Bouchard Aine & Fils – wine cellar tour

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.

Bouchard Aine & Fils advert
Bouchard Aine & Fils advert
Further information about the wine cellar
Further information about the wine cellar

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.

Bouchard Aine & Fils sign - entrance to parking area
Bouchard Aine & Fils sign – entrance to parking area

There were vines right next to the car park, with grapes growing on them – so we took the opportunity to take photos of these.

Vines growing next to the wine cellar
Vines growing next to the wine cellar
White grapes growing
White grapes growing

It was also there where my wife saw the lady who would be our guide for the wine cellar tour.

Store house and vines next to the car park - our tour guide taking out a few cases
Store house and vines next to the car park – our tour guide taking out a few cases
Bouchard Aine & Fils property
Bouchard Aine & Fils property
The house of the cellar
The large manor house of Bouchardf Aine & Fils

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.

Dining area
Dining area
Wall decoration
Wall decoration
Wall display
Wall display
Fireplace with decoration
Fireplace with decoration
Very old wine bottle - part of the history of Bouchard
Very old wine bottle – part of the history of Bouchard

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).

Bouchard family tree
Bouchard family tree
Joseph Bouchard
Portrait of Joseph Bouchard – the founding father of the wine house

Next are photos of the wine cellar itself, with places where we get to taste the different wines from this wine house.

First wine tasting area
First wine tasting area
My wine tasting glass
My wine tasting glass with the white wines we tasted
Wine bottles along the cellar
Wine bottles along the cellar
Wine barrels in the cellar
Wine barrels in the cellar
Mersault wine tasting
Mersault wine tasting

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.

Old wine bottles in the cellar
Old wine bottles in the cellar from 1911 (105 years oild)
Another wine tasting area
Another wine tasting area

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.

Last wine tasting area
Last wine tasting area

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.

Spittoon at the last wine tasting area
Spittoon at the last wine tasting area

The Clos de Vougeot was particularly nice, especially when you consider that each bottle costs Euro 109.00.

Clos de Vougeot 2008 at the wine tasting
Clos de Vougeot 2008 at the wine tasting
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Savigny-Les-Beaune from Bouchard

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.

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