The true Terroir of Chardonnay
This tour starts with a drive from Paris through the beautiful French Countryside to the Chablis Region of Burgundy. This scenic drive will be about 2 hours long and include a rest break halfway through. At the first winery of the day you’ll meet the owner, or her son, and walk through their beautiful vineyard overlooking the famous village of Chablis.
You’ll learn what the word “Terroir” really means as you touch the Chardonnay vines and the clay soil they grow in with your own hands. Then you’ll visit the massive grape press and see where their wine is fermented and refined. Afterwards, you’ll sit down for a tasting of at least 7 different wines.
The winemaker will teach you about the distinct characteristics of the white Chardonnay grapes. No one knows Chardonnay better than a Burgundy winemaker as Chardonnay was cultivated for the first time, in this region, more than 500 years ago. You’ll also learn the difference between a Grand cru and a Premier Cru and why some bottles are labeled Millesime and others Cuvé.
A Charming village and Cellars of the Knights Templar
Next you’ll visit the lovely town of Noyers-sur-Serein voted one of the Most Beautiful Villages of France by the French people. Nestled in a bend of the Serein river this, once fortified, medieval village will charm you. You’ll walk through the little cobbled streets with your guide and then have an hour of free time to eat your lunch at the café or restaurant that you think best fits your taste and budget.
Following lunch you’ll discover one of the oldest wineries in Burgundy. Since 1453, Domaine Bersan has been a family run winery. Meet Pierre-Louis, a 21st generation winemaker and explore the famous Bersan Cellars. Dug out by the Knights Templar in the 11th and 12th centuries, today the Bersan cellars are lined with beautiful Oak Barrels, full of amazing wine.
You’ll sit down with Pierre-Louis and he’ll introduce you to at least 5 of his favorite wines. The Pinot Noir grape sings in their Red and Rosé wines. You’ll be introduced to an Irancy red that can only be made in a small region of Burgundy and learn why bleeding Pinot Noir grapes to make a Rosé creates a very distinct flavor compared to a Rosé that was created by mixing a red and a white wine together.