Rhone, Champagne & Burgundy – Day 8


  Adieu Reims… They left Reims in the late morning. Some walked to the Saturday market to buy seasonal produce for a picnic lunch en route to Zeebrugge. This is the time of year for fresh, soft, creamy walnuts you could break open with your bare hands. Some had another look at the Chagall stained glass windows…

Rhone, Champagne & Burgundy – Day 7


Champagne Pierre-Gimonnet I like grower champagnes and Gimonnet is one of my favourite grower-producers. Every time I am in the Champagne region, I visit Didier Gimonnet in Cuis to taste and chat. Often, he gives me lunch as well. Cuis, in the Cote de Blancs, is a Premier Cru Village. Champagne, unlike other wine regions…

Rhone, Champagne and Burgundy – Day 4


The major event of the day was the tasting at Guigal The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Côte-Rôtie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in 1924 at 14…

Rhone, Champagne and Burgundy – Day 3


On Day 3, they went to Tain l’Hermitage to taste at Chapoutier   “Today the gradient of wine assessment & appreciation starts.” – Douglas noted. It is an hour’s drive from Lyon to Tain l’Hermitage. The A7 runs close to the left bank of the Rhone past Vienne with its Roman monuments and the fine…