Burgundy's Grands Crus, recognised throughout the world by the most experienced collectors, are undoubtedly the best spokespersons of the excellence of the French vineyard internationally. Volnay, Romanée-Conti, Clos Vougeot or Meursault, these appellations produce outstanding wines suitable for the finest palets.
The steps of our Wine Tour of Burgundy's Grands Crus :
More than that, the Burgundy Grand Cru Tour is about breathtaking landscapes and unforgettable winegrower encounters. To avoid getting lost between Dijon and the South of Beaune, the best way is to follow the D974 which will guide you through the most beautiful properties.
The Saint-Romain Cliffs, the Hôtel-Dieu or the Cassissium will highlight the steps of your wine route for the pleasure of young and old alike. Lovers of full-bodied whites and light reds, discover our selection of winegrowers on the Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route.
First stop of this Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route at Gevrey-Chambertin, a few kilometres south of Dijon. Lovers of nature and photography will not be able to miss the Combe Lavaux nature reserve. After a few minutes' walk in the Franche-Comté forest, you can admire this ravine which is impressive for its size and the beauty of the massifs that border it.
At Domaine Trapet-Rochelandet, Laurent and his wife welcome you for a complete tour of the vineyard that produces on the famous appellation. The winegrower tells you with passion how he cultivates his 7 hectares respecting the fauna and flora that grows on his land. After a visit of the winery and the cellar, you will be able to taste the vintages produced by Laurent on the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation.
Second step on a prestigious appellation with the Domaine Jean-Marc Naudin, harvesting producer of Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru. The label ensures very low yields: the winegrowers choose the best grapes (sometimes berry by berry) that will constitute the Grands Crus of the Burgundy region.
With Jean-Marc, the wines are tasted in the cellar with quality and simplicity. The winegrower likes to explain the history of his estate, the way he works his vines and his anecdotes of winegrowers. The Grand Cru effect is assured for this first step of the Burgundy Grand Cru Wine Route.
Leave Beaune and its Hospices behind you to arrive in the small village of Pommard. Once you have crossed the Avant-Dheune, the river that cuts the village of Pommard in two, you will come across this charming family home that produces more than ten appellations including Pommard 1er Cru. The winegrower manages his vines according to organic farming methods. He limits as much as possible his intervention on the vine against diseases and pests to obtain a purer, more natural result.
Aubert, the winemaker of Domaine Lejeune, welcomes you for a tasting of the different vintages he creates. This will be an opportunity for you to discover the methods of biodynamic cultivation, between the respect of the lunar cycles and the preservation of the local fauna and flora. Aubert's secret: let nature express itself in order to obtain the low yields that will make his Great Wines.
Continue your Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route by following the D974 and you will arrive in the village of Meursault. Here you will find the vineyard of Olivier Chanzy, who grew up in the vines from a very young age. The winegrower devotes his whole life to the breeding of the vine and the wines. A passion that is shared on the estate: at the Maison Olivier Chanzy, they work as a family.
To continue tasting the Grands Crus of the Burgundy region, you can take a complete tour of the estate between cellars, winery and vineyards if the weather is good. Tasting is a must at Olivier's! He will make you taste his vintages made from the kings of Burgundy grape varieties: Aligoté and Pinot Noir.
Leaving Meursault behind, it's time to leave the D974 that you've been following since the beginning to get off the beaten track. You will arrive in the last village of the Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route: Santenay. This is where Eric Piffaut, who recently took over the estate, has settled. The winegrower moved to this prestigious location: a magnificent mansion on the main square of the village.
To end your Burgundy Grands Crus Wine Route in beauty, you can take a complete tour of the estate between the cellars and the winery. The most greedy will be able to grant their tasting of the great wines of Santenay of appetizers or a Burgundian mâchon.