This wine-rich getaway is about tradition, bubbles and Burgundy! You will be treated like family at the 18th-century Henriot family house, Les Aulnois, in the village of Pierry at the foot of the Côte des Blancs. This beautiful beginning will prepare you for two days and two nights of tastings, vineyards and very personal VIP dinners.
After arriving in Reims, you’ll receive a special welcome from Gilles de Larouzière, the eighth generation of the Henriot Family, leading the company whose origins go back to the founding of Champagne Henriot in 1808. Monsieur de Larouzière was named president of Maisons & Domaines Henriot in 2015.
One of the rare, independent Champagne houses that have been family-owned since inception, Henriot’s commitment to quality has remained unchanged since 1808, selecting the finest parcels, magnifying the purity of its Grands Crus, and respecting the aging time for each cuvée. Proud of its more than two hundred years of independence, the House has been cultivating a distinctive style of its own over the years, guided by the pursuit of the purest expression of Chardonnay—precise, elegant and luminous. Champagne Henriot boasts a remarkably high proportion of Premier and Grand Cru vineyards and a higher portion of reserve wines including their most audacious cuvée: Cuve 38, Henriot’s perpetual reserve with over 20 vintages.
You will have a fabulous experience deciding for yourself when you’re treated to a private tasting of Champagne Henriot’s portfolio!
As you will also discover, Gilles de Larouzière is a man of elegance and refinement, with a marked interest in culture and heritage values that are part of the spirit of Henriot’s family and its Champagnes. When you meet Gilles in Les Aulnois for a dinner that will be extraordinary in every way, he will undoubtedly guide you through the moments in the history of the House that have most shaped its identity, as he shares Henriot’s vision of Champagne, expressed in its distinctive style: French elegance and joie de vivre. In his own words, “Our products are for lovers who look for elegance in the meals that they eat and the wines that they drink, for people who try to live a joyous and elegant life.”
Your adventure continues in Beaune with an icon of Burgundy since 1731—Bouchard Père & Fils. Founded in 1731, it is one of Burgundy’s oldest wine merchants and one of the largest landowners in the Côte d’Or. With wines of outstanding consistency and the truest and finest expression of each terroir, Bouchard Père & Fils joined the Henriot Family portfolio in 1995.
You’ll enjoy your stay at Château de Beaune, built in the 15th-century bastions of Beaune. Here, you’ll visit the most prestigious vineyards of Burgundy owned by Bouchard Père & Fils including Clos Vougeot, Corton, Vigne de L’Enfant Jésus, Volnay Caillerets, Meursault, and lastly Montrachet where you’ll stop for a lovely picnic in the vineyard. You’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the wines of Bouchard Père & Fils during your visit to the Château de Beaune cellars and gardens.
Your dinner with Philippe Prost, will be fascinating! Emeritus winemaker and director of education for Bouchard Père & Fils, Philippe joined the winery in 1978 with an extensive education in chemistry. From his beginnings in laboratory analysis, he was given the responsibility of purchasing and receiving of the grapes and wines, and in 1992, Philippe assumed control of all winemaking responsibilities and has held the title of technical director ever since. Passionate about painting, drawing, photography—and, of course winemaking—Philippe is considered one of Burgundy’s most artistic and talented winemakers. The conversation at this magnificent dinner table will be brilliant as you enjoy the outstanding wines and cuisine of Bouchard Père & Fils.
So, bring on the bubbles and Burgundy with a bright, sparkling bid!
Airfare to France is not included. Ground transportation to Reims, France and from Beaune, France is not included. Ground transportation for the activities listed above is included. Visit to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates.
Gilles De Larouzière of Maisons & Domaines Henriot