Dulwich Wine Society

Burgundy Trip 2000

At Easter, a party of 25 members of the Dulwich Wine Society visited Burgundy for three days of visits to vineyards, winemakers and a tonnellerie.

Following an evening reception and meal at the Hôtel and Restaurant de la Cloche in Beaune, the first full day was taken up with a barrel and bottle tasting at the very traditional house of Maison Camille Giroud in Beaune, lead by Stephan Kat who as well as making the wine has previously visited the Society to give a tasting in London.

After a full morning tasting, the afternoon was spent looking around Beaune.

DWS Burgundy Trip 2000On the second day, a coach took the Society to Tonnellerie Rousseau where the art of barrel making was demonstrated to the society, and much was learnt about the way in which the skills of the tonnellier can alter the taste of the wine.  This was followed by a visit to a stave maker to see how the wood is split to make the barrels.

In the afternoon, Marsannay-La-Côte was the destination for a visit to the Domaine Fougeray de Beauclair for a look at the cellar and a tasting, and this was followed by a trip to the Grand Cru, Domaine des Lambrays in Morey St Denis, where a tasting was lead by the wine maker Thierry Brouin.

On the last day, a visit was made to Domaine Prieur-Brunet in Santenay, where Dominique Uny-Prieur gave us a tour of the winery and a tasting of wines. This was followed with a visit to Mercurey and Francois Protheau et Fils, whose ultra modern winery was on an altogether bigger scale.  The day ended with a tasting and candlelit dinner at Patriarche Pere et Fils in Beaune.