Itinerary 1: Everything you want to know about Chablis wines
Nicknamed the “Golden Door of Burgundy,”the town of Chablis which is known all over the world is half way (180km) between Paris and Beaune. Although Chablis is a charming village of 2500 occupants, what most visitors truly seek in Chablis is the wine. The flowery, crisp white nectar is made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes.
- Departure: 8am (pick up at your hotel)
- Arrive around 10:30 am in Chablis
- Visit of Domaine Laroche*. Laroche is probably the most interseting winery to start with. Right in the heart of the village, their ageing facilities are located in the caves de l’Obédiencerie, an old monastery, which date back from the 9th century. Visit of the cellars and the old press. Laroche owns about 200 acres in various parts of Chablis. A comparative tasting of their wines will help you understand that there isn’t ONE Chablis but as many Chablis as “Terroir”
- Walk around Chablis. Although people mostly come to sample the wines, the town itself also deserves an exploration – it is a pretty place with some attractive medieval houses, some with ornate door and window openings, and a few other buildings of interest to discover.
- Lunch at the Hostellerie des Clos, an authentic and warm restaurant that serves friendly and Gourmet French food
- Enjoy the scenic drive through the vineyards to see from the top of the vineyards why Chablis produces 4 different wines, Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis 1er Cru and Chablis Grand Cru. How to understand the concept of “Terroir”? We will also explain how growers work on the vines all year long
- There are only few kilometers from Chablis to the beautiful village of Saint-Bris for a last stop at Domaine Goisot**, a family winery run by Jean-Hugues Goisot. Goisot is the passionate leader of “Biodynamic” wines in the area and his wines are truly authentic.
- Return to Paris around 7 pm (depending on traffic)
* An alternative to Laroche is William Fèvre, the most important Chablis producer of Grand Cru.
**We always book a family run winery in the afternoon. It could be Goisot or another one because they are not always available
to welcome people. We always do our best to reserve the most interesting ones