2 – 1.5 Liter 2003 Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru
2 – 1.5 Liter 2005 Joseph Drouhin Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
2 – 1.5 Liter 2011 Joseph Drouhin Beaune Clos des Mouches Premier Cru Blanc
2 – 1.5 Liter 2013 Joseph Drouhin Montrachet Marquis de Laguiche Grand Cru
Ten (10) day journey through the best of Burgundy for two (2) couples
Roundtrip, Business Class Airfare from a major city in the contiguous United States to Paris, France for two (2) couples
VIP Meet and Greet, roundtrip airport services, with baggage and customs assistance
Private car service from the Paris airport to Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France for two (2) couples
Three (3) nights’ accommodations in the 18th-century family guest house at Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France for two (2) couples
Private visit of the 13th–15th-century ancient cellars of the Dukes of Burgundy and Kings of France, with a tasting of special wine selections
Exclusive, private dinner with proprietor Véronique Drouhin-Boss
Private tour through some of the most prestigious vineyards of Burgundy
Lunch in a charming village of Côte d’Or
A signed copy of the book Wine & War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Don & Petie Kladstrup
Seven (7) nights’ accommodations aboard the three (3) guest-cabin Belmond barge Fleur de Lys from Dijon to Vandenesse, with a sundeck, heated pool and a six-person crew to attend to your every need
Champagne reception and dinner aboard on your first night
Table d’hôte meals prepared with regional specialties and seasonal delicacies unique to the area
Visit to Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
Cruise of Gissey-sur Ouche and visit to Dijon, including the Ducal Palace and shopping
Visit to La Bussière-sur-Ouche
Visit to Châteauneuf en Auxois, with lunch at Michelin-starred 1131 at Abbey de la Bussière
Cruise to Pont d’Ouche with a visit to Beaune
Journey to Vandenesse and visit to Château de Pommard
Privately guided land excursions, as planned in the Belmond itinerary
Farewell, chef-prepared gala dinner on board
Of all the world’s great wine regions, Burgundy is the hardest one to access: the region is insular, and the best properties are small, family-owned wineries that usually don’t welcome visitors. The winning bidder on this lot will have an intimate, behind the scenes view of Domaine Joseph Drouhin, one of Burgundy’s greatest estates, along with the very best in sightseeing, culture and cuisine.
Founded in 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin is a standard-bearer for excellence in the region, focused on natural farming, rigorous attention to detail, passionate discipline and the creation of wines that are balanced and harmonious. The domain produces wine from close to 90 different appellations including Chablis, Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Côte Chalonnaise and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
One of the main reasons for the domain’s continued success is the fact that it remains family-owned, with four of Joseph Drouhin’s great-grandchildren running the company. First among equals is Véronique Drouhin-Boss, head winemaker and “guardian of the Drouhin style.” She supervises the vinification of the wines, tracking their development and aging through daily tastings with her brothers.
Your Burgundy adventure begins with three nights at the 18th-century Drouhin family guest house in Beaune. In addition to a private dinner with Véronique herself, you’ll have a tour of the cellars located underneath the Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne, built in the 13th century for the Dukes of Burgundy and which passed into royal control during the reign of Louis XI.
During your time in Beaune, you’ll have the opportunity to visit some of the region’s most distinguished vineyards, many of which are not open to the public, plus enjoy a casual lunch in a charming village of Côte d’Or.
As a souvenir of your visit to Beaune, you’ll take home an autographed copy of Wine & War: The French, the Nazis and the Battle for France’s Greatest Treasure by Don and Petie Kladstrup. This fascinating book tells the story of the country’s courageous and clever vintners, who saved France’s most precious commodity from German hands during World War II, and will provide background information on Véronique’s grandfather, Maurice Drouhin.
Next, travel to Dijon and board Belmond’s luxury barge Fleur de Lys, for a week of exploring the region’s top castles and vineyards in style. Your hotel barge is outfitted with every possible convenience, including rooms with four-poster beds and spacious ensuites, a stately lounge, a sundeck with a heated pool and even a baby grand piano. The crew of six will pamper your party of four and your private onboard chef will utilize the bounty of Burgundy to create his daily menus.
The Fleur de Lys will float at a leisurely pace down the River Ouche and the canals of Southern Burgundy, taking advantage of the best the region has to offer. You’ll pay a visit to the fabled Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de Vougeot, with the abbey created by Cistercian monks in the 12th century. The château itself is the headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, the world’s most prestigious Burgundy appreciation society.
You’ll visit Dijon and tour the Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy, the ruling seat of the Duchy of Burgundy from 1363-1477. Stroll down the Rue de la Liberté, Dijon’s main shopping street, where you’ll find stores specializing in local delicacies such as mustard, snails and crème de cassis. When you reach La Bussière-sur-Ouche, you’ll pay a visit to Châteauneuf -en-Auxois, one of the most beautiful villages in France and stop at the Abbey de la Bussière for lunch at the Michelin-starred restaurant Le 1131.
Your route will take you once again to Beaune, where you can see the famous Hôtel-Dieu, founded in 1443 as one of the world’s first charity hospitals. Your final stop will be in Pommard, where you’ll visit the Château de Pommard, a walled vineyard established in 1726.
From beginning to end of your barge cruise, you’ll enjoy comfortable luxury, intuitive personal service and meals inspired by local produce, seafood and meat. You’ll have guided tours of the most interesting historical sites and access to the finest vineyards along your route.
Back home, each couple will enjoy a collection of rare Magnums from the Joseph Drouhin collection, including the 2003 Joseph Drouhin Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru, known for its aromatic intensity, described as warm and silky on the palate, and will continue to age gracefully another twenty years.
Want to experience 10 days as an insider in Burgundy? All it takes is raising your paddle high and keeping it there.
Roundtrip, Business Class Air from a major city in the contiguous United States to Paris, France is included. VIP meet and greet, roundtrip airport services in France and ground transfer to Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune is included. Ground transportation around Beaune for activities listed above is included. Visit to be scheduled for mutually agreeable dates and is based on availability. Meals and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary while on your barge cruise. Each cabin on the Fleur de Lys can be configured in King or Twin beds; has an en-suite bathroom with twin washbasins, a 110-220-volt shaver socket and large corner shower or bathtub with an overhead shower; and has individually controlled air conditioning/heating units. Belmond route is subject to change, based on water levels and other unforeseen circumstances.
The Drouhin Family of Maison Joseph Drouhin
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