Les Roches is ideally located to explore the famous Burgundy wine areas where you can visit vineyards and taste their wines :
There are nearly 2 000 winemakers in Burgundy and they are relatively small with an average of less than 10 hectares of vines. For a self-drive tour, we recommend that you drive on the “Route des Grand Crus” when exploring Côte-de-Nuits and Côte-de-Beaune and you can stop at vineyards that have signs outside their entrance with “Caves Ouvert” and “Dégustation”.
For guided wine tours, we recommend Wine Liaisons, Bourgogne Gold Tour and Burgundy Discovery. We recommend Brendan for vineyard visits, winery tours and wine-tastings in all regions of Burgundy throughout the year. He knows over 200 vineyards in Burgundy and he can customise a tour based on your requirements. For further information, please see www.wine-liaisons.com. Youri, who is French but speaks English fluently, runs Bourgogne Gold Tour and will customise a wine tour and tastings based on your interests (and can also combine historical monuments with the wine tour). For more information, please see www.bourgogne-gold-tour.com. Robert and Joy are British and run Burgundy Discovery, established in 2003. They offer small group and private bespoke wine tours, focusing upon independent wineries traditional to the Burgundy region (www.burgundydiscovery.com).
The northern part of the Route des Grand Crus is the Côte-de-Nuits, stretching from the gates of Dijon to the village of Corgolin. The names of the villages along the way produce some of the best red wines in the world and include 24 of Burgundy’s 33 grand crus: Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Romanée-Conti to name a few. The following are some vineyards we recommend :
The Côte-de-Beaune reaches from Ladoix-Serrigny to the vineyards of the Maranges. Here, in the land where Chardonnay reigns, are to be found the greatest dry white wines in the world (Corton-Charlemagne, Montrachet to name a few). The following are some vineyards we recommend :
Chablis is known for their dry white wine – distinguished, lively, fruity, often copied but never equalled. From the vantage point of Préhy, the eye takes in virtually the whole of the Chablis vineyards, enabling you to visualise the hierarchy of the various appellations: Petit Chablis (on the plateaux), Chablis (northern and eastern slopes), Chablis Premier Cru (both banks of the Serein) and Chablis Grand Cru (right bank of the Serein), all with the same Chardonnay grape variety. The following are some vineyards we recommend :
The Côte Chalonnaise stretches from Santenay to Saint-Gengoux-le-National. This stretch of land blends village and nature, vineyard and hedged farmland, Romanesque churches and châteaux. Our favourite wines from this region are the white wines from Rully.