On his Grape Trips Franck will be taking guests staying in either La Maison des Deux Clochers or La Maison de la Vieille Vigne on three half-day guided bike rides through the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. The week will also be punctuated with wonderful meals and many delectable surprises such as a very special winetasting in the vineyard below.
This isn’t any vineyard. It is the Premier Cru appellation Clos de la Rougeotte in the famed winemaking village of Volnay.
Our friend Marco (who is the one wearing shorts, I always berate him for not wearing something warmer on his legs when the trois amigos go for their Sunday morning bikes rides) manages the Domaine that has the monopoly for this very wonderful Volnay terroir.
That’s right, Domaine Buffet, Marco’s family Domaine since the 16th Century, is the only one in the world who grows and produces this particular wine.
Franck will take his Grape Trip guests to taste some of this exclusive wine in the vineyard you see in the photos. This is of course where the actual grapes are grown, and Marco will be on hand to give his thoughts and to answer any questions.
See that cherry tree by the stone wall? It is apparently what gives Clos de la Rougeotte its rich and unique flavour of red berries. Marco (not at all biased, of course) says is the very best Volnay in existence.
We’ll be sending out more information about Franck’s Grape Trips in our next Grape News which I’ll be posting here. But if you have any questions before then you can always find my email address at http://www.graperentals.com/.