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.
As this tour is within 10 weeks of departure, we no longer include travel to the region. If you would like us to organise this for you, please call us. We can make travel arrangements for you via 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).
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!