We’ve teamed up with our good friends and colleagues, Lynne and David Hammond to bring “Burgundy To You” to Provence the Burgundy Masterclass. This tour is perfect if you haven’t the time to make it to the Burgundy region yourself. If you don’t already know David and Lynne they are one of the Burgundy regions most experienced anglophone experts having run tour companies, wine events, a cookery school and a wine retailing business in the area for nearly 15 years. For more information take a look at their site: www.bringingburgundytoyou.com
Our guests can choose to extend their three night “Selected Domaines” tour with a unique opportunity to take a Masterclass in Burgundy …an immersion in all you need to know about the “terroir”, tasting of a superb range of Burgundies including prestige bottles, and in the evening the opportunity to pair Burgundy wines with food …right here at La Madelène.
On the Saturday following your Rhone tour, David and Lynne will drive down from Burgundy and will join you at breakfast.
Your Burgundy Masterclass will begin at 10.00am with a background to Burgundy over a chilled glass of sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne accompanied by Lynne’s home-made gougères.
David & Lynne will walk you through the Burgundy grape varieties, geography, aoc classification system, typical wine growers, importance of terroir and review recent vintages. The style is to encourage questions and discussion in an informal and relaxing way.
Around mid-morning: a tutored tasting of white wines taking you through village, single vineyard and premier cru examples from vineyards in close proximity to one another but with different terroir.
Lunch time: We will break for a light meal prepared by Jude, al fresco if weather permits.
In the afternoon we’ll continue with a tutored tasting of red wines, perhaps, from one grower or vintage. We’ll take you through typical aromas and flavours and what to expect from a village wine through to Grand Cru along with ageing potential.
We’ll finish late afternoon with a light-hearted prize quiz, with time for you to enjoy the pool or gardens at La Madelene.
Early evening it will be time for a Burgundy aperitif while Lynne and Jude prepare a delicious four-course Burgundy-style dinner accompanied by top white and red wines of the region.
Stay an extra night on this Saturday (in the same room) at La Madelène. Sunday morning its sadly time to depart after breakfast.
Supplementary price per couple to our Selected Domaines tour: €700
We’ll be offering the Bringing Burgundy To Provence Masterclass on the following dates in 2015: Friday 28th August and Saturday 5th September.