Four days of discovering the unknown Burgundy

Join Ola Bergman and Peter Wasserman in the discovery of the lost Burgundy, the villages and wines that were overlooked as Burgundy was being rediscovered in the past 30 years. Unearth the appellations that were amongst the earliest to be developed by the Benedictine monks 500 years before the Cistercians. Rediscover the historic grape varieties that once were wide spread, and all but disappeared when the appellation laws were enacted. This is a traditional Burgundy, one of beautiful, rural simplicity and authenticity. It's the Secret Burgundy.

We will visit some of the areas that are just being (re)discovered today and meet the winemakers still steeped in tradition. We will give you the key to enjoying Burgundy like few can: a more affordable, but still authentic and delicious, Burgundy. This is the Burgundy we drink with our families, the Burgundy you can come home to when you just want a great glass of wine without thinking about a bottle’s age or value. This is, above all, the Burgundy that few people know.

Day 1

Marsannay, Ladoix, Chorey-lès-Beaune, Monthelie and Saint-Romain. These are the lesser-known appellations of the Côte d'Or, villages which have been overlooked.

  • Domaine visit and tasting in the morning
  • Tutored tasting after lunch including all these appellations

Day 2

The Grand Auxerrois – Saint-Bris, Irancy, Coulanges-la-Vineuse, Chitry, Tonnerre, Epineuil, Côte St Jacques and Côtes d’Auxerre. These are the appellations surrounding Chablis in northwestern Burgundy. Before phylloxera, this was the largest wine-producing area in France. In three short years, from 1877 to 1880, production dropped from almost three million hectolitres of wine to less than 200,000 – a 93 percent decline. Chablis managed to recover, but the rest of the region remains a sleeping giant. In this part of Burgundy you will also find many of the exceptions to the appellation system. Pinot noir and chardonnay are still the main grape varieties, but there is also césar, sauvignon and pinot gris among others.

  • Tutored tasting with growers in the morning
  • Domaine visit and tasting after lunch

Day 3

The Mâconnais – Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Pouilly-Loché, Saint-Veran and Vire-Clessé. This area in southern Burgundy, which is planted mainly with chardonnay, is the only part without any premier or grand crus. For the past four years the growers have been pushing for Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Pouilly-Loché and Saint-Veran (20 percent of the area’s village appellations) to be promoted to premier cru.

  • Domaine visit and tutored tasting before and after lunch

Day 4

The Côte Chalonnaise – Bouzeron, Rully, Mercurey, Givry and Montagny. This is the southerly continuation of the Côte d'Or, and we’ll discover five very different village appellations which are all excellent hunting grounds for affordable Burgundy. There are the whites of Rully reminiscent of Côte de Beaune wines, and the Chablis-like wines from Montagny. We’ll find powerful reds from Mercurey and Givry and, of course, the wines of Bouzeron, which are the only village appellation for the aligoté grape.

  • Domaine visit and tasting in the morning
  • Tutored tasting including all five appellations after lunch

Paulée

We finish the symposium with a paulée in the company of Becky Wasserman-Hone and Russell Hone at the family farm in Bouilland.

When, where etc

  • Price: €2400 (incl tax)
  • When: July 20–23, 2015
  • Where: All across Burgundy. At the domaines. In the cellars. In the vineyards.
  • Included: Tutored tastings. Wines at tastings. Transportation during symposium. Lunch. Mini paulée at the end of the symposium.
  • Not included: Hotels, dinners on nights off. Flights to Burgundy; transfers to/from airports. You need to book accommodation. Please ask us for a list of recommended hotels and chambres d’hôtes.