at a wine estate in Aloxe-Corton. Afternoon visit to wine domaine. Free evening in Beaune. Overnight 3* hotel, Beaune.

Day 5. Wednesday 19 November

Morning departure by train from Beaune to London St Pancras.

Price includes:
  • Four nights 3* hotel in Beaune, with breakfasts.
  • Four meals with wines. At domaines, wine is served at their discretion, at restaurants half a bottle of wine is served per person.
  • Introductory tasting on the first evening hosted by your Wine Guide, Derek Smedley MW.
  • All visits and tastings as per the itinerary.
  • Standard Class Rail tickets with Eurostar and TGV for the dates of the tour from London to Beaune return.
  • Air-conditioned coach throughout the itinerary where needed.
  • Wine notes and maps.
  • Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours Restaurant Guide based on 26 years of hosting wine tours to Beaune.
  • Derek Smedley M.W. as Arblaster & Clarke Wine Guide.
  • Arblaster & Clarke Bi-Lingual Tour Manager.

Travel & Accommodation

Accommodation
3* Hotel, Beaune

Situated a short walk from the city walls, this is a character 3* that is family-owned and very well-run. Rooms are traditionally decorated in muted colours. Simple French breakfast is served to you in the breakfast room or the courtyard.

Travel

Morning departure by Standard Class Eurostar from London to Paris and connection on TGV to Beaune.

If you would like to upgrade to Premier Class, please inform us at the time of booking. We will advise upgrade prices 4 months prior to departure when the tickets are released.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to have the train included your options are:
Driving: If you prefer you could drive from Calais. This will also make it easy for you to buy wine on the spot should you choose to do so. Travel Dover-Calais with P&O or Folkestone - Calais with Le Shuttle.
Flying: The nearest airport is Paris, Charles de Gaulle or Lyon, St Exupery and there are of course numerous flights from all over the UK, indeed the world, to Paris and Lyon. We are happy to book and quote on your ex-UK flights or you may book these yourself at the best available price on the website.
Travelling from central Paris: If you are staying in Paris, there are frequent trains throughout the day to Dijon and Beaune.

If you would prefer to travel to the region via any other method than the included train travel, please advise us when booking, a £140 per person No Train Discount will be applied to your booking.

Room upgrade

Optional Upgrade 5* Hotel, Beaune: An elegant hotel situated a short stoll from the town centre. The hotel is in a classic French town house with a large garden. We reserve superior rooms which are large and individually furnished. The restaurant here is Michelin Starred and has an excellent and varied wine list.

 

To Upgrade: £235 per person plus deposit is £650 per person (rather than £500).

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Wine guide

Derek Smedley MW
Derek Smedley MW
More about Derek Smedley MW

Derek Smedley MW, is one of the most experienced members of the wine trade (since 1961). He passed the Master of Wine Examination in 1968. He started his career with Harveys of Bristol moved to Gilbeys before becoming wine buyer for Whitbreads and today is a consultant to merchants and in the City including several Livery Companies. Derek is a popular Wine Guide and takes tours right across the programme.

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