On this trip to France, we wanted to visit one of the wine cellars in the Burgundy region. We spent one night in Dijon, and in the reception area of the apartment we stayed in had adverts for quite a few wine cellars. But the one which stuck out from the rest, was the one for Bouchard Aine & Fils in Beaune. Hence we decided to visit this wine cellar on our second day in France.
Below is the card I took from the apartment reception, so we had the necessary information to get to the wine cellar. This does point to the 5 senses trail, which I will write about in another thread.
We started out from Dijon and made our way south to the wine cellar, using satellite navigation. We were greeted by the sign of Bouchard Aine & Fils directing us to their car park.
There were vines right next to the car park, with grapes growing on them – so we took the opportunity to take photos of these.
It was also there where my wife saw the lady who would be our guide for the wine cellar tour.
We paid Euro 15.00 each for the tour, with our daughters and dog going in for free. The price includes the 45 minute tour through the wine cellar, tour of the manor house, a wine tasting glass which we can keep, and tasting of quite a few wines from this wine house. Below are some photos of the manor house.
Next we started the tour, where we learnt about the different wines made in the Burgundy region, the history of the wine house, and the start of the 5 senses trail (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch).
Next are photos of the wine cellar itself, with places where we get to taste the different wines from this wine house.
There are actually some very old bottles of wine in the cellar, which is fantastic. To think that some of these bottles are over a hundred years old, just goes to show how long these wine houses in France have been making wine for.
Finally we came out of the cellar to the final wine tasting area. This was where we tasted some of the better (and more expensive wines) from this wine house.
There are spittoons provided to spit out wines if required. We did not use this for the last few wines we tasted, as they were the best wines we tasted.
The Clos de Vougeot was particularly nice, especially when you consider that each bottle costs Euro 109.00.
We enjoyed this tour immensely, and even my daughters had a great time. It was definitely well worth the price of the entrance charge and I would recommend this tour to those who do make their way to the south of France. We did buy a few bottles of wine from them, which we will keep to enjoy in a few years time.