800 YEAR OLD CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE-DAME IN REIMS, CHAMPAGNE

Miles of underground cellars in Champagne

We visit the Grand Marque Champagne Houses

The mythical domaines of Burgundy

800 YEAR OLD CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE-DAME IN REIMS, CHAMPAGNE

800 YEAR OLD CATHEDRAL OF NOTRE-DAME IN REIMS, CHAMPAGNE

MILES OF UNDERGROUND CELLARS IN CHAMPAGNE

MILES OF UNDERGROUND CELLARS IN CHAMPAGNE

WE VISIT THE GRAND MARQUE CHAMPAGNE HOUSES

WE VISIT THE GRAND MARQUE CHAMPAGNE HOUSES

The mythical domaines of Burgundy

THE MYTHICAL DOMAINES OF BURGUNDY

CHAMPAGNE, CHABLIS & BURGUNDY

This is an exceptional Fine Vintage luxury wine tour.

THE PINNACLE OF FRENCH SAVOIRE-FAIRE

Over 5 exquisite days you will visit the icon producers in 3 of the world’s greatest wine regions, in the lap of luxury, hosted by a Master of Wine.

We rendezvous in Paris, then spend 2 days exploring the famous Champagne Houses to the point that you’ve swimming in the finest fizz.  You’ll learn about the incredible art of making the world’s best sparkling wine whilst enjoying lavish lunches and dinners.

You’ll spend a day in Chablis visiting the top producers, savoring the mineral-laden purity of these crisp, steely wines that can age for decades.  The final 2 days in Burgundy are action-packed.  From your luxury hotel in the heart of Beaune we will strike out to taste Grands Crus in the famed appellations of the Cote-d’Or, descending deep into the cellars of the great merchant Houses and finest Domaines.

The hotels are first class and characterful.  You’ll dine like Kings and Queens.  You’ll discover the cathedral in Reims and have free time to wonder the cobblestone streets of Beaune.  I’m so proud of this tour.  You’ll love it.

I invite you to join us.

JAMES CLUER, MASTER OF WINE

Champagne & Burgundy Tour

May 31st – June 4th 2021


Hosted by James Cluer MW

$3,495 USD per person

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ABOUT THE TOUR & REGION

THE BENCHMARK

Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy are the world’s benchmarks for sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

It’s a rare and unique experience to be welcomed by the great Estates, to meet the people behind the wines, and taste them in the cellars and over beautiful meals.

We are privileged to have personal relationships with the owners and winemakers.

Champagne

Burgundy

THE BENCHMARK

Champagne, Chablis and Burgundy are the world’s benchmarks for sparkling wine, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

It’s a rare and unique experience to be welcomed by the great Estates, to meet the people behind the wines, and taste them in the cellars and over beautiful meals.

We are privileged to have personal relationships with the owners and winemakers.

PARIS

BILLECART-SALMON, THE KING OF ROSÉ

Champagne vineyards

CHAMPAGNE BOLLINGER, 007’S FAVORITE TIPPLE

THE PARIS – CHAMPAGNE EXPRESS

We rendezvous in Paris in the morning.  Before you know it you’re at one of the great Champagne Houses having a delicious lunch, sipping bubbles, and learning all about this classic region.

More visits follow.  Our friends at Billecart-Salmon, Bollinger, and Pol Roger welcome us.

Dinner at one of the great Houses will be a lifelong memory.

Moet et Chandon’s cellars

Moet et Chandon’s cellars

Touring and tasting in the caves

Touring and tasting in the caves

Carvings deep in the underground cellars at Clicquot

Carvings deep in the underground cellars at Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Dom Perignon

Dom Perignon

Moet et Chandon’s cellars

Touring and tasting in the caves

Carvings deep in the underground cellars at Clicquot

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin

Dom Perignon

THE PINNACLE

There’s no question that Champagne produces the finest sparkling wine in the world.  We’ll take you inside the very best Houses, deep inside their cellars, to explore and taste the icon wines.

Krug, Roederer, Taittinger, Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart and more.

The sublime purity of Chablis

The magical and mythical town of Beaune, Burgundy

Rest your head in comfort

THE MINERALITY OF CHABLIS

En route to Burgundy we spend the day in Chablis, visiting the top producers of this quintessential Chardonnay.

The minerally, steely and crystalline Grands Crus always taste sublime during lunch overlooking the vineyards where they are grown.

That night you will rest your head at a luxurious hotel in Beaune, the heart of Burgundy.

THE MERCHANTS OF BEAUNE

Meandering through the cobblestone streets of Beaune, you’ll descend into the cellars of the great merchant Houses.

Prepare to indulge in extensive tastings of Grands Crus and get schooled on Burgundy at the likes of Bouchard Pere, Drouhin, Jadot and more.

The final dinner is a gastronomic affair.

Hospices de Beaune, Burgundy

The most expensive vineyards in the world

Beaune, steeped in history

Delicious French food

Gastronomic meals

THE MERCHANTS OF BEAUNE

Meandering through the cobblestone streets of Beaune, you’ll descend into the cellars of the great merchant Houses.

Prepare to indulge in extensive tastings of Grands Crus and get schooled on Burgundy at the likes of Bouchard Pere, Drouhin, Jadot and more.

The final dinner is a gastronomic affair.

Clos de Vongeot

Clos de Vougeot

Storied domaines, typically closed to the the public

Storied domaines, typically closed to the the public

Art and architecture, a breathtaking experience

Art and architecture, a breathtaking experience

Clos Vougeot, hallowed ground

Clos Vougeot, hallowed ground

We visit some of the classic appellations and domaines

We visit some of the classic appellations and domaines

Clos de Vougeot

Storied domaines, typically closed to the the public

Art and architecture, a breathtaking experience

Clos Vougeot, hallowed ground

We visit some of the classic appellations and domaines

Exploring the Classic Appellations

You’ll see the famed vineyards of the greatest appellations, tasting some of the finest white and red wines in the world at our visits to producers.

Olivier Leflaive, Comte Senard, Domaine de l’Arlot, Domaine des Lambrays – you will meet the owners and winemakers behind some of the most prestigious wines in the world.

MEET YOUR HOST

Our Luxury Wine Tours in Champagne & Burgundy are guided by Master of Wine, James Cluer.

BORDEAUX, THE RHONE VALLEY
CHAMPAGNE & BURGUNDY
SPAIN, SOUTH AFRICA

JAMES CLUER MW


Your host in France, Spain and South Africa

MEET JAMES

JAMES has 26 years of experience in the wine trade, having worked at wineries in Bordeaux, Australia, Napa Valley and the Okanagan. For several years he lived in Bordeaux and was the Export Director for a French negociant. He also worked for an Ontario import agency, living in both Toronto and Vancouver.

He now spends his time running Fine Vintage which operates in 15 countries. He is the GM of two wineries in Canada, consults to governments, major airlines, luxury hotel chains, and instructs at the Fine Vintage wine schools in the USA, Canada and Italy.

He passed the Master of Wine in 2008, and has visited the vast majority of wine regions in the world.

In 2010, following numerous requests from students, James decided to offer a wine tour to the great chateaux in Bordeaux, his old stomping grounds. He has personally designed each and every tour, paying meticulous attention to the smallest detail, and he hosted all of them for several years.

Today, James oversees every tour, directing the itineraries, and ensuring the quality standards are at the highest level on every single trip.

UPCOMING CHAMPAGNE & BURGUNDY WINE TOUR

Champagne & Burgundy Tour

May 31st – June 4th 2021


Hosted by James Cluer MW

$3,495 USD per person

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

Included in the price is 4 nights’ accommodation split between two luxury hotels, all meals except those during free time, all winery tours, all wines at the visits, local transport for the duration of the tour, and all taxes and gratuities.

Basically everything is included except your flights to Paris, your onwards transport from Burgundy after the tour ends, insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

PLANNING TIPS

Before the tour we will send some useful pre-trip information to help you with your planning.

Here you’ll find advice on how to get there, tips on what to wear, other things to do in Paris, details on the hotels, and what you might like to read in advance.

WEATHER

We visit during some of the nicest times of year, the Spring and the Fall.  The weather is not too hot, is typically dry, and warm.

TESTIMONIALS

Everything was 5-star
“Champagne-Burgundy was my second Fine Vintage tour and everything was 5-Star. The accommodations were luxurious while maintaining the quaint character of the locations. There are no words to adequately describe the meals except, perhaps, Michelin star worthy. Each of wineries visited offered a new and fascinating experience to enhance the educational aspect of the tour. The overall value received far exceeds the price of the tour. The trip is action packed so I highly recommend that attendees plan time before or after for personal sightseeing and shopping. The trip ends in Dijon on Friday and staying at least one additional day to see the town and sample its cuisine is a must.”


COLLEEN ROBERTS, CHICAGO, IL
When only the best will do
“For those who have been on a wine tour, if you haven’t traveled with Fine Vintage then you actually have not experienced the pinnacle of wine tours! We have been on three with the most recent being the exclusive and incredible Champagne-Burgundy tour. Traveling with a Master of Wine and being admitted to the very best and most famous Chateaus is literally as good as it gets! Between the notoriety and reputation of Fine Vintage and our accomplished MW tour guides our many hosts give us their very best creating life-long memories! Can’t wait for the next life changing opportunity!”


DAY ROY, ST. ALBERT, AB

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