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Burgundy Sommelier on Wheels Bike Tour

With Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy

4 days / 3 nights Level: 1Price from: $4,195Collection: Specialty, Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle le Route des Grands Crus among the most esteemed vineyards in Burgundy
  • Learn about wine pairing from a Master Sommelier at private tastings
  • Accompany Carlton McCoy to insider visits at his favorite winemakers
  • Indulge in a Michelin-starred meal in the company of fellow wine connoisseurs

Eat

Coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, escargot, Jambon Persillé, foie gras, andouillette sausage; cheeses like chevre, Époisses, bleu de Bresse, and Citeaux

Drink

Sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne, robust Pinot Noir Grand Cru wines from Aloxe-Corton and Montrachet, and smooth, well-aging Chardonnays from Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet

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  • Day 1

    Welcome to Burgundy!

    Your guides will greet you at the train station in Beaune to begin an unforgettable discovery of wine by bike. Toast to the adventure ahead with a glass of sparkling Crémant de Bourgogne in medieval Beaune, set within massive 14th-century ramparts. After a bike fitting and safety talk, meet Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy and join him for a first spin through the scenic vineyards of the Côte de Beaune. Arrive at our friend’s farmhouse for a home-cooked lunch that will knock your cycling socks off, then opt to work off the feast with a longer ride back to Beaune. Tonight we dine at Beaune’s most esteemed Michelin restaurant, where Carlton will personally select wine pairings for all to enjoy.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Auxey-Duresses, Meursault
    Accomplished: 15 miles / 25 km, elevation gain: 137 meters
    Longer Option: 25 miles / 40 km
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Cep

  • Day 2

    Explore the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune

    Begin the day cycling through the picturesque villages of the French countryside, pausing in Saint-Romain for extraordinary views of its 13th-century castle ruins. We’ll pedal past Charolais cows grazing lazily, the ornate tiled roof of La Rochepot’s château, and the hamlet of Orches. In Chassagne-Montrachet, a gourmet picnic lunch awaits you, washed down with a tasting of Côte de Beaune’s Grands Crus vintages at Carlton’s friend’s estate. Cycle back to Le Cep through the towns of Puligny-Montrachet, Volnay, and Pommard, and spend the afternoon shopping and strolling in Beaune. This evening, sit down to a private tasting hosted by Carlton, where we’ll whet our appetite with his favorite Burgundy vintages and local producers before dinner in the heart of Beaune.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Beaune, Saint-Romain, Orches, La Rochepot, Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-
    Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Volnay, Pommard
    Accomplished: 27 miles / 44 km, elevation gain: 465 meters
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Cep

  • Day 3

    The Vineyards of the Côte de Nuits

    Breakfast is served in Le Cep’s 16th-century courtyard to fuel us up for a ride into the legendary Côte de Nuits region. We’ll cover the famous appellations of Aloxe-Corton and Nuits-Saint-Georges, the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti estate, and the enclosed vineyards of Clos de Vougeot. An unforgettable lunch is prepared by our friend and winemaker Christine Drouhin, paired with her own exceptional wines. This afternoon, our Master Sommelier will once again open doors to wineries that are close to his heart. Once we’ve emptied our glasses, opt for a quick transfer back to Beaune or complete an epic cycling loop through the hills, ending at our hotel. Celebrate our time together over a final dinner at a private club in Beaune, where Carlton and his vintner friend treat us to endless pours of elegant Pinot Noir and buttery white wines.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Aloxe-Corton, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Clos de Vougeot
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 173 meters
    Longer Option: 38 miles / 64 km
    Accommodations: Hotel Le Cep

  • Day 4

    Au Revoir Burgundy

    Say goodbye to Burgundy however you prefer: sleep in, stroll the streets of Beaune, or take one final ride on a section of the Route des Grands Crus. Later in the morning, your guides bid you “adieu” at the Beaune train station.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Beaune
    Accomplished: Optional morning ride

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotels substitutions, and other modifications.

Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy

Carlton McCoy was named Wine Director of element 47 at The Little Nell in July of 2012, marking an incredible rise through the food and wine industry that began with a high school culinary program for underprivileged youth.

McCoy is one of the youngest people in the world to have earned the Master Sommelier Diploma and is the second African American to do so. In May of 2013, at the age of 28, McCoy achieved the highest distinction afforded in the wine industry. This is an especially remarkable accomplishment considering, when McCoy was growing up, no wine was served in his home.

Raised in Washington, D.C., he spent his time assisting his grandmother with her church-based catering business. In high school, he enrolled in the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), which helps underprivileged youth get a head start on culinary careers. He was awarded a scholarship to The Culinary Institute of America, where he was called to his true passion: wine and service.

McCoy has a sense of adventure, traveling the world in search of great wine and spirits. He has graced several celebrated restaurants including Thomas Keller’s Per Se, Marcus Samuelsson’s Aquavit and Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak in New York City, Eric Zeibold’s CityZen at The Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., and worked with Doug Anderson at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

He arrived at The Little Nell in November of 2011, inspired by the hotel’s Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning program and the property’s exciting reputation as a training ground for Master Sommeliers. McCoy has received many awards including the Forbes “30 under 30,” Wine Enthusiast’s “Best New Sommelier” and Star Chefs’ “Rising Star Sommelier” among others.

As Wine Director, McCoy emphasizes an approachable wine tasting program and has introduced the wine tasting cellar at The Little Nell, enabling guests to gather for a casual après-ski visit (or even late-night fun) with a sommelier. When he’s not serving, studying, or tasting wine, McCoy is out running, biking, hiking, skiing or spending time with his “little buddy” through The Buddy Program, Aspen’s youth mentoring program.

Airport Information

Arrive

Airport City: Paris, France
Pick-Up Location: 11:00am at the Beaune Train Station or a Beaune city center hotel

Depart

Airport City: Paris, France
Drop-Off Location: 12:00pm at the Beaune Train Station

Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 3 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wines with every meal

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection and bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

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