Day 1 – Check-in at the Hotel Crystal in Reims and a visit to the famous Champagne House Moet and Chandon in Epernay. On the way back from Epernay we stopped in the small village of Hautvillers, the village of the monk Dom Perignon.
The Hotel Crystal in Reims was our base for the first two days of the trip.
The cellars at Moet and Chandon was filled with millions of bottles of fermenting and aging Champagne.
Joanna and Judy at Moet and Chandon.
Preparations for the wine tasting at Moet and Chandon.
The happy tour group at the Moet and Chandon wine tasting. We were served 4 Champagnes, the Imperial, the Imperial Rose, the Imperial Nectar and the Imperial Nectar Rose.
Svetlana in Hautvillers, the village of Dom Perignon.
Day 2 – A morning visit and wine tasting at the small Champagne house J. Lassalle, run by three generations of Lassalle women, a walking tour of Reims including the spectacular cathedral, and dinner at the small Champagne house Fresne Ducret where we were served an amazing 5-course meal with Champagne at each course.
In the morning we visted J. Lassalle, a small Champagne house in the village of Chigny-les-Roses.
Three generations of Lassalle women run the House.
After the tour, we had tasting of 4 beautiful J. Lassalle Champagnes.
In the afternoon we had a guided tour of Reims including a tour of the spectacular cathedral.
In the evening we had an amazing 5-course dinner (each course served with Champagne) at the small Champagne house Fresne Ducret.
Day 3 – Travel to Beaune for hotel check-in, a visit and wine tasting at the famous Burgundy house Bouchard Per et Fils, a walking tour of Beaune including the Hotel Dieu.
The first order of business in Beaune was a visit and wine tasting at Bouchard Per et Fils, a very large and famous Burgundy House.
In the cellars at Bouchard Per et Fils.
Some of the burgundies at Bouchard are up to 150 years old.
The Hotel Dieu in Beaune.
Day 4 – A walking tour of the vineyards in Marsannay, a wine tasting Lunch at Olivier LeFlaive in Puligny-Montrachet, and an afternoon wine tasting at Chateau de Mersault where we tasted nine spectacular burgundies and a distilled spirit called Marc.
The day starts with a visit to the vineyards in the village of Marsannay.
A view of Marsannay from the vineyards. Dijon is in the distance.
We got a private lecture on the history of the local soil.
Our vineyard visit was followed by a visit to the famous retaurant Olivier LeFlaive in Puligny-Montrachet. We were lucky to meet the man himself, Olivier LeFlaive.
Our lunch was accompanied by 5 beautiful Olivier LeFlaive Burgundies.
After lunch we headed over to Chateau de Mersault for a wiine tasting.
At Chateau Mersault we had nine fabulous Burgundy wines and a taste of the local distileld beverage called Marc (the French version of Grappa).
Day 5 – A morning visit and wine tasting at Chateau de la Tour, Clos Vougeot, a drive through the Cotes du Beaune vineyards with a stop at the Romanee Conti and Clos des Lambrays vineyards, a wine tasting lunch at Pierre Bourée in Gevrey-Chambertin, a visit and wine tasting at Domaine Vigot Fabrice in Vosne-Romanée, and dinner at Le P’tit Paradis in Beaune.
The morning started with a winery tour and tasting at Chateau de la Tour, Clos Vougeot.
We sampled some very nice Burgundy wines at Clos Vougeot.
On the way to lunch in Gevrey-Chambertin, we drove through the Vineyards. This is the tour group in front of the very famous Romanee Conti vineyards.
These are the Clos des Lambrays vineyards which were recently purchased for an astounding $100M for 8.66 hectares by the LVMH Group.
After the vineyards we headed to Gevrey-Chambertin for a delicious wine tasting lunch at Pierre Bouree Fils.
After lunch was a tour and wine tasting at the small House Vigot Fabrice.
We had a beautiful wine tasting at Vigot Fabrice. We walked away with many purchased bottles of Burgundy.
We had a wonderful 5-course dinner with wine at Le Ptit Paradis
Day 6 – Drive to Paris, lunch at the famous Brasserie Mollard, and free time to explore the city.
Lunch at Brasserie Mollard, a famous Paris cafe.
Svetlana in front of the Louvre
Day 7 – Free time to explore Paris and the farewell dinner at Le Foodist.
Dinner was an amazing 5-course gourmet meal with Champagne and wine.
Wilda openiong a bottle of Champagne with a sword.
The top of the Champagne bottle after being knocked off with a sword.
A good time was had by all at Le Foodist.